Montana State University

Department of Cell Biology
& Neuroscience

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173148
Bozeman, MT 59717-3148

Tel: (406) 994-5120
Fax: (406) 994-7077
Location: 510 Leon Johnson Hall

Department Chair

Frances Lefcort, Ph.D.

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Application Process & Deadlines

Bridget McNulty studies the molecular and cellular
factors in the development of the inner ear

Apply through the Molecular BIOSciences Program

Prospective graduate students should apply through the Molecular BIOSciences Program at MSU.

The CBN faculty affiliated with the Molecular Biosciences Program are Drs. Roger Bradley, Charles Gray, Frances Lefcort, Thomas Hughes, Christa Merzdorf and Steve Stowers. Students interested in working with any of these faculty to pursue a Ph.D. in CBN may apply to the Molecular BIOSciences Program at or contact t for additional information.

The application deadline for the Molecular BIOSciences Program is January 20th of each year.

Direct Application to CBN

If a professor in the department has agreed to be your graduate mentor, you may apply directly to CBN at any time. Only applicants who have confirmed a faculty mentor for their graduate program may submit applications directly to CBN.

Application to the program occurs in a three-phase process:

Phase 1: After confirming a faculty mentor, you may submit a pre-application to the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience (CBN). Complete a Preliminary Application Form (Word Doc or PDF) and return this electronic form to The subject line of your email should specify "Grad Application for [your name] in [mentor's name] lab".

Phase 2: If you are invited to apply to The Graduate School at MSU, specific instructions will be provided at that point. You will be required to pay a $50 processing fee and have official GRE scores, professional letters of reference, undergraduate transcripts, and a statement of research and education interests specific to CBN programs sent to MSU.

Phase 3: CBN faculty will review the application and make recommendations regarding admission to the Graduate Committee and CBN Department Head.