Carnegie Mellon University

How to Apply

Step One

Application – Applications open November 15th each year and are closed on January 15th.

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

Applications are due by January 15th for August start date, $50 application fee.

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

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. 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 language scores – We require a report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from applicants whose native language is not English. 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 – 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 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.

Step Seven

Application Status – Check your application status page.

Step Eight

Decision Process – The application review process begins on January 20th.

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