Admissions-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Admissions, Ph.D. in Biological Sciences

Applicants who are interested in graduate study in the Department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University should have a background in general biology and must have graduated from a recognized four-year college, university or institute of technology, or have earned equivalent credentials. To be reviewed by the Admissions Committee, the application package must be complete. The application package consists of:

  • The Fall 2016 application will be available on August 1, 2015.
  • One official transcript from each college-level institution attended, whether or not a degree was conferred. International students must provide one copy of each transcript, officially translated into English. Contact the translation service, WES. For international applicants, the admissions committee will not review an application without transcripts in English and a GPA that has not been calculated on a 4.0 scale.
  • An official report of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test. The subject test is not required, but recommended. Photocopies of GRE scores will not be accepted, and scores must be no more than five years old.
    • Institution code: CMU 2074
    • Department code: Biology 0203
  • An official report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from applicants whose native language is not English. Photocopies of TOEFL scores will not be accepted, and scores must be no more than two years old. Scores must be no more than two years old.
    • Institution code: CMU 2074
    • Department code: Biology 35
  • Three online letters of recommendation. These letters should be from individuals who are in a position to evaluate your ability to successfully complete a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences; at least one letter should be from the college most recently attended.
  • A Statement of Purpose. This document should be a well-written, 1-2 page essay describing previous research experience (including your role in any projects), primary areas of interest, motives for a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and reasons for considering the Department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon for graduate work.
  • The Admissions Committee will review all completed applications and invite selected applicants (domestic students and international students who are residing in the United States) to 2 recruiting visits in February.

All students are notified of acceptance for the fall semester by April 1.

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Application Fees and Deadlines

Applicant Deadline Fee
International
(non-US citizen)
November 15
$75 US
Domestic
(US citizen or permanent resident)
November 15
Waived
Domestic
(US citizen or permanent resident)
November 16 - December 1
$75 US

Mail supporting documentation to:
Graduate Programs Office
Department of Biological Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Questions should be directed to:
Graduate Programs Office
bio-gradoffice@andrew.cmu.edu