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Training the next generation of scientists and educators in basic mechanisms of molecular and cellular function with an emphasis on understanding mechanisms of cancers

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Graduate Programs in Cancer and Cell Biology

Accepting applications for the CCB PhD and Master of Science programs starting August 1 for admission consideration for the following Fall. 


  • PhD Program: December 1*
  • MS Program: May 1**

* Applications for PhD program received by November 1 will be considered for early interviews and admission decision.

**Admission applications to the CCB MS Program are reviewed on a rolling basis. We will stop reviewing applications once all slots are filled. For this reason, we encourage applicants to apply early to remain competitive.

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 our philosophy that PhD training must be intellectually stimulating, scientifically rigorous, and geared toward developing the lifelong learning and critical thinking skills that will prepare our 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, our graduate students excel in research and are highly successful in their scientific careers.

Successful completion of the PhD program typically involves four to six years beyond the bachelor's degree. Over 90 percent of our graduates typically go on to postdoctoral training either in academic or industrial settings. Most of our 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.

Please contact us for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Department of Cancer Biology

Vontz Center for Molecular Studies
3125 Eden Avenue
PO Box 670521
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0521

Mail Location: 0521
Phone: 513-558-5323
Fax: 513-558-1190