The University of Pittsburgh Department of Biological Sciences is a multidisciplanary home to two outstanding graduate programs, 32 dynamic, internationally renowned research groups, and more than 60 students from about a dozen countries. All of this at a University that ranks in the top 10 in National Institutes of Health funding and in the top 20 of US public universities, and in a city repeatedly voted number one Most Livable in the country.

Graduate Programs

Ecology & Evolution (EE)

Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology (MCDB)

Animal Behavior Biochemistry
BiodiversityCell Biology
Conservation BiologyComputational Biology
EcologyDevelopmental Biology
Environmental BiologyMicrobiology
PhylogeneticsMolecular Biology
Population GenomicsStructural Biology

Independent Research

Hands-on mentoring from our faculty whose research interests span the breadth of biological inquiry

Innovative course work

The essentials plus in-depth analysis of current advances

Writing and presentation skills:

Sharpened with regular seminars and training in grant/manuscript preparation


One semester of a teaching assitantship, or more intensive training in our optional Teaching Minor program

Interactive environment

One department/one building; weekly student research and departmental seminars; annual retreat; journal, research and teaching clubs; regular social events; close access to resources at University of Pittsburgh Medical School and Carnegie Mellon University

Financial support

Competitive stipend awarded through fellowships or teaching and research assistantships with exceptional tuition and health benefits

Our MCDB or EE programs will prepare you for a variety of career opportunities: recent graduates have moved to postdoctoral positions at leading research institutions like Yale, Harvard and UCSF, have joined the burgeoning biotechnology industry, or have become professional educators at colleges and universities.