Carnegie Mellon University

How to Apply

Step One (Application overview)

Before you begin, let us know if you have any questions.

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Select "Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics" once your account has been set up.

You may also wish to apply separately to our MS program in Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Engineering and/or MS program in Computational Biology.

There is a $50 application fee for all applicants.

Application review begins in mid-December and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis after that. The final dates that applications are accepted are as follows:

International applications: March 18th application deadline to submit (LORs need to be submitted within 2 weeks after the application is submitted). The early deadline is to allow for us to have enough time to process visa requests.

Domestic applications (including foreign scholars who are currently F1 visa holders studying and living at a college/university in the US): April 29th application deadline to submit (LORs need to be submitted within 2 weeks after the application is submitted).

Step Two (Transcripts)

Transcripts – For all applicants: the MS in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics program prefers unofficial copies of transcripts for application purposes, we will collect official transcripts from you if you are admitted and decide to come (required before you can start).

International applicants: The admissions committee will not review an application without transcripts in English. If your school will not provide English transcripts, then a WES evaluation will be required; however, if the transcripts from your school are available in English, third-party (e.g. WES) evaluations are NOT necessary for application.

Step Three (Optional GRE)

Optional GRE scores – 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 are also accepted, but if those are sent then you will need to provide official scores in the Spring if you are admitted. We do not accept GRE subject tests.

If you want to submit official copies with your application, please use the information below:

  • Institution code: CMU 2074
  • Department code: Biology 0203

Step Four (English proficiency for non-native speakers)

English language scores – We require a report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from applicants whose native language is not English, unless the applicant has completed a university-level degree in the U.S. or in another majority native English-speaking country in the last 4 years. Photocopies or unofficial scans of TOEFL scores will be accepted for admission, but we will then need official scores in the Spring if you are admitted. You may also send official TOEFL scores with your application:

  • Institution code: CMU 2074
  • Department code: Biology 35

In addition to TOEFL, we also accept IELTS and 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. Again, unofficial score scans are acceptable for application purposes, but admitted students will be required to submit official scores in the Spring.

Step Five (Letters of recommendation)

Letters of Recommendation – Three online letters of recommendation 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.

Step Six (Statement)

Statement of Purpose – The Statement of Purpose 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.

Your statement should include:

  • your motivation to enter the field of Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics
  • any previous research experience you have (including your role in those projects), and, if applicable, any publications
  • your primary areas of interest within Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics
  • your reasons for considering the MS in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics program for graduate work

Step Seven (Finishing up)

All materials need to be received before the application deadline.

After applying – Check your application status page.

Contact us with any questions.

Step Eight (Decisions)

Decision Process – The application review process begins immediately after the deadline. Acceptances will be received within 2 months after the admissions review begins.

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