M.Sc. On Campus

Cellular and Molecular Biology

University of Wisconsin Madison

24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12219 USD/year
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Graduate study in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin Madison is a research-oriented interdisciplinary program leading to the Ph.D. degree. 


The university has one of the largest and most prestigious biology facilities in the world, well-noted for its cooperation and collaboration across department boundaries. The Cellular and Molecular Biology Program at the University of Wisconsin Madison is an important part of that interdepartmental strength, providing students with the opportunity to work with more than 190 faculty members in 40 departments.

A major strength of the program is that it provides the opportunity for groups of investigators to work together on research topics of common interest. Research topic areas, identified as focus groups, are composed of faculty and students studying common research areas. Each group is held together by participation of both students and faculty at regular research presentations and by the participation of faculty on thesis committees of many students in the group. Because of the diverse nature of most research areas and the cross-fertilization among focus groups, many faculty and students participate in the activities of multiple focus groups.

The focus groups are: cancer biology; cell adhesion and cytoskeleton; cellular and molecular metabolism; developmental biology and regenerative medicine; immunology; membrane biology and protein trafficking; molecular and genome biology of microbes; physiology; plant biology; RNA biology; systems biology; transcriptional mechanisms; and virology.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain a broad understanding of the cellular and molecular principles that underlie biological processes.
  • Develop proficiency in a chosen area of cellular and molecular biology.
  • Learn to think critically and problem solve to address research challenges using a broad range of theories, research methods, and approaches to scientific inquiry.
  • Create research and scholarship that makes a substantive contribution to the field of cellular and molecular biology.
  • Experience collaboration with scientists within the lab, the department, the program, the university, and beyond.
  • Clearly and effectively communicate scientific ideas and research to both scientists and non-scientists in written and oral forms.
  • Exhibit and foster ethical and professional conduct.
  • Gain exposure to potential career paths and develop leadership and professional skills that will prepare them for a successful and rewarding career.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Eukaryotic Molecular Biology
  • Prokaryotic Molecular Biology
  • General Virology-Multiplication of Viruses
  • Plant Cell Biology
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology/Pathology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission is based on demonstrated ability and interest in biology, chemistry, and the physical sciences; three letters of recommendation; and the personal statement.
  • Previous research experience is required. 

Tuition Fee

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    25548 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12219 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12219 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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