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Montana State University
Division of Graduate Education
Molecular Biosciences Program
P.O. Box 172580
Bozeman, MT 59717-2580 (406) 994-6652

Molecular BIOSciences |> Application

The Molecular Biosciences Program offers an interdisciplinary program towards a Doctorate in Philosophy. You are able to pursue your science in a research area across departmental boundaries. Our integrated curriculum provides you with broad academic training necessary to excel in life science research. You will be able to participate in a first-year rotation in three different laboratories in your chosen research area. Find the perfect fit for you!


Molecular Biosciences is an interdisciplinary program that brings together faculty from eleven science departments: Cell Biology and Neuroscience; Chemical and Biological Engineering; Chemistry and Biochemistry; Computer Science; Earth Sciences; Ecology; Immunology and Infectious; Land Resources and Environmental Sciences; Microbiology; and Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology; and three research centers: Center for Biofilm Engineering, Center for BioInspired Materials and the Thermal Biology Institute.  These departments and research centers provide students with the didactic and laboratory instruction they need to become successful research scientists.  Members of the MBS Program faculty are internationally recognized for their research.

Our program offers students a common but rigorous educational experience for the first three semesters.  MB Program students participate in seminar series, program retreats, teaching, and may attend scientific meetings. In the second year after you have chosen a research advisor based on your first-year rotation process, you will be formally admitted to one of the nine participating departments to complete degree requirements leading to the Doctorate of Philosophy.

Rotation and Second-year Program of Study

Program of Study The first year of study includes course work and research rotations. All MB students are required to rotate in at least 3 different laboratories during their first year. Each rotation is six weeks and the course loads are light enough (two courses per semester) that students are able to spend 20 hours or more per week in the laboratory. Rotation students are expected to become fully integrated into the laboratory so they are exposed to the primary methodologies and research approaches of the faculty advisor. By mid-Spring semester of the first year, students choose a dissertation advisor. During the second year, students complete course requirements for their selected department and initiate explorative research to identify possible dissertation topics. Full-time dissertation research begins in the third year, after the students have advanced to candidacy.

Graduate Funding

The Molecular Biosciences Program at Montana State University is offering outstanding students a fellowship of $22,000 plus tuition per year to fund their Ph.D. graduate education in the life sciences


To apply for the Molecular Biosciences Program:

  1. Read the application instructions
  2. Review the research areas and professors on the MB Program Web site.
  3. Fill-out and submit the on-line application for the program or a hard copy can be downloaded and sent to:

Molecular Biosciences Program
The Graduate School
Montana State University – Bozeman P.O. Box 172580
Bozeman, MT 59717-2580

Physical Address for Courier Companies:
Molecular Biosciences Program
The Graduate School
Montana State University – Bozeman 133A Lewis Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717-2580

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