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Biochemistry and Cancer Biology

With a doctorate in Biochemistry and Cancer Biology, you’ll be prepared to make your mark as a translational researcher.

Research in our laboratories is diverse and multidisciplinary, focusing on diagnosing, preventing, and treating various diseases. With a strong emphasis on cancer and immunology, the program inclusively investigates disorders affecting organs such as the eyes, intestines, blood, and reproductive tissues.

By choosing to earn your doctorate in Biochemistry and Cancer Biology from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, you’ll be working alongside world-class researchers in state-of-the-art research facilities to advance our understanding of disease prevention, detection and treatment.

Biochemistry and Cancer Biology is for you if you consider yourself

Analytical and Strategic
Helpful and Nurturing
Innovative and Cutting-edge



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What You'll Study


Students in Augusta University’s Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Biochemistry and Cancer Biology program are admitted via a common admissions process to the Biomedical Sciences doctoral program. After completing the first-year core coursework and laboratory rotations, students choose a dissertation research mentor and enter the Biochemistry and Cancer Biology program.

The average time to completion of the degree is approximately five years of full-time, year-round study.

Curriculum | Admissions Criteria | Tuition and Fees | Application Deadlines

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Graduate School Advantage

Augusta University's graduate programs are among the best in the nation – and the world – and our graduate students are our most valuable assets. To ensure that our students earn more than a degree, the Graduate School offers a range of opportunities so they can develop the leadership, communication and personal skills needed for a rewarding life and academic, research or professional career.

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About the Graduate School

Experience-based Education

Outside the Classroom

Access to the world-class research technology available at Augusta University, including the Georgia Cancer Center, allows students to make significant contributions to cancer prevention, treatment, and cure.

Multiple seminar series, such as the  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Series, bring internationally recognized researchers from across the university and the nation to share groundbreaking biomolecular research in a collaborative environment.

Augusta University is the primary healthcare-focused public research university in Georgia, and the program’s location on the Health Sciences Campus puts students at the heart of the university’s research enterprise.

Cancer Center

The state-of-the-art Georgia Cancer Center is home to world-class research labs and internationally-recognized cancer investigators.

Focused Education

Advanced training focuses on cutting-edge technologies and scientific communication to foster student development into independent research scientists.

Holistic Approach

Collaborative teams from diverse fields of study provide a wide range of research opportunities that maximize the chances of impactful learning and discovery.


Recognized Faculty

The program’s faculty have a passion for cancer research and education that creates an atmosphere of cooperative learning. 

Your Future

Career Options

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for medical scientists is projected to rise much faster than average through 2031.

In 2021, the median pay for a medical scientist was $95,310 per year.


Student Stories

I chose my degree program because the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is very collaborative. I like that I can ask for help if needed from other Professors and everyone is friendly and knowledgeable."

Karina Aguilar


My career goal is to become a PI investigating ways to reduce the harmful effects of Radiation on Astronauts in space.

Dominique Monroe




Admissions Criteria at a Glance

GPA: Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the Baccalaureate level calculated on all undergraduate work.

Degree Requirement: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university.

Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Unofficial transcripts from US colleges and universities can be used in the admissions review process in lieu of official transcripts for this program.

Standardized Test Requirements: None are required for this program.

Letters of Recommendation: Recommendations from three individuals must be submitted through the application portal.

Resume: Applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae within the application portal.

Research Experience: Research experience is required for admission.  Applicants will provide a personal statement that includes a summary and description of your research experience in the application portal.

International Students: Please review the verification process for international transcripts and the english proficiency requirement.

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Detailed Program Tuition Information

Please visit the Graduate School for detailed admission criteria and important application process information.

Application Deadlines

Fall '24 Early Deadline

  • December 1, 2023

Fall '24 Standard Deadline

  • December 15, 2023

Application fee waiver extended to Dec 15, 2023

Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made. The program does not accept applications after the published application deadline, however the program will continue to accept application materials up to 2 weeks after the application deadline.

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Learning Like No Other

Why Augusta?

Two areas of focus allow you to concentrate on the research and career areas that inspire you.

The multidisciplinary approach to research and education provides a full-spectrum of viewpoints and experience that increase your understanding of disease and treatment.

Studying on Augusta University’s Health Sciences Campus puts you in the center of its biomedical research enterprise, with access to the Georgia Cancer Center, the Medical College of Georgia and the state’s only public academic medical center.

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Learning Like No Other

The Graduate School prepares successful and innovative leaders, scholars, researchers, educators and clinicians to advance their field and impact their community and the world. Currently, The Graduate School offers over 45 graduate degree and advanced certificate programs. The wide range of doctoral, specialist and master’s degree programs, as well as graduate certificate programs offered, provide outstanding training, research, clinical and educational opportunities.