Cancer Biology Track

Application Process and Admission Standards

Students wishing to apply to the Ph.D. or M.S. in Biomedical Science program will need to complete an online application ( and submit additional materials and an application fee as instructed on the website.

Applicants must hold an earned baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university, and have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Typically, applicants will have an undergraduate major in Biology or a related discipline such as Biochemistry or Biophysics. Coursework should include chemistry through organic chemistry, physics, and math through calculus. Students with other majors such as Chemistry or Physics are encouraged to apply, but their coursework should include several semesters in biology.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants. With the new GRE scoring system, scores above the 50th percentile are recommended. In the old system, scores of 1100 (combined Verbal and Quantitative scores) and 4.0 (Analytical Writing Test) for Ph.D. applicants and 1050/4.0 for M.S. applicants are recommended.

International students also will need to provide scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), unless they have already received a degree from a U.S. institution. A PBT score at or above 550 or an iBT score at or above 79-80 is recommended.

Both the GRE and TOEFL scores must be submitted through ETS ( using institution code: 1845.

Three letters of recommendation are required. The online application process will provide you with the opportunity to send electronic requests to your recommenders.

Official transcripts are required from all universities/colleges you have attended.

A Statement of Purpose and a Resume will also be required as part of the online application process.

For all applicants, laboratory research experience is highly recommended. A Master's degree is not required to apply to the Ph.D. program.

Applications are considered for Fall semester entrance only, except for the Bioinformatics program.  The application deadline is January 15th. International applicants should also have completed their current degree program by May 1st. The number of available Ph.D. and M.S. positions varies each year and depends upon faculty research funding.  Only funded faculty can accept students into their lab.


Last Updated: 3/11/21