Application Deadlines

All applications for the following Fall semester should be submitted by December 14th. Any applications arriving after this deadline will be considered on a case by case basis. Any incomplete application will not be reviewed by the selection committee and will be deemed ineligible for the Molecular Bioscience program fellowship.

Required Tests

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the Molecular Bioscience Program.Theses scores must be received directly from ETS. The institution code for Montana State University 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 Admission Requirements

For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.


The Molecular Biosciences Program offers an interdisciplinary program towards a Doctorate in Philosophy in the Life Sciences. Students in the MBSP program are able to pursue research across department boundaries, before selecting a specific area of study at the end of the first year.  

This program allows graduate students to rotate in three different laboratories during their first year, within their chosen area of research. By the end of the first year they must select a research advisor and be formally admitted to a department to conduct a research project leading to the completion of a Doctorate of Philosophy.

Research Areas:

Biofilm Sciences & Engineering  |  BioInspired Materials  |  Bioinformatics/Genomics/Proteomics  |  Biomedical Sciences | Biophysics  
Cell, Developmental, & Molecular Biology  |  Chemical Biology  |  Environmental Microbiology  |  Immunology & Infectious Disease
Life in Extreme Environments  |  Biological & Mathematical Modeling | Neuroscience | Plant Sciences  |  Virology

This interdisciplinary program brings together faculty departments and research centers across campus: Cell Biology and Neuroscience; Chemical and Biological Engineering; Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, Center for Biofilm Engineering, Center for BioInspired Materials, Computer Science Department and the Thermal Biology Institute to provide students with laboratory instructions to become successful research scientists.