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Students usually apply in the fall or winter and begin their studies the following summer. Your application will be considered by the Admissions Committee as soon as it is complete.

Admissions Timeline

December 1 Deadline for applications that will receive expedited priority review
January 15 Deadline for applications
January - March Selected applicants visit CWRU to interview with the BSTP
April 15

Deadline for applicants to respond to offers of admission

Your application will have several key components:

Undergraduate Coursework: You'll need fundamental coursework to succeed in biomedical graduate study, but your background will be unique. Biology, organic chemistry and mathematics through calculus are required, and biochemistry and molecular biology are strongly recommended. This background prepares students for success in our programs.

We encourage application from students with strong quantitative training who may have majored in physics or math and are interested in our Systems Biology and Bioinformatics Program and Structural Biology track. Depending on your preparation, we may suggest additional biology coursework once you start your PhD work.

Personal Statement: You'll have the opportunity to tell us about yourself, including the experiences that shaped your interest in science and your long-term goals. You'll also be able to tell us about your research experience and accomplishments, including undergraduate research, summer internships, graduate study, and work experience after graduation. Be sure to mention your contributions to any abstracts, posters and manuscripts.

Letters of Recommendation: We require three letters of recommendation. Please have research mentors and individuals who have helped you with independent work write several of the letters, so they can tell us about your maturity, independence, creativity, and promise in science.

Exams: The GRE general test is required. Our recent classes average in the 70th percentile in each area. A GRE subject test is desirable, but is not required. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for foreign students unless they are from an English-speaking country or have a degree from a university program where the instruction is primarily in English.

Interview: The Admissions Committee reviews applications when they become complete. Successful applicants are invited to CWRU to visit our program in the Winter/Spring at our expense. This visit allows you to:

  • meet with faculty members whose research you would like to explore
  • interview with faculty advisors
  • experience the research power at CWRU
  • meet current graduate students
  • meet other prospective graduate students
  • experience life in Cleveland

Our program seeks a student body that is vibrant and diverse. We seek applicants who come from groups that are under-represented in science and academia, including racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with physical disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. Our application allows you to tell us if you identify yourself with one of these categories, as designated by the National Institutes of Health. Please contact the program office if you need more information.

Foreign Applicants

Our program has limited financial resources for supporting students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States. As a consequence, only a small number of foreign students is admitted each year. We give preference to foreign applicants who have fellowships that can partially support their graduate education, who have strong research experience and publications, or who have completed some of their education in a university in North America. Because of these financial constraints, foreign applicants who do not satisfy one of these criteria will have a small chance of admission.