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Current Students

Information, forms, and procedures for current QSB graduate students are outlined below. A few good general resources include the Natural Sciences Grad Students page and the Graduate Division website.

The UC Merced Catalog contains a description of currently offered QSB graduate courses.

Academic Requirements, Procedures and Deadlines

QSB Documents

QSB guidance documents are helpful for gauging student progress. Student faculty committees are required to evaluate the progress of all QSB students annually.

  • Annual Faculty Committee Meeting
    • Annual student progress report format - for use by grad students. The student sends a progress report to committee members ahead of the committee meeting.
    • Annual student progress evaluation form - for use by faculty committees (MS Word format). The committee chair (and other members, at their discretion) provides a copy of the report to the student, the graduate group chair, and the graduate coordinator.
  • Master's Degrees
  • ​PhD Degree
    • Concentrations
      • ​QSB offers Concentrations in specialized fields of biology. Students enrolling in a concentration will take courses aimed towards specialized skill development, and the degree conferred will include the concentration. Current concentrations offered are:
        • Molecular and Cellular Biology. Students will develop scholarship, teaching, and experimental research skills in one or more areas of Molecular and Cell Biology, including biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, immunology, microbiology, neurobiology, and physiology. Here are the Policies and Procedures for the MCB Concentration.
    • Ph.D. Qualifying Exam
      • The format of the research proposal will be determined by the student in consultation with their adviser and committee; however the proposal must follow the format of a research proposal to a major funding agency in the student's area of research. Consult, e.g., NSF or NIH guidelines, or the ​linked example of a different format
      • For instructions and forms on how to apply for the qualifying exam, see the Graduate Division's Forms and Publications Page
    • Instructions for Advancement to Candidacy
    • PhD Dissertation
    • ​Learning Outcomes
    • Policies and Procedures - official QSB degree requirements
    • Courses that satisfy the Quantitative, Systems, and elective components

Grad Student Employment

The QSB stipend addendum contains details about how the QSB stipend policy is implemented. Salary tables are set by University and Graduate Group policies. Grad students can check their employment information at

Other Important Documents

Graduate Division

  • General requirements for graduate study and degrees are available at the Graduate Division website.
  • The Forms and Publications page has links to many important documents, including the Graduate Student Handbook (an excellent introduction for new students), Graduate Rights and Responsibilities, and the Graduate Advisor's Handbook (which includes many official regulations governing graduate education).
  • The Graduate Student Funding Resources page has links to extramural fellowships.


The Registrar's website has links to forms and policies for coursework, enrollment, fees, and transcripts.

Office of Research

The Office of Research website has information about research integrity and compliance; intellectual property, technology transfer and patents; conflict of interest; grants and fellowships; and much more.