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Cellular Biology and Anatomy

With a doctorate in Cellular Biology and Anatomy, you’ll be prepared for a career in research or as a medical school faculty member. It is also an excellent degree for those wishing to enter careers in other health science professional schools, clinical health science departments or public or private research laboratories.

Students in the Cellular Biology and Anatomy program develop a strong foundation in histology, embryology, neuroscience and gross anatomy while learning the latest research techniques.

By choosing to earn your doctorate in Cellular Biology and Anatomy from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, you’ll work side-by-side with internationally recognized researchers while pursuing your own research interests.

Cellular Biology and Anatomy is for you if you consider yourself

Analytical and Strategic
Innovative and Cutting-edge



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What You'll Study


Students in Augusta University’s Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Cellular Biology and Anatomy program are admitted via a common admission process to the Biomedical Sciences PhD program. After completing the first-year core coursework and laboratory rotation, students will choose a dissertation research mentor and enter the Cellular Biology and Anatomy program.

The average time to completion is 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

Students in Cellular Biology and Anatomy doctoral program enjoy numerous research opportunities thanks to the department’s strong ties with many of the research institutes and centers on campus.

The annual Lombard Kelly Distinguished Lectureship, which is organized by Cellular Biology and Anatomy graduate students, provides a unique opportunity to learn from the best.

As part of the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Cellular Biology and Anatomy students are part of the state’s only public medical school, with access to internationally recognized researchers and clinicians who are having a positive impact on patient health.


Versatile Degree

With a doctorate in Cellular Biology and Anatomy, graduates have a variety of employment options, from academia to research.


Rich History

As the state’s only public medical school, MCG is recognized as Georgia’s leading provider of physicians and receives nearly $64 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health.


Dynamic Department

The Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy hosts a variety of lectures and discussions, helping students develop critical reading skills while learning about important cellular biology topics.


Accomplished Faculty

Cellular Biology and Anatomy faculty are recognized educators, researchers and clinical experts who are committed to providing innovative opportunities for student learning and professional growth.

Your Future

Career Options

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for a medical scientist is $95,310 per year. Job growth is expected to rise much faster than average through 2031.

Recent graduates have gone on to pursue research at institutions including Yale, Vanderbilt, the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the Emory Eye Center.


Student Stories

I chose CBA because it made me feel at home when I’m too far away from home. The collaborative environment and kindness of the people in this department are strengthening me throughout my PhD journey.

Dima Alhamad


Do not be afraid to ask questions! Some of the best conversations happen by asking a question no matter how simple it may be. I am always learning something new in different disciplines whether from our journal clubs or seminars. I am always starting conversations with my friends by saying 'Did you know?"

Phylicia Allen




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?

A dynamic, collaborative department provides numerous opportunities for additional learning through lectureships, journal clubs and interactions with faculty members and visiting researchers.

Research facilities with state-of-the-art equipment enable students to pursue their research efficiently and conveniently.

As one of Georgia’s four research universities, Augusta University provides unparalleled access to groundbreaking researchers and the projects they’re involved with.

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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.