Direct Admission into Cell Biology Doctoral Program

Applications for direct admission to the Ph.D. program in Cell Biology are accepted from students who have identified a faculty member in the Department of Cell Biology under whom they wish to train. The faculty member must be willing to provide mentorship and financial support for the duration of the student’s Ph.D. training.   Prospective direct admission students must have received a bachelor’s degree or equivalent training and have a record of introductory courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Applicants are required to take the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and to present the scores with their application. Students are also encouraged to take a subject exam such as Biology or Biochemistry, although the subject test is not a requirement for the application. Applications without the general GRE test scores will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Online submission of the application is required. Applications are accepted at any time, however, submission of completed applications with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, on or before March 31 is recommended to ensure consideration for admission the following fall. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Well-qualified candidates are invited to campus (or interviewed by Skype if overseas) by the Cell Biology Departmental Graduate Education Committee.

Financial Support

All Directly Admitted Cell Biology Students must have a full commitment of financial support by their prospective mentor for the duration of their graduate work. Students are expected to complete graduate work to obtain the Ph.D. within five years.

Admissions Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant major
  • Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree program
  • A WES report to confirm GPA is required for applicants graduating from foreign institutions.
  • GRE general exam is required.
  • The TOEFL exam is required for foreign applicants.  Any applicant whose first language is not English must certify proficiency in English when applying. Such applicants must submit scores received on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A TOEFL score of at least 600 on the paper and pencil test, 220 on the computer-based test, or equivalent score on the web-based exam is the minimum required to be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program in Cell Biology.
  • A letter from the prospective mentor in Cell Biology.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals other than the prospective mentor
  • A personal statement of goals/purpose

 Application Procedure

To apply directly to the Department of Cell Biology, complete the online application (the departmental code for Cell Biology is 0417R. The institution code is 6902). Send the following items:

  1. Printed Copy of the Online Application
  2. Official Transcripts
  3. Letter from Prospective Mentor
  4. 3 letters of recommendation
  5. Goals/Purpose Statement
  6. GRE Scores
  7. International Students also need to send TOEFL Scores and a WES grade report

Once the application is complete, it will be reviewed by the Graduate Education Committee of the Department of Cell Biology. The Committee will make its recommendation for acceptance or refusal to the Department for further action.

Please send all documentation to:

Jennifer Schlegel
Student Program Coordinator
940 Stanton L. Young Blvd
BMSB Room 553
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone (405) 271 -8001 x 45535
Fax (405) 271-3548