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Doctoral Program Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Q: What are the institution and department codes for the GRE?
A: GRE Institution Code: 6173; GRE Department Code: 0206 (Cell & Molecular Biology).

Q: What are the institution and department codes for the TOEFL?
A: TOEFL Institution Code: 6173; TOEFL Department Code: 35 (Biology).

Application and Acceptance

Q: What is the application deadline?
A: To accommodate the disruptions caused by events related to COVID-19, we are waiving the GRE requirement for the fall 2021 application cycle. Applications will be considered with or without a GRE score.

Q: Do you admit students in the Spring semester?
A: Ph.D. students are usually admitted in the Fall semester, although applications will be considered for the Spring semester upon request.

Q: What test scores do I need to be considered for admission? What undergraduate grade point average do I need? Is research experience required for the Ph.D. program?
A: The minimum GRE score required for admission to our program is a combined score of 155 (Verbal + Quantitative). All applicants receiving scores of 155 or higher will be considered for admission. The GRE subject test is not required.

  • Specific GPA requirements are not established, as numerous factors are weighed when accepting applicants - GRE scores, undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, strength of application, etc.
  • Prior laboratory research experience, although not required, is viewed favorably for admission to the Ph.D. program.

Q: Do I need to take the GRE subject test?
A: The GRE subject test is not required.

Q: What is the minimum score required on the TOEFL?
A: A minimum TOEFL score of 600 on the paper version, 250 on the computer version or 100 on the internet based version is required.

Financial Aid

Q: Is financial aid available for your graduate programs?
A: Students admitted to the Ph.D. program receive a teaching assistantship, which provides stipend support in return for a light teaching responsibility (~5 hrs/week) and carries a full tuition waiver. Research assistantships, which also provide a stipend and full tuition waiver, may sometimes be obtained by arrangement with individual faculty members, if research funds are available. Teaching and research assistantship stipends currently start at $28,000 per year and include a health insurance supplement of $1,350.

Q: Are international students eligible for financial aid?
A: International students applying to the Ph.D. program are eligible for financial aid. If admitted, the student will receive a teaching or research assistantship, tuition waiver, and health insurance supplement as described above.