Molecular Biosciences Program

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The Molecular Biosciences Program offers an interdisciplinary program towards a Doctorate in Philosophy in the Life Sciences. Students in the MBSP program are able to pursue research across department boundaries, before selecting a specific area of study at the end of the first year.  This program allows graduate students to rotate in three different laboratories during their first year, within their chosen area of research. By the end of the first year they must select a research advisor and be formally admitted to a department to conduct a research project leading to the completion of a Doctorate of Philosophy.

Research Areas:

Biofilm Sciences & Engineering  |  BioInspired Materials  |  Bioinformatics/Genomics/Proteomics  |  Biomedical Sciences | Biophysics  
Cell, Developmental, & Molecular Biology  |  Chemical Biology  |  Environmental Microbiology  |  Immunology & Infectious Disease
Life in Extreme Environments  |  Biological & Mathematical Modeling | Neuroscience | Plant Sciences  |  Virology

This interdisciplinary program brings together faculty departments and research centers across campus: Cell Biology and Neuroscience; Chemical and Biological Engineering; Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, Center for Biofilm Engineering, Center for BioInspired Materials, Computer Science Department and the Thermal Biology Institute to provide students with laboratory instructions to become successful research scientists.

Application Procedures:

Applicants should be prepared to submit the following materials during the online application process.  Any additional documents can be mailed to: Montana State University, The Graduate School, P.O. Box 172580/108 Montana Hall, Bozeman, MT, 59717.  Every applicant to MSU is required to fill out and complete an application and pay the $60 application fee (US Currency).  The fee must be paid before the application will be processed.

  • GRE scores (use University code: 4488)
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • GPA (minimum 3.0)
  • Research experience and previous coursework.
  • Transcripts from all previous universities attended, with the degree confirmed (Mail: Montana State University, The Graduate School, P.O. Box 172580/108 Montana Hall, Bozeman, MT, 59717 or order them to be delivered electronically to: gradschool@montana.edu)

International Applicants will need to submit the following additional materials:

  • English Proficiency Scores: MSU requires applicants from non-English speaking countries to present evidence of proficiency in the use of the English language*. Applicants can provide unofficial scores during the application process; however, official scores will need to be received by MSU.  
  • Copy of applicants passport
  • Evidence of Financial Support (and proof of funds)
  • English translation transcripts and credentials for non-English international applicants

*It is recommended that applicants for the Ph.D. program have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a solid foundation of science courses.