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Molecular Biosciences

Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)
Offered By: College of Science and Mathematics
Graduate School
Application Deadline: February 15th for Fall Term and July 15th for Spring Term


The Graduate Program in Molecular Biosciences at Arkansas State University encompasses the areas of biotechnology, cell biology, computational biology, immunology, food safety, neurobiology, regulation of gene expression, signal transduction and cellular metabolism, and structural biology. The MBS graduate program trains highly qualified students for productive careers in research and teaching through the completion of the PhD degree.

Our mission is to train the next generation of scientists with strong emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches, state-of-the-art technologies and innovation to engage in research in genomic, proteomic, cellular, and organ-based systems for the purpose of translating this knowledge into applications benefitting society in fields ranging from agriculture to medicine, from forensics to environmental sciences, from food sciences to renewable energy. 

To begin the application process, please submit an online application to ASU Graduate School.

  • Admission Process

    Applicants to the Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences Program must have a minimum of a B.S. in a basic or applied science, although preference may be given to M.S. level applicants. Applicants must submit all of the following to the Graduate School by February 15 for consideration for Fall admission and July 15th for Spring admission:

    1. A completed online application for admission to the ASU Graduate School (or to the Office
        of International Programs for international students).

    2. One copy of official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate course
        work attempted, to be sent directly from the institution(s) previously attended. The
        Graduate School will compute the graduate GPA by counting all graduate courses
        completed, including any repeated courses.

    3. Three letters of recommendation, to be reviewed by both the Dean of the Graduate
        School and the Molecular Biosciences Program Committee.

    4. A personal statement (maximum of two pages) describing the student’s academic
        and research goals. Applicants are encouraged to identify areas of research interest
        as well as possible research mentors within the faculty of the Molecular Biosciences

    5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the Verbal, Analytical and Quantitative
        tests. Minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative scores must be 1000 (old scoring system)
        Tests using the new scoring system, minimum of 150 on both the verbal & quantitative required.

    6. A $50 nonrefundable application fee must be made paid with online application to Arkansas
        State University. If applications are received without payment, the Graduate School
        will hold all applicant materials and no action will be taken until payment is received.

    7. International student applicants must demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency
        in the English language if English is not their native language.

  • Checksheets & Degree Plans


    Checksheets list all of the requirements and university obligations for degree completion.