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Committee on Cancer Biology (CCB) - PhD

Division: Biological Sciences
Degree Type: PhD 

Program Description

The Committee on Cancer Biology (CCB) offers an interdisciplinary program of studies leading to a PhD degree in Cancer Biology. The overall objective of the CCB and its Training Program is to provide multidisciplinary and integrated training in the biological sciences related to cancer research. Associated with this mission is the Committee's commitment to foster interactions among graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty. It continues to attract, enroll, and train graduate students through its core curriculum and associated seminars, journal clubs, group research meetings, and symposia. The research interests of the Committee faculty are broad and dynamic, offering students a wealth of research opportunities. This fact is reflected in the approximately 65 faculty members of the Committee who have primary appointments in almost every department within the Division, including: the Ben May Department for Cancer Research, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Health Studies, Human Genetics, Medicine, Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Organismal Biology and Anatomy, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and Surgery.

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Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application.


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: December 1

Campus Visits

Campus visits and interviews are not required. Contact the department for more information.

Degree Objective

The Biomedical Sciences cluster admits applicants only for the PhD degree.

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application Form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. Transcripts from all institutions attended after high school should be uploaded with the application.
  4. 3 letters of recommendation from college or university professors who know the applicant’s work well. Individuals who have been away from school for several years may submit recommendations from their employers.
  5. Graduate Record Examination scores. We require the GRE general test scores; subject test scores will be considered, but are optional.


Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are emailed in early March.

Program Requirements

  1. 4 required core courses (not including Experimental Cancer Biology)
  2. 1 course in 3 of following areas: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, or Molecular Biology
  3. 2 elective courses
  4. 6 quarters of Introduction to Experimental Cancer Biology
  5. 2 graded research rotations in different laboratories
  6. 2 teaching assistantships
  7. Preliminary Examination completed during the summer of the first year
  8. Thesis proposal and thesis defense

Costs & Financial Aid

The Division of Biological Sciences offers academically qualified applicants complete and equitable support. Students in good academic standing are guaranteed an initial five years of support (conditional on satisfactory academic progress) in a package that includes the cost of tuition, health insurance, and a stipend for living expenses. However, because many of the Division's sources of funding cannot be used to support foreign students, applicants from other countries should make every effort to obtain assistance from their government and fellowships from outside sources.