Information on admissions to the CMM MS degree program

The application deadline for Fall and Summer is March 1st. 

  1. A bachelor's degree is a prerequisite for entering the Masters program. A student may apply to the MS program prior to receiving his/her bachelor's degree, but must have received the degree prior to starting the MS program.  While it is expected that the applicant's undergraduate major normally be in the natural sciences, students with degrees in other fields who have sufficient coursework in the natural sciences will be considered. 
  2. The Masters Degree will require that the student complete a minimum of 30 units of credit.
  3. Every applicant must submit scores for either the GRE or the MCAT in order to be considered for admission. 
  4. The Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine requires each applicant to have a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf.  The 3 letters of recommendation should be written by professors, research or professional supervisors, etc.  that can speak about your academic and research ability.
  5. International applicants will be considered for admission.  All applicants must meet the requirements of the Graduate College concerning proficiency in the English language. 
  6. Concurrent enrollment in another degree program is permitted.  Courses that are counted toward the requirements of another program may be counted toward the requirements of the Masters Degree program at the discretion of the degree program. 
  7. The CMM Masters Program will consider allowing previous coursework to count toward the degree requirements, up to the extent permitted by the Graduate College.  The final decision about transfer credits will be made by the student's advisory committee.
  8. Student Advising.  Students will receive advice throughout their time in the MS program, including advice on courses, career choices, possible future use of the MS degree, opportunities for advanced education or professional training, and employment possibilities.  Each student will be assigned a member of the Oversight Committee as their primary advisor when he or she accepts admission into the Masters program.  The student's advisory committee will consist of the primary advisor and two additional faculty members who have expertise related to the student's area(s) of interest.  The additional committee members will be chosen jointly by the student and the primary advisor.  The members of the student's advisory committee should be chosen, and the committee should meet, as soon as possible after the student enters the Masters program. 
  9. Every student will be required to file a Plan of Study form, via GradPath as specified by the Graduate College.
  10. The CMM Masters Program does not provide financial aid, however students may contact the Financial Aid office for assistance ( The student is responsible for all expenses related to completion of the degree requirements.