Applications to the Molecular & Cellular Biology Program are submitted via the Preliminary Application System. You will receive a username and password that will allow you to return to work on your application over several sessions. Your information is transmitted through a secure server and is kept confidential until you submit your application. There is no application fee.

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Application Procedures

Applications are evaluated by the Molecular & Cellular Biology Program Admissions Committee based on the following areas:

  1. Nature and quality of the undergraduate/graduate program the student has undertaken
  2. Previous research experience
  3. Statement of purpose
  4. Letters of recommendation
  5. GRE and TOEFL (international applicants)

An application will not be evaluated until the following items have been received:

  1. Application
  2. Unofficial transcripts (if you are admitted to the program official transcripts will be required)
  3. 3 letters of recommendation
  4. GRE scores - Institution Code 6681
  5. TOEFL (International applicants only) - Institution Code 6681


Students wishing to complete the application process should submit required materials by January 1st for best consideration. Applications received after January 1st will still be considered on a rolling basis.

Financial Support

All Molecular & Cellular Biology Program trainees will receive a stipend ($26,500 in 2015-16), tuition, and a health insurance allowance.


Selected candidates will be contacted by e-mail and are invited for an on-campus interview. Interviews are not conducted prior to submission and evaluation of an application. Travel costs within the US will be covered by the Molecular & Cellular Biology Program. On campus interviews allow faulty the opportunity to evaluate applicants one-on-one, and allow applicants the opportunity to see the quality of the program and the research interests of the faculty, as well as visit with current graduate students, and decide if his or her research interests are a good fit with the institution. Interview weekends are scheduled for January 28-30, 2016 and February 18-20, 2016 (backup weekend).

Checking Application Status

You will be able to check the status of your application materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE, TOEFL) online by utilizing the username and password provided to you by the Biosciences Centralized Application System. Please check your application status frequently and follow-up with the appropriate institution(s) or person(s) to facilitate the timely submission of the required materials. Applicants cannot be evaluated until all materials are available.

Contact Information

Molecular & Cellular Biology Program
The University of Iowa
357 Medical Research Center
Iowa City, IA 52242-1182
Phone: 319-335-7748
Fax: 319-335-7656

To follow-up on GRE and TOEFL scores contact:

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396