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Cellular & Molecular Medicine (MS) 
Program Description

This Cellular & Molecular Medicine masters program is designed to educate students at the graduate level in biomedical sciences, with an emphasis on training in basic and translational clinical research, and to provide students with an advanced understanding of human anatomy and functional histology and cell biology.  This program is open to applicants who hold a Bachelors Degree.

Upon completing this Masters program, a graduate will have a fundamental overview of the normal structure and function of the major organs of the human body, the major types of diseases that afflict those organs – either individually or multiply – and the types of disease processes involved, and knowledge of opportunities, strategies, and approaches to prevent or treat such diseases.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Cellular & Molecular Medicine -

The Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine is one of the five basic science departments of the University of Arizona College of Medicine located on the Northeast side of the University of Arizona Campus in Tucson, AZ.  The mission of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM) is to provide pre- and post-doctoral, medical and graduate education in an interdisplinary environment through research activities to advance knowledge of biological structure as related to function and disease from the molecular level to the whole organism.

CMM faculty run active research programs in modern molecular and cellular biology which include areas of developmental biology, neuroscience, parasitology, immunology, cancer biology, and cellular structure and function. Our graduate program attracts outstanding students from all parts of the US and the world. Graduate students from the interdisciplinary programs of cancer biology, genetics, molecular & cellular biology and biochemistry, neuroscience, and physiological sciences also receive training in CMM faculty laboratories.

CMM Mailing address:

PO Box 245044, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 

Life Sciences North, Room 450, Tucson, AZ  85724-5044

College of Medicine, Tucson  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Kathy R Ben
Graduate Program Coordinator
Kathy R Ben
Mona Lopez
Director of Graduate Studies
Lonnie P Lybarger
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Kristi R Davenport
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

The following items are required for upload as part of the application process:

  • Transcripts of all college and university work 
  • GRE results (general exam is required and subject exam is optional) or MCAT results
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for at least three people willing to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf. You should select individuals who are familiar with your work (one of these letters should be from your research advisor, if applicable). Potential letter writers will be contacted directly from the Graduate College with instructions on letter submission.

The Oversight Committee will review all applications on or after March 1st.

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE or MCAT
Required GRE Subject tests: Optional
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Financial Aid

The CMM Masters Program does not provide financial aid, however students may contact the Office of Financial Aid for more assistance ( The student is responsible for all expenses related to completion of the degree requirements.

The Graduate College has Graduate Access Fellowships ( to which interested students can apply.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: March 1
  • Summer: March 1

International Applicants:

  • Fall: March 1
  • Summer: March 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: School Code: 4832; Dept. Code 0203

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits: 30
Core coursework:

CMM 501 - Human Gross Anatomy (Summer; 4 units)
CMM 510 - Human Histology: An Introduction to Pathology (Pre-Summer; 3 units) or CMM 525A (“Functional Human Histology;” Fall, 4 units)
CMM 565A - Fundamentals of Light Microscopy and Electronic Imaging  (Spring; 3 units)
CMM 577 - Principles of Cell Biology (Fall; 4 units) or CMM 504 Cell Biology of Disease (Summer; 3 units)
CMM 603 - Current Topics in Biomedical Sciences (Spring; 2 units)
CMM 910 - Thesis (any semester; 5 units)

One of the following (choose):
PATH 515 - Mechanisms of Human Disease (Spring; 4 units)
CBIO 552 - Cancer Biology (Fall; 4 units)

Students will be required to complete at least six additional units with a grade of C or better. The following courses are recommended:
CMM 595H - Problems in the Biology of Complex Diseases (Spring; 2 units)
EPID 576A - Biostatistics in Public Health (Fall; 3 units)
CMM 605 - Medical Immunology and Infectious Disease (Spring; 4 units)

The courses listed above are suggestions. The choice of elective courses will be agreed upon by the student and the student's advisor.  Other courses in the biomedical sciences and medicine may be appropriate and will be considered. The student will be required to receive approval from his or her advisory committee for his/her final selection of courses.

Other requirements: Every student will be required to complete the courses above with a grade of C or better. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required to remain in good standing with the Graduate College.

Every student is required to complete a substantial research project and to submit a written thesis that documents that research. Both laboratory and non-laboratory projects will be considered. The student's research project will be agreed upon by the student and the student's advisory committee (to be made up of at least three faculty members, at least one of whom must be a member of the Masters Advisory Committee). As a guideline, laboratory based thesis should be in the format of a publishable manuscript for an appropriate journal and non-laboratory based thesis should be in the format of a New England Journal of Medicine review article and be 10,000-20,000 words (not including references).

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.

Minor Requirements
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Last revised 19 Dec 2018