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Apply to our Graduate Program

Graduate students who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Biology at USC have several options. Faculty in Chemical Biology are "housed" in several different degree granting programs:


The Department of Chemistry

The chemistry department at USC has approximately 25 active faculty and 50 Ph.D. students performing research at the interface of Chemistry and Biology. The application to the Chemistry Ph.D. program is done completely online and has NO APPLICATION FEE. We encourage students to reach out to chemistry faculty directly; however, all applications go through the admissions committee, and students are not admitted to groups directly.

The online application can be found HERE


The Department of Molecular and Computational Biology

Students in the Molecular Biology Ph.D. program receive broad training in how biological systems function at the level of nucleic acids and proteins, cells and development, and genetically diverse populations and species. During their first year, students take a core curriculum that lays the foundation for more advanced study in the field, while also rotating through three labs of their choosing. At the end of the first year, students determine their long-term research advisor, with whom they will conduct more specialized dissertation work. Students have access to  more than 40 potential faculty mentors  with diverse expertise and research programs.


Links to the applications can be found HERE