Joint Graduate Program in Cell & Developmental Biology
The graduate program in Cell and Developmental Biology (CDB) offers both PhD
and MS degrees and is part of a diverse, interactive community of biological
scientists working at Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), and
the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. The graduate program has approximately 130
faculty members from the two universities with research that spans the broad
fields of molecular biology, cell biology, cancer biology, genetics,
neurobiology, and developmental biology. Researchers draw upon diverse
experimental systems ranging from tissue culture, invertebrates, and humans. The
goal of the program is to provide a challenging and rewarding environment in
which students can develop fully their research skills for future careers in
academia or in biotech/pharma.
Applicants for the Ph.D. are admitted through an umbrella program, the
Graduate Programs in Molecular Biosciences, which consists of five graduate programs and manages
admissions and first year courses for Ph.D. students (see listing for MBS in
this catalog). Applicants to the M.S. program apply directed to the CDB Graduate
The PhD requirements include a set of first-year core courses, encompassing a
broad range of biological topics. In addition, a series of seminar courses
designed to enhance critical thinking and experimental design are incorporated
into the first year curriculum. At the end of the first year and going forward,
students are required to conduct laboratory research, pass parts I and II of the
qualifying examination, and write and defend a research dissertation. All Ph.D.
students will receive a competitive stipend, health benefits, and tuition
remission for the duration of their graduate studies, provided that academic
standards are met and progress towards a Ph.D. is maintained.
The MS requirements include a minimum of 30 credits. Students may select either
a research thesis or non-research thesis option of study. All students must
maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better to remain in the
Application deadline for the Ph.D. is December 1st and the deadline for the M.S.
program is April 1st.
As a result of The New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act effective July 1, 2013, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, formerly affiliated with UMDNJ, became part of Rutgers.
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