Doctoral Programs

Interdisciplinary Research

Think big. Biological sciences is a vast, interconnected field. Our graduate programs in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology (MCDB) and Ecology & Evolution (EE) span the breadth of biological inquiry. You will train in a collaborative environment amidst student and faculty colleagues with novel conceptual viewpoints and diverse technical approaches.

Customizable Training

Get what you need. Our breadth of research demands breadth of training. Choose from among a dozen graduate courses offered in house or from hundreds more offered in Pittsburgh.

Guaranteed Support

Focus on your research. Our programs offer 5 years of guaranteed financial support with exceptional tuition and health benefits. 

Professional Development

Get the job you want. We train students in writing grants and papers, develop their presentation and communication skills, and offer a teaching minor for those moving directly to faculty positions. 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.

Interactive Community

Have fun. Graduate training is not just taking classes and doing experiments. You will join an enthusiastic, close-knit community in weekly research seminars, journal clubs, regular social events, and off-site retreats to become a well-rounded scientist. 

Join more than 60 students from about a dozen countries at a University that ranks in the top 10 in National Institutes of Health funding and in the top 20 of US public universities, in a city repeatedly voted number one Most Livable in the country.