Carnegie Mellon University

Applicants should contact us with any questions.  Interested students who want to join the M.S. in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics program at Carnegie Mellon University should have a background in biology, chemistry, biomedical engineering, or chemical engineering 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 applications portal opens up on November 10th. The applications are due on January 15th for admission to start in the Fall semester. Late applications may be reviewed if spots are available, but you will need to contact us before submitting a late application.
  • Unofficial photocopies/scans of transcripts (in English) are all that we need for application purposes. If you are admitted and choose to come, you will need to provide an official transcript over the summer before you matriculate.
  • An official report of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test and subject test are not required, but will be reviewed if submitted with your application. 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. TOEFL/IELTS are preferred if possible.
    • Institution code: CMU 2074
    • Department code: Biology 35
  • In addition to TOEFL and IELTS, we will now accept the online Duolingo English Test for applicants for whom English was not their first language. These tests include a proficiency composite score, section subscores, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with CMU M.S. in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics program when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session. Minimum and recommended score follows our TOEFL and IELTS minimums using percentile equivalencies and are indicated in the chart below. For more information, please visit the website for the Duolingo English Test.
  • 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 Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics; 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 primary areas of interest, motives for a M.S. in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics and reasons for considering the Department of Biological Sciences.