For Prospective Students-M.S. in Computational Biology - Carnegie Mellon University

M.S. in Computational Biology: How to Apply

Applicants who are interested in the M.S. in Computational Biology program at Carnegie Mellon must have graduated from a recognized four-year college, university or institute of technology, or have earned equivalent credentials. Students should have an understanding of general biology and at least familiarity with computer science. For review, the application package must be complete. The application package consists of:

  • 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. 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. 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 M.S. in Computational Biology; 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 your previous research experience (including your role in any projects), primary areas of interest, motives for a M.S. in Computational Biology and reasons for considering the Department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon for graduate work.
  • A US $75 non-refundable application fee payable by credit card; after acceptance into the program, a US $150 enrollment deposit payable by credit card (to be applied toward tuition) is required to secure your place.

For the fall semester: The final deadline is May 1; however, applications received by February 15 will receive priority consideration and will be eligible for an early decision.

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Graduate Programs Office
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