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The Graduate Program in Biological Sciences

Find out more about our PhD program at our Fall Open House!

Come learn more at upcoming information sessions, or send an email to

The Graduate Program in Biological Sciences at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh provides laboratory or field research that leads to a Ph.D. Students are supported throughout their time at Duquesne with a teaching or research assistantship ($27,500/year) and a tuition waiver. Students can choose to specialize in one of many areas of biology including microbiology, cell biology, evolutionary biology, neurobiology, physiology, endocrinology, or field biology. During the first year, students take courses to help them prepare for the Qualifying Exam at the end of their first year, and conduct two 10-week rotations to help them choose a Ph.D. advisor. Our goal is to help you become an independent scientist capable of making a mark on your chosen area of science.

With approximately 30 graduate students in the department, there is ample opportunity to get to know your classmates and establish friendships and collaborations. The low student to professor ratio means that you will receive individual attention in your course and lab work. Cutting-edge research facilities mean that you will have access to the tools you need to explore your chosen area of research. Departmental and University resources exist to hone your teaching skills to help you communicate your science to an audience of any level.

For more information about our program, click on the links below or send an e-mail to  GRE exams are not required to apply.



Application deadline is December 15, 2022. No application fee!

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