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

Option 1: Apply through the Molecular BIOSciences Program

Prospective graduate students can apply through the Molecular BIOSciences Program (MBS) at MSU.

The CBN faculty affiliated with the Molecular Biosciences Program are Drs. Roger Bradley, Charles Gray, Frances Lefcort, Thomas Hughes, Christa Merzdorf, James Mazer and Steve Stowers (see CBN Directory).

Students interested in working with any of these faculty to pursue a Ph.D. in CBN may apply on-line to the MBS program or contact for additional information.

Next application deadline for the Molecular BIOSciences Program is December 14th, 2018.

Option 2: Direct Application to Cell Biology & Neuroscience

Direct application to CBN is a three step process. Prospective students must secure a faculty sponsor who's lab they would like to work in, submit a pre-application form and then apply to the MSU Graduate School, at which point applications will be evaluated by the faculty and graduate admissions commitee. Direct application is a rolling application process and applications are accepted at any time.

Step 1: Secure a faculty sponsor

Prior to direct application, all prospective students must secure a faculty sponsor. Contact CBN faculty members directly to discuss and arrange sponsorship. After arranging sponsorship, fill out and sign this pre-application form and email to the program coordinator. Please use a subject line in the form of "Grad Application for [your name] in [mentor's name] lab."

PLEASE - Do NOT fill out an online application prior to submitting the pre-application form.

Step 2: Application to the Graduate School

Following pre-application, 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 $60 processing fee and have your official GRE scores, professional letters of reference, undergraduate transcripts, and a statement of research and education interests specific to CBN programs sent to MSU. If the application fee is problematic, fee waivers are available based on circumstances.

Step 3: Admissions Committee Review

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

Please do not contact CBN faculty regarding the review process (Steps 2 & 3). Only contact them regarding questions related to sponsorship and funding. Once your application to the Graduate School is complete, you will be contacted by the Graduate School.