BCB Ph.D. Admissions

Admission Requirements for BCB Ph.D.:

The PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology admits students on a competitive basis. Preference is given to applicants with strong credentials and appropriate undergraduate and/or professional preparation.  You are welcome to contact individual faculty members prior to applying for admission, but all applicants will generally be considered by the Admissions Committee in two cycles. Applications for Fall semester must be received by January 1 and are considered in January with offers made by the first week of February. Applications for Spring semester must be received by September 1, and are considered in September, with offers made by mid-October. Applications received outside the normal application window may be considered once on-time applicants have been reviewed and decisioned, if there is a space available in the program. Review of late applications is not guaranteed.

  • A baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution.  Admission requirements for Bioinformatics track will include an adequate preparation in chemistry, biology, mathematics (preferably statistics), and computer science. Strong candidates may be allowed to make up deficiencies in some area at the discretion of the Bioinformatics admissions subcommittee.

  • Evidence of scholarly and creative activity, including publication list; awards; results in national or international contests related to information technology, and the like.

  • A Grade Point Average of (or equivalent to) at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Excellent GRE scores.

  • One-page essay describing the applicant’s motivation for joining the program, and their areas of research interest.

  • Three letters of reference from professionals working in the applicant's field of interest that addresses the applicant's previous experience and potential to do research.


***For International Applicants***

  • TOEFL score Applicants whose native language is not English must score at least 220 computer-based, 557 paper-based, or 83 Internet-based in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). In addition, they will be required to take an English Proficiency Examination prior to the beginning of the first semester of study. Students who do not pass this examination must pass ENGL 1100 (English as a Foreign Language) with a grade of B or higher.



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Program contact:
Dr. Cynthia Gibas, Program director.

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