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Molecular Oncology and Immunology

With a PhD in Molecular Oncology and Immunology, you’ll be prepared for a career in basic and translational biomedical research, either in an academic environment or industry.

The program includes faculty members from clinical and basic science departments for an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of disease processes.

By choosing to earn your doctorate in Molecular Oncology and Immunology from Augusta University, you’ll be joining a program that encourages you to design your own course of study.

Molecular Oncology and Immunology 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 Molecular Oncology and Immunology 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 Molecular Oncology and Immunology 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

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

Graduate Research Day offers you the chance to present your research and compete for awards and recognition.

The Georgia Cancer Center’s Grand Rounds series features talks on cancer-related topics intended expand interactions and initiate collaborations across departments and disciplines.

Tailored Education

The program allows students to design their own program of study, individualizing learning opportunities and customizing research objectives.


Student Success

Program alumni have found positions in highly respected universities and organizations, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Specialized Focus

The program’s focus on tumor immunology gives graduates important skills valued by academic and clinical research, medicine and industry.


Diverse Faculty

Molecular Oncology and Immunology faculty come from the basic sciences and clinical medicine to provide a truly interdisciplinary education.

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

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I want to make a difference in science. Thus, I was looking for a translational research program. Molecular Medicine offered me the opportunity to impact patients’ life with my research.

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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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*Tuition & Fees listed here are for in-state students enrolling in the university for Fall 2024 semester.

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?

The program’s focus on the development of new approaches to disease treatment through the unique combination of basic science and translational medical research prepares graduates to make a difference in a variety of different environments.

Individualized programs of study allow you to tailor your research and focus on your career objectives.

The diverse, internationally recognized faculty provide the full spectrum of biomedical research training.

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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.