Program Description

Challenge yourself and exceed your goals in the biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology M.S. and Ph.D. programs at CMU. Students receive research-based, multidisciplinary training in diverse aspects of biological, biochemical and biomedical sciences. Tailor your education to your future aspirations with the Careers in Biomedical Science or the BCMB Colloquium courses. The driven and dedicated faculty can help you create and cultivate an educational path that will lead to an impactful and meaningful career.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

Both the M.S. and Ph.D. BCMB programs involve in-depth and advanced research. Students will conduct research in state-of-the-art facilities located in the Biosciences Building. Its core and specialty labs include:

  • Imaging.
  • Flow cytometry.
  • Insectary.
  • Herbarium.
  • Biosafety level-3 lab.
  • Radioisotope lab.

Researchers use a wide array of techniques and model systems to pursue basic and translational research on topics ranging from cancer and infectious diseases to neuroscience and developmental biology.

Graduate students in the BCMB programs are typically supported through a combination of teaching and research assistantships. Graduate teaching assistantships and graduate research assistantships are service-related appointments that require teaching or research, respectively. These assistantships give you a stipend, tuition waiver, travel accident insurance and special library privileges.

Admission Requirements

Admission to both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs require:

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or a related discipline.
  • Overall GPA and major GPA of 3.0.
  • GRE scores, MCAT or similar tests for admission to professional school may substitute for the GRE.
  • A strong background in biology, chemistry and mathematics.
  • International students must demonstrate English proficiency.
  • Sponsorship by a faculty member participating in the program.
  • Research experience is strongly preferred for the BCMB Ph.D. program.

For program-specific requirements, visit the program page.

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

Apply online at and email three letters of recommendation to

Graduation Requirements

M.S. students will write and defend a thesis describing their research project.

Ph.D. students will write and defend a thesis or dissertation describing their research project. 

For More Information

Graduate Program Administrator
Department of biology
Brooks Hall 217