Application Deadline

Students may apply at any time and must have an advisor lined up at time of application. Please contact the department if you have any questions about how to line up an advisor.

Because the Cell Biology and Neuroscience department is small, interested applicants must first contact one or more of the faculty members and discuss with them the possibility of their serving as your mentor. If you choose to apply without securing an advisor/mentor (this can be done by selecting the "none option when asked in the application), your application will be placed on the faculty website for their perusal for 6 months. While this is an option, it is strongly suggested that you secure a faculty advisor PRIOR to completing an application.

Required Tests

The GRE is required. Minimum score requirements are: 150 Verbal and 150 Quantitative. For Montana State University, the Institution code is 4488.

International Applicants

English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived.

Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student. 

Additional Admissions Requirements

For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal.


The Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience offers exciting opportunities to work with nationally and internationally recognized faculty on a wide range of research topics, including cognitive neuroscience, neurophysiology, neuroinformatics, developmental biology, cell biology, biophysics and computational neuroscience. See program requirements for more details.

It is the goal of the faculty to prepare our students for successful careers in academic research, government, and/or the biotechnology industry. Successful applicants to the program will have already established a commitment to excellence through academic achievements and prior research experience.

We offer Ph.D. or M.S. degrees in Neuroscience or Biological Science to our graduate students. The Ph.D. Degree Program is designed for students who are committed to a scientific research career and are willing to commit an average of 5 to 6 years in pursuit of the training that is necessary to qualify for this degree.

The M.S. degree is for students who wish to increase their knowledge base in basic research through an intensive 2- to 3-year training period. Students must identify a faculty sponsor prior to application to the CBN Graduate Program.