Upcoming seminars:

April 29, 2011

"Evolutionary conserved transcriptional response toward BMP signaling in developing mouse and xenopus embryos"

Ken Cho, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
Department of Developmental and Cell Biology
University of California Irvine

102 Jones Hall

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One Year Masters Program in Cell and Molecular Biology


Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What is the tuition for the program?

A:  Tuition for the One-Year Masters program is offered at the discounted rate of $11,375 per semester for the 2010-2011 academic year. Please see Tulane’s regular tuition and fees at

Q:  Do I need to pay a deposit once I'm accepted and decide to attend your program?

A:  No, there is no deposit.


Q: Do I need to pay a fee to apply to your program?

A: Yes, there is a $50.00 application fee paid online.


Q: When can I apply for the Fall 2011 program?

A: Applications can be submitted starting on January 1st, 2011. 


Q:  Where can I get financial aid information?

A:  Tulane does not provide financial aid in the form of teaching or research assistantships or tuition waivers for the One-Year Masters program, although students may be able to obtain loans or grants (see the Financial Aid website, at

Q:  Do I have to register for classes during preregistration periods?

A:  No. At the beginning of each semester, you will meet individually with the Directors of the program to go over their transcripts and come up with a personalized course plan. Seats are reserved for Masters students so there is no need to register prior to your arrival. You will be contacted in August by the Cell and Molecular Biology Department with information regarding this meeting and other aspects of orientation.


Q: What is the academic calendar for the program?

A: The Master's program follows the same academic calendar as the undergraduates at Tulane. You can look over the calendar here.

Q:  What are the average acceptance scores for the program?

A:  Our Fall 2009 entering class average undergraduate GPA(s) & test score(s) were:

Medical Track: Average MCAT 30 with an average GPA of 3.4

Research Track: Average GRE 1240 (verbal + quantitative) with an average GPA of 3.2

Dental Track: Average DAT 19 with an average GPA of 3.1


Q: Is there a minimum GPA requirement?

A: Although we don't have an official minimum GPA requirement, most of our applicants considered have a 3.0 or higher.


Q: If I did take the GRE, what is the minimum score accepted?

A: Tulane University requires a minimum GRE score of 1100 to be considered.


Q:  Are there any scholarships or teaching positions with this program?

A:  There are no scholarships or teaching assistantships available for this program.


Q:  Do you have an orientation for the new masters students? If I'm accepted, when should I plan to arrive in New Orleans?

A:  Yes, an orientation is held in August each year for our new students. After orientation, there is a meet-and-greet with departmental faculty and Ph.D. students. Accepted applicants will receive e-mailed information from Marnie Mercado regarding the date, time and location of the orientation. It is recommended to move to New Orleans two weeks prior to orientation. This gives students time to settle in, and become familiar with the city and University.


Q:  Do I have to be a Biology major to apply to the program?

A:  No, all students are encouraged to apply to our program.  See Admission Requirements.


Q:  If I have not completed my prerequisites for my chosen professional school, can I still apply to the program?

A:  Yes, however, such students will be required to complete the necessary prerequisites on their own time, outside of our program. We do not encourage taking any of these prerequisites while in our program due to the rigorous schedule.


Q:  Where do I report my MCAT, DAT or OAT scores in the online application?

A:  Since this is a general application for all grad students at Tulane, there is only an option to report GRE scores. Enter zeroes for GRE scores if you have not taken the GRE. You can self-report your MCAT, DAT or OAT scores in the Statement of Purpose section of the online application. We will need your official MCAT, DAT or OAT scores mailed in as well. We recognize that the MCAT processing center does not send official copies to universities, so a photocopy is sufficient. This can be scanned and emailed or mailed to Marnie Mercado.


Q:  Is there a deadline for accepting my spot in the program?

A:  Yes. When you receive our offer of admission, you will be required to respond by the deadline given.   If we do not receive your response by the specified date, you will forfeit your spot in the program.  This is necessary due to the high number of qualified applications we receive and the limited number of spots available in the program.


Q:  How many students do you admit to the program?

A:  Between 25 and 35 students.


Q:  How do I apply to the program?

A:  See How to Apply.


Q: Do I have to wait until I have all of my materials to apply online?

A: No. We prefer that you apply online before your application is complete. This way we are able to start a file for you and add your additional materials as they arrive by mail.


Q:  What is the deadline for applications?

A:  The deadline for the applications is May 23rd by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.  This includes your GRE, MCAT, DAT or OAT scores as well. There are no exceptions. Please plan to take your exam accordingly, allowing time for us to receive your scores BY the deadline.


Q:  What do I need to include in my application?

A:  See How to Apply.


Q: Do you accept committee letters in lieu of individual letters of recommendation?

A: Yes. We accept committee letters from all processing centers (Interfolio, University Pre-Health Professional offices, etc). The online application will not allow you to click "submit" unless you list three names of recommenders. IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO ENTER ANY OF THE NAMES IN YOUR COMMITTEE. You can enter ANY three names. We will NOT match the names on your application to the names on your committee letters.


Q: Is there a maximum length for the Statement of Purpose?

A: No, there is no maximum. However, the committee recommends around two pages in length.


Q: Do you have an interview process?

A: No, but occasionally the committee has questions for some of the applicants. If they do, Marnie Mercado will e-mail those applicants the questions.


Q: What happens after I submit my application?

A: Once your application is complete, you will receive an email from Marnie Mercado. The applications will be reviewed by the committee as they become complete. Acceptances may be made starting at that point. However, the length of time varies considerably. If we are still missing material(s) from your application by April 25th, Marnie Mercado will email you to let you know what we are missing. This will give you one month to provide us with any outstanding material(s) by the application deadline of May 23rd, 2011. 


Q: Does your program require a thesis?

A: No. Our program does not require a thesis.


Q:  Should I apply to professional school while enrolled in the program?

A:  Yes, it is strongly encouraged that you do apply while in the program.


Q:  If I have reviewed the website and still have more questions, who do I contact?

A:  Please contact Marnie Mercado, Senior Program Coordinator. You can reach Marnie at (504) 865-5618, or e-mail her at


Students are expected to complete all the requirements for the Master's degree within one calendar year from the date of the first day of class of the semester in which they enter the program.

Marnie Mercado
Tulane University
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
One-Year Masters Program
6400 Freret Street
2000 Percival Stern Hall
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118

Cell and Molecular Biology, 2000 Percival Stern Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5546