Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program

Why pursue graduate study in cell and molecular biology at Missouri State?

  • You will use high-level instrumentation and laboratory work to conduct high-caliber research work that may be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Small class sizes increase your chances of getting research published and participating in hands-on experiments.
  • Our curriculum is intensive and features a human focus designed to allow you  to learn about a variety of health careers.
  • You may have opportunities to teach undergraduate students, helping others discover a passion for understanding human life and health.

Entrance requirements

Admission to the program requires a strong science and mathematics background identical to that required of a student completing the undergraduate program in cell and molecular biology. In addition, admission to the program requires evidence that the applicant will be able to successfully complete a rigorous graduate program in the sciences at a high level of performance. Entrance into the program requires completion of the following.

  1. Two semesters of organic chemistry
  2. Two semesters of physics
  3. A course in calculus
  4. A bachelor's degree from a Missouri State University recognized accredited college or university and a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, overall, or for the last 60 hours
  5. Applicants must have all of the following:
    • an official transcript including all undergraduate work
    • three letters of recommendation
    • GRE scores
    • a statement of research interest

Applicants will be evaluated for admission based upon their submitted materials. By the end of the first semester, candidates must be accepted into a research laboratory by a member of the Graduate Faculty who becomes the student's advisor.

Degree options

The cell and molecular biology graduate program accommodates students in all levels of their educational careers by offering both accelerated and traditional degree plans.

Compelling research, innovative students

Careers and Outcomes

Consider the options for lifetime success. A graduate degree in cell and molecular biology provides a strong foundation for doctoral studies, health professions and careers in research.


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