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Cancer and Cell Biology Graduate Program

Cincinnati, OH


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About the Program

The application window for The Cancer & Cell Biology Graduate Program for the 2017-2018 Academic Year is now closed. The application window for 2018-2019 will open in July 2017. Please check back soon for an exact date!

The Graduate Program in Cancer and Cell Biology is an interdepartmental graduate program with expertise in many critical areas of modern Cancer and Cell Biology research. The mission of the CCB Graduate Program is to train the next generation of scientists and educators in basic mechanisms of molecular and cellular function with an emphasis on understanding mechanisms of cancers. It is their philosophy that PhD training must be intellectually stimulating, scientifically rigorous, and geared toward developing the lifelong learning and critical thinking skills that will prepare graduates to be successful as research scientists, educators, and/or professionals in a variety of other fields.

All PhD students accepted to the program receive full tuition remission, a nationally competitive stipend, and a health insurance plan.

Program faculty are concentrated in the UC Department of Cancer Biology, which administers the Program, and in the Division of Experimental Hematology and Cancer Biology at Children's Hospital, with additional faculty drawn from more than 10 other departments/divisions at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Faculty selected to join the program are recognized leaders in their fields, and provide excellence, dedication, and personal involvement in graduate training. As a consequence, UC graduate students excel in research and are highly successful in their scientific careers.

Successful completion of the program typically involves four to six years beyond the bachelor's degree. Over 90 percent of graduates typically go on to postdoctoral training either in academic or industrial settings. The majority of graduates eventually assume research or teaching careers in academia, but many take research positions in biotech, government, or pharmaceutical companies, with scientific and technical writing firms, or in the healthcare or medical professions.

Application Process

All required materials must be submitted online to the University of Cincinnati Graduate School by January 15; however, it is advisable to complete all applications by December 15, since there are limited slots available in the program and the school reviews applications as they are completed.

After a thorough screening of applications, personal interviews will be arranged for a select group of competitive candidates, typically in January or February. Some interviews will be on campus while others will be conducted electronically. The interview serves as an opportunity for the applicant to meet faculty and graduate students, to see the Program's research facilities, and for members of the Program to evaluate the prospective student.

While the university uses grades and test scores as part of their ranking process, they give greatest emphasis to the candidate's personal statement, research experience, letters of recommendation, and interviews. For select candidates, an "offer of admission" will be made between January and April of the spring prior to the summer admission. The program begins July 1. New students are only admitted once per year.

Please see UC's Cancer & Cell Biology website for complete information about admission requirements.

Why Choose UC's Cancer & Cell Biology Graduate Program?

The mission for the CCB Graduate Program is to train the next generation of scientists and educators in basic mechanisms of molecular and cellular function with an emphasis on understanding mechanisms of cancers.

Exceptional Training

Students will have exceptional opportunities to carry out important laboratory research in cancer and cell biology under the guidance of well-funded, experienced researchers.

Through focused classes, thesis committee meetings, journal clubs and meetings with faculty, students also will learn important conceptual and career skills: how to identify important unresolved questions, how to develop strategies for answering those questions, how to analyze data objectively as well as rigorously, and how to present their findings clearly and compellingly.

These technical and conceptual skills will prepare students for success in research, teaching, industry, or the public sector.

A Caring Community of Scholars

The faculty and students in the Graduate Program in Cancer and Cell Biology look out for each other. They help each other during professional and personal challenges, and the extent of collaboration among faculty and students is outstanding. This support extends beyond graduation; CCB faculty will continue to help students advance in their career, and fellow CCB students will form the core of one's professional and personal network.

A Great Place to Live and Work

UC and CCHMC have outstanding facilities and resources, with great fringe benefits. Cincinnati is a fun and affordable place to live, with pleasant weather; lots of sports, music and theater; and great locations for eating, relaxing and, when students are ready for it, five-star nightlife!

Living in Cincinnati

Faculty, staff, and students can agree on one thing about Cincinnati: It's a nice place to visit, and an even nicer place to live. From urban hotspots to family-friendly attractions, the city that has its roots as a 19th-century Ohio River transportation hub has enthusiastically embraced the 21st century with a welcoming spirit toward fresh faces and fresh ideas.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Doctoral Degrees 4

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE or MCAT
Thesis Required
Qualifying exam


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
Application Fee - International
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 14th January 14th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE or MCAT
Doctoral Degree Requirements Baccalaureate degree; strong background in biology, chemistry, and/or physics and mathematics; minimum overall GPA of 3.0; curriculum vitae or resume; transcripts; essay; letters of recommendation

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 600
TOEFL IBT score: 100
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 7

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Application deadlines for financial awards April 15
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Research Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
Not Reported
International Breakout (representing other countries)
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 10.71%
Black or African American 10.71%
White or Caucasian 46%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian Not Reported
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 3.57%
Two or more races Not Reported
Unknown Not Reported


Male (39%)
Female (60%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 50
Part-time - 0
Male (33)
Female (17)


Focus of faculty research: Cancer biology, cell and molecular biology, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, drug discovery
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 3125 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH  45267
United States
Contact Dr. Susan Waltz
Program Director
Phone: 513-558-8675