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Molecular Medicine (PHD) 
Program Description

The Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine at the University of Arizona is an interdepartmental, multidisciplinary training program fostering the development of scientists and educators who are prepared for lifelong participation in research and other intellectual pursuits. With an emphasis on bridging basic and translational science, Molecular Medicine students receive advanced training in the theory and practice of biomedical science. There are opportunities to investigate human health and disease ranging from biophysical studies at the atomic level, to modeling critical cellular process in tractable systems, to clinical research. The exposure and skills that students acquire prepare them for careers in biomedical research (including academia and the biotechnology industry), science education, journalism, and public policy.

Visit the Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine website for additional information:

Graduate Program Coordinators:

Nicole Swinteck 520-626-0710

Barbara Kahn-Sales 520-626-6655

Program Directors:

Lonnie Lybarger 520-626-1044

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Immunobiology -

The Department of Immunobiology is one of the five basic science departments and one of the 18 departments of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, on the Northeast side of the University of Arizona Campus in Tucson, AZ. The Department engages in medical and graduate student teaching, is part of the undergraduate research experience via undergraduate research programs such as UBRP (, performs research on all aspects of host:microbe interaction, immune system function and dysfunction and microbial pathogenesis.


The core mission of the Department of Immunobiology (IMB), consistent with the missions of the College of Medicine and the University of Arizona, is to perform cutting edge research and to disseminate its results through teaching of new health professionals, scientists and the public. Our research goals are to better understand the role of the immune system in health and disease with the focus on pathogens. The department trains and educates physicians, scientists and students in all areas of immunobiology and microbiology.


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
Nicole Catherine Swinteck
Graduate Program Coordinator
Nicole Catherine Swinteck
Director of Graduate Studies
Lonnie P Lybarger
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Our committee considers a variety of factors when reviewing applications.  The average GRE score of our recent admit class was 315 (v157; Q158).  The average GPA of the same class was 3.53. Research experience is desirable.  The University English Proficiency guidelines can be found at  If you meet the TOEFL, GRE and GPA requirements, you are invited to participate in our on-line application process.  We typically admit students with an undergraduate degree in biological, computational or physical sciences.  To be considered for admission, you must have completed courses in Mathematics (through calculus), Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE
Required GRE Subject tests: none

Financial Aid

All students admitted to our program are provided financial support which includes payment of tuition and health insurance.  Students are also provided a yearly salary of $27,000.00, USD.  Students are required to cover miscellaneous fees each semester which are estimated at $650.00.  Also, international students are accessed a $100.00 per semester fee that is not covered by the program.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Students will begin the program in the Fall each year, the application deadline is December 1st the year prior.

The application deadline for Fall admission (we do not admit in spring) is December 1. To ensure consideration for admission, all materials must be uploaded to your application by this date, including all letters of recommendation. Application instructions can be found at


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

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

The Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine (GPMM) requires 36 credits of coursework (18 or more graded plus 9 credits for the minor, 5 of which are graded) for the Doctorate of Philosophy degree.  All GPMM students will take a core of 8 required units of program core courses. Students will take at least 9 credits of emphasis track courses.   In addition, students will take at least 6 credits of Seminar, 6 credits of Student Seminar, at least 4 credits of Journal Club.  Finally, 18 credits of Dissertation are required. With the approval of the graduate mentor, students may take additional courses for credit.

Minor Requirements

Students are encouraged to minor in Molecular Medicine. The Molecular Medicine Minor is typically satisfied within the 36 course credits required by the department. Students may seek a Minor in other departments with the approval of their graduate mentor and the GPMM Directors. Coursework requirements for a Minor in another department must be approved by the Minor department. The Graduate College requires 9 credit hours of courses for a Minor requirement and at least 5 of these have to be graded. 

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Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 33%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) n/a
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 50%
Enrollment Percent Female 50%
Enrollment Percent International 13%
Enrollment Percent URM 38%

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Last revised 28 Aug 2018