Applying to the CMB PhD Program

Applications to the CMB PhD Program are only accepted online. Apply Online through Graduate Admissions. See UTSA Admissions for additional details.


November 1: Priority Deadline - to be considered for special additional funding opportunities
December 1: Final Application Deadline - to be considered for admission in the Fall

Required Components of the Application

The complete application must include and/or be accompanied by:

  • All information requested on the application form.
  • A personal statement indicating why you wish to pursue a PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology and what you hope to do with the degree once you receive it.
  • A resume summarizing past education and work experiences, particularly any previous experience conducting research in an individual laboratory.
  • Official transcripts from previously attended institutions showing your GPA in each case.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Preferably sent by individuals who know you well and have observed you working in a research setting.

Note: The online application must be submitted by the December 1st deadline; however, supporting documents will be accepted for up to two weeks after the deadline. The application fee will be waived for applications submitted by the December 1 application deadline date.

Criteria for Admission into the UTSA CMB PhD Program

An admissions committee of seven tenured or tenure-track faculty members reviews all applications for admission into the CMB PhD program. Although there is no single, specific set of minimum criteria required for admission into the program, multiple aspects are considered. These include academic background, GPA, GRE scores, laboratory research experience, letters of recommendation, and the applicant's personal statement.

Note: you do not need to identify or communicate with any of our program faculty prior to submitting your application. Selection of a PI lab for the dissertation research project is made at the end of the first year in the program following competion of three 10-week lab rotations.

However, if you have previously worked with one or more of our program faculty, or if there are faculty associated with our program with whom you think you might particularly like to work, you should note that in your personal statement and/or your resumé.