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Molecular Biosciences Ph.D.

Middle Tennessee State University
Program overview
2 semesters
Full time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
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Program description

Molecular Biosciences Ph.D.

The Molecular Biosciences Ph.D. interdisciplinary program focuses on the study of biological problems at the molecular level using chemical, computational, mathematical, physical, and statistical approaches as well as conventional biological approaches. Faculty come from the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, and Physics and Astronomy, offering students a truly diverse education. The program helps each graduate develop in-depth research ability in a specific area within the sub-disciplines. Doctoral candidates initially engage in bench research with faculty mentors. Students later design and conduct research as independent scientists who contribute original knowledge to the discipline and complete a dissertation. Faculty are engaged in research areas such as biochemistry, biotechnology, cell biology, ecology, environmental toxicology, evolutionary biology, immunology, microbiology, molecular modeling, and structural biology. Students are required to make research presentations, author or co-author journal articles, and make a significant contribution to an external grant proposal. Research and teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis.

Admission requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences program is based on a comprehensive assessment of a candidate’s qualifications, including

  1. an earned bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an accredited university or college in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, or a closely related subject. In addition, the following undergraduate courses are specifically recommended:
    1. six semesters of a combination of general biology, microbiology, cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry courses, including some laboratory coursework;
    2. two semesters of general/inorganic chemistry and at least one semester of organic chemistry, which should include a laboratory component;
    3. two semesters of physics;
    4. one semester of calculus.

Standardized tests

Please visit the university website for required GRE/GMAT scores.

English language proficiency

  • TOEFL iBT: 71
  • TOEFL paper-based: 525
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • ITEP: n/a
  • Also accepted:
    • ELS Level 112 (completed)

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

International students:

  • Tuition: $26,172 US
  • Room and Board: $12,164 US
  • Total fees: $38,336 US

Domestic students:

Please contact the school for more information about tuition fees.

Career opportunities

The Molecular Biosciences doctorate program aims to produce graduates who are fully prepared to pursue research careers in academia, industry, and at national labs. Most graduates either go on to do academic postdoctoral fellows, or are hired by industrial or medical biotechnology companies or the pharmaceutical industry.

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Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University is a public university in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Founded in 1911, the university consists of eight undergraduate colleges as well as a college of graduate studies, together offering more than 80 majors/degree programs through more than 35...

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Why study at Middle Tennessee State University

MTSU is recognized for broad, high-quality academic programs, affordable costs and competitive prices, an outstanding teaching faculty, modern infrastructure with new residence halls, academic classrooms, sports facilities, and state of the art facilities, and a welcoming, friendly campus where diversity is appreciated and all students will be valued and respected.

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Middle Tennessee State University

MTSU Box 120 Peck Hall 208
1301 East Main Street
37132 Murfreesboro Tennessee
United States of America

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