M.S. and Ph.D. Programs

Program Description

Conduct high-impact, original research with award-winning faculty mentors in state-of-the-art facilities while residing in the beautiful (and affordable) state of Michigan.

CMU offers BCMB programs at the Ph.D. and M.S. levels. The core courses are the same in both programs, the Ph.D. dissertation represents a substantially greater amount of original research compared to the M.S. thesis.

Students with a bachelor's degree may apply to either the M.S. or the Ph.D. program. However, students with limited research experience should consider first taking the M.S. program.

Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program provides an in-depth research experience over approximately five years. Students graduating with a Ph.D. typically go into careers in academia, industry, or other fields that draw on the knowledge and skills acquired during their graduate work.

M.S. Program

Students complete the M.S. program in approximately two years. The combination of advanced course work and research experience prepares students for Ph.D. programs, schools in the Health Professions (e.g., medical school), or jobs in biotechnology.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

All applicants to the program are encouraged to apply for graduate assistantships, which are awarded on a competitive basis. Students should discuss the possibility of graduate assistantships with their advisors when applying to the graduate program, as a limited number of assistantships are available.

Faculty Mentors

Faculty mentors participating in the BCMB programs have demonstrated excellence in research and teaching, and are committed to student success.

BCMB faculty are housed in the Biology Department, the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, the College of Medicine, and the College of Health Professions.

How to Apply

First, contact a faculty member with whom you are interested in working. In order to be accepted into the program, your application must be sponsored by a participating faculty member who is willing to take you into his or her research program.

Next, complete the online application for admission, and submit the required materials:

  • an application for admission
  • official transcripts for any bachelor's degree
  • a Major GPA calculation form
  • a statement of purpose describing your interest in the BCMB program, the faculty mentor you intend to work with, and your prior research experiences (if any) and how they will contribute to your future success
  • a CV/Resumé
  • three letters of recommendation must be emailed directly to: biogradcoord@cmich.edu
International students must provide evidence of English proficiency (CMU institutional code 1106)


Preference will be given to applications received by February 1 in order to be considered for admission into the program the following fall semester. However, the BCMB programs offer rolling admissions, and applications will be considered at any time.

Apply online at apply.cmich.edu and send additional materials outlined above to:

Graduate Program Administrator
Department of Biology
Central Michigan University
Biosciences 2100
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

Career Outlook

For More Information

Shanna Wenzlick
Graduate Program Administrator
Department of Biology
Biosciences 2100
(989) 774-3363

See our Graduate Programs Website

This program is housed within The College of Science and Engineering