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Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology Graduate Program

The Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology (CMCB) graduate program is an interdisciplinary graduate program that involves faculty and research from multiple departments on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. The emphasis of the program is on the fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms that lead to the proliferative growth associated with cancer.  The primary objective of this graduate program is to train independent research investigators who can make contributions to their fields of knowledge while working in academic/government institutions or industry laboratories.  In addition, students are given the opportunity to explore a multitude of other career possibilities while working toward their degree.  

    All students admitted to the PhD program receive some form of stipend to cover living expenses during the academic year and during the summer (Teaching Assistantship, Research Assistantship, Training Grant support, Fellowship). In addition, the university provides student health insurance.

    • All applicants for admission are automatically considered for financial support.
    • Support is guaranteed for 5 years.
    • Because Bloomington is extremely affordable, students can live very comfortably on their stipend.

    Graduate students in CMCB laboratories can be supported by a number of means:

    • Individual grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    • Predoctoral fellowships from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute
    • The Duone and Eunice Dahl Wright Graduate Student Fellowship
    • Many advanced graduate students are supported as Research Assistants by a grant to the research lab in which they are working. Most laboratories are funded by 1-3 grants from NIH, American Cancer Society and the Department of Defense
    • Associate Instructorships (teaching assistantships) are available for eligible students in the CMCB program, and require a maximum of 20 hours teaching-related duties per week

    Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology


    Admission Requirements

    Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in the sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Molecular/Cell Biology), and have appropriate coursework to prepare them for graduate level work in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology and Genetics. Applications must include a completed online application, letters of recommendation, undergraduate transcripts and scores on the Graduate Record Exam General Test ( GRE ). In addition the The Test of English as a Foreign Language ( TOEFL ) is required for all students whose native language is not English. (See also general University Graduate School requirements.)


    Course requirements

    A total of 90 credit hours are required for partial fulfillment of the Ph.D. degree. Of these, 24.5 credits are earned by completing the course requirements for the CMCB major. (see below) An additional 6-12 credits are earned by completing the requirements for the minor, depending on type. All remaining credits are earned through enrollment in M800, independent thesis research.


    BIOC-B 501 Integrated Biochemistry
    BIOL-L 585 Genetics and Bioinformatics
    MSCI-M 510 Research Methods
    BIOL-L 523 Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature
    MSCI-M 580 Molecular Biology of Cancer
    MSCI-M 509 Basics of Scientific Communication
    BIOL-Z 620 Grant Writing
    MSCI-M6XX Precision Medicine of Cancer
    MSCI-M 550 Seminar in Cancer Biology
    MSCI-M 800 Research

    See the IU graduate bulletin entry for further details.


    Minor

    Required. A doctoral student in CMCB may minor in any appropriate related discipline, such as Genetics, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, or Chemical and Physical Biology.

    Advisory Committee

    To be composed of research advisor, the CMCB faculty, and an individual from the minor discipline.


    Qualifying Examination

    The Ph.D. qualifying examination includes both a written proposal on the thesis research as well as an oral defense of that proposal.


    Final Examination

    Students must give a public research seminar followed by an oral defense with the student’s dissertation committee.


    Other Provision

    One year of supervised teaching experience is encouraged.





    Master of Science Degree in Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology


    Course requirements

    A total of 36 credit hours are required for partial fulfillment of the MS degree. Of these, 18.5 credits are earned by completing the course requirements for the CMCB major (see below). All remaining credits are earned through enrollment in M800, independent thesis research.


    BIOC-B 501 Integrated Biochemistry
    BIOL-L 585 Genetics and Bioinformatics
    MSCI-M 510 Research Methods
    BIOL-L 523 Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature
    MSCI-M 580 Molecular Biology of Cancer
    MSCI-M 509 Basics of Scientific Communication
    MSCI-M6XX Precision Medicine of Cancer
    MSCI-M 550 Seminar in Cancer Biology
    MSCI-M 800 Research

    Final Examination

    The thesis must be approved by the student’s thesis committee prior to awarding of the degree, which may include an oral defense of the thesis.

    Other Provision

    One year of supervised teaching experience is encouraged.

    Application deadline is December 1st

    Admission requirements include:

    • The equivalent of a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution of higher education
    • GRE general test (an advanced test is not required)
    • For non-native English speakers, TOEFL scores

    If you wish to apply please complete the on-line application forms available at http://www.gradapp.indiana.edu/. Please note that the academic program you need to select is Medicine.

      For more detailed instructions, please see information for Domestic Applicants or International Applicants.

      Paper copies of the application for international students are available from the International Admissions Office. Please request this via email at: newtoiu@iu.edu

      PLEASE NOTE:
      Those interested in the combined MD/Ph.D. program must submit separate applications to the School of Medicine Admissions Office for the MD program and to the Medical Sciences Graduate Program for the graduate degree program.

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