Admissions and Recruitment

Apply to the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology at UC Berkeley and be a part of a collaborative, diverse, and engaged community of students and faculty. Work with leading scientists on groundbreaking research at the birthplace of immuno-oncology and CRISPR genome editing. 

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology offers only a Ph.D. program and admits students to program only in the Fall semester.  Applications are available for submission online from September 13, 2023The deadline for applications is 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on November 27th, 2023.  Late applications are not accepted. Students should complete their applications as early as possible and be sure to hit the submit button before the deadline. You will need to ensure that letters of recommendation, and other supporting documentation, reach the department no later than Monday, November 27, 2023

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology is particularly interested in providing educational opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds and from ethnic groups that are currently underrepresented in the biological sciences as well as military veterans and students with disabilities.  If you have DACA status, please be advised to respond "OT"  (Other Visa Type), when you are completing the application. If you would like to talk with a current student about their experiences as an underrepresented student within the program, please contact and someone will connect you with a current student. 

For more information and to submit an application go to:

If you are looking for information about the program, please visit the prospective student section of our website for an overview. 

See the links below for more information

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2024 Entering Class Profile
  Total Matriculated           31
  Men 35%
  Women 58%
  Non-binary/Genderqueer 7%
  Students from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds 32%
  International Students 9%
  California Residents 52%
  Average Age 25 (range: 21-42)