Cell and Cancer Biology Track

Application and Financial Aid

stipends/Tuition Support

Ph.D. students granted full admission in the CCB graduate track receive a stipend of $28,000/year (NIH level),  full tuition scholarship, and full health insurance coverage. 

Admission Requirements

  • An earned degree: Baccalaureate (e.g., B.S., B.A.) or graduate degree (e.g., M.S.) granted by an accredited college or university
  • GPA:  A 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or higher from the institution granting the baccalaureate or graduate degree.  
  • Coursework:  Prior coursework must be relevant to graduate studies in cancer biology, including courses in biology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, physiology, statistics, genetics, etc.
  • Letters of recommendation:  Three or more letters of recommendation are required. Recommendation letters must be signed by the letter writer and full contact information for the letter writer must be provided. The letter should highlight the professional relationship between the applicant and the letter writer, the applicant's work ethic, previous research experience and/or academic preparations, and the intellectual contributions to the research project, if applicable.
  • Statement of purpose:  Applicants are required to provide a Statement of Purpose, which highlights academic and research training prior to application, CCB faculty and projects that are of particular interest, and future career goals.
  • Resume/CV:  Applicants are required to submit a resume/curriculum vitae.
  • TOEFL (or IELTS) is required for all international students.  The following exceptions apply:

Please note that Ph.D. applicants do not need to find a mentor before they enter. All Ph.D. students will undergo laboratory rotations during their first year and then make a mutual decision with a mentor for their dissertation research. For M.S. applicants, you MUST contact and secure a faculty member to mentor your thesis research before the application. No stipend or tuition waiver will be provided.

Excitingly, if you are an outstanding applicant and after being admitted to our program, you are eligible to compete for University Fellowships.  Please search now for more information.  Applications generally open in October and close anytime between December and March.


The CCB graduate track uses a holistic approach to assess and evaluate Ph.D. applicants. The CCB graduate track Admissions Committee carefully considers each applicant's GPA, college/university where previous degrees were awarded, previous coursework, letters of recommendation, previous research experience, publications/presentations (if applicable), statement of purpose, and resume/CV.  For top applicants, a virtual interview (e.g., Zoom, Webex) will be conducted. 

How to Apply

Students interested in the CCB graduate program should   Apply Here 

Application open date is usually the first week of September each year. Priority applications are due by December 15th. Application review will begin on December 15th.  Admitted students will enter either Ph.D. or M.S. degree program, complete a rigorous first year core curriculum, rotate in three CCB research labs, and join a CCB lab by March of the first year.

* The application fee is $75 for international applicants and $45 for domestic applicants and permanent residents/green card holders.  Additional information may be found at the College of Graduate Studies Graduate Admissions Requirements.  Questions concerning application status should be directed to the College of Graduate Studies at 419.530.4723 or grdsch@utoledo.edu.

Questions, comments and suggestions regarding the CCB track can be emailed to the CCB graduate track director, Dr. Xiaohong Li.


Last Updated: 1/8/24