Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology School of Medicine University of Washington

Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology School of Medicine University of Washington

Seattle, WA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Offer a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology

The University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, located in Seattle, Washington, jointly offers a doctoral degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB). The Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology is an interdisciplinary program that recognizes the need for expertly-trained scientists familiar with multiple disciplines. Over the past 20 years, this program has combined the strengths of the Fred Hutch and the University of Washington to create an innovative and versatile training program for graduate students who have the desire to investigate and study biomedical issues.

Recently, the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) and the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (Seattle Biomed) have joined the Program.

The MCB program engages students to be actively involved in designing a course of study that meets their individual needs. Its goal is to facilitate the development of independent and highly motivated students into creative scientists.

This program offers a competitive 12-month salary, pays tuition and health insurance, and funds students with sufficient academic progress over the entire course of their studies.

Large Faculty and Extensive Research Facilities Serve the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program

The faculty at the University of Washington is made up of about 2,300 full-time educators and researchers. Faculty members who participate in the molecular and cellular biology program hold appointments in the following University of Washington departments: Biology, Biological Structure, Biochemistry, Genome Sciences, Global Health, Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology and Biophysics.

University of Washington/Fred Hutch¿s Molecular and Cellular Biology program admits approximately 20 new students annually, with a current total of 145 students; and there are about 500 graduate students currently in all of UW's biological sciences programs. Students are required to engage in lab rotations during their first three quarters in the program. This is meant to widen their experience in training, as well as help them select a mentor and permanent lab in which to pursue thesis research.

This program utilizes an extensive network of research facilities on the University of Washington's Seattle campus, as well as the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Institute of Systems Biology, the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, and other research centers in the Seattle area.

The Program's Location in Seattle, Washington, Is a Bonus for the Graduate Students

Both the University of Washington and the Fred Hutch are located in Seattle, Washington, one of the country's most eclectic and interesting cities. Free shuttle service provides students with convenient travel between Fred Hutch and UW.

Seattle offers students a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities. The city is unmatched in its outstanding access to mountain climbing, hiking, skiing, trail biking, and sailing. The University of Washington has easy access to the breathtaking Puget Sound, as well as Lake Washington and Lake Union--all which border UW's campus. The Olympic Mountains sit just west of Seattle, and the Cascade Mountains just east. Seattle's climate is moderate year-round, with an average precipitation of 32 inches annually--mostly falling during winter and early spring.

Seattle's downtown area is among the nation's most fascinating city nuclei. It is packed with educational, cultural, and artistic venues and activities, including an active and extensive theater scene, colorful festivals (including the Bumbershoot Music Festival and the world-renowned Seattle Film Festival), an opera, and the Seattle Symphony. Seattle's Pike's Marketplace offers students amazing access to galleries, fresh seafood, locally grown farm-fresh produce, and a myriad of eateries and cafes.

The University of Washington plays an active role in the Seattle community, hosting many theatrical performances, film festivals, exhibits, concerts, and public lectures.

Location & Contact

Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology

School of Medicine
University of Washington

Seattle, WA 98195
United States

Ms. MaryEllin Robinson

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Cell Biology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 1
    • Doctoral Degrees 21
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


33% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 400
    • Accepted 132
    • Acceptance Rate 33
    • Enrolled 20
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st November 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableTraineeships, health care benefits for all MCB graduate students in good standing

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students145
    • Female Percentage53%
    • Male Percentage47%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students145
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino10%
    • Black / African American2%
    • White / Caucasian75%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian12%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown1%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty253
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage25%
    • Male Percentage75%