Cell Biology and Physiology – Terminal MS only

Programs Degrees Major Codes Admissions
Term Deadline
Master’s** MS** CBPH Spring October 11, 2022
Master’s** MS** CBPH Fall June 13, 2023
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 13, 2022 (Recommended)
Director of Graduate Admissions Jay Brenman (brenman@med.unc.edu)
Graduate Coordinator Janice Warfford (janice_warfford@med.unc.edu)
Address Department of Cell Biology and Physiology
111 Mason Farm Road
5200 Medical Biomolecular Research Building
CB# 7545
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7545
Website https://www.med.unc.edu/cellbiophysio/
Test Requirements
GRE  scores are neither required nor typically recommended
Letters of Recommendation 3 (from professional and/or academic sources)
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Other Requirements

In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

** This application is for a terminal MS in Cell Biology and Physiology only.  This program cannot lead to a doctoral degree.  Admission to the terminal MS in Cell Biology and Physiology is only open to applicants with MD or DO degrees who are, or will be doing their clinical work/fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill and want to concurrently pursue this MS degree.  Candidates outside of these circumstances will not be considered.

If you are interested in a Doctor of Philosophy in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, please visit https://bbsp.unc.edu/.


Applicants must upload unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended at the time of application, including their MD or DO transcript showing date of graduation/degree conferral.

Faculty Mentors

Applicants must identify a UNC faculty member who has agreed to serve as the laboratory mentor. The bulk of this Master’s program is clinical research and the faculty lab mentor is a key component. The applicant should also list 2-3 other faculty that might be a logical fit to serve on the applicants Master’s Thesis Committee.

Statement of Purpose

The applicant should write a brief summary (<1 page) identifying the UNC Chapel Hill faculty mentor(s) the applicant has discussed mentorship with and agreed to be the official clinical research mentor. The applicant should briefly and generally describe the clinical research area the student will investigate during the Master’s program (a few sentences). Each student should also include any academic department that will be the administrative home department for the applicant’s employment/fellowship/faculty appointment. The applicant should also identify the possible funding sources for the student’s funding and tuition (e.g. T32, K funding, departmental funds, etc.) and with whom in the home department this was discussed. Finally, the applicant should address the number of semesters the student plans to be enrolled in the terminal MS degree program (typically 2-6 semesters, or 1-3 years).