Admissions - Application Information

Admission to Graduate Studies

Prospective student candidates interested in admission for studies leading to advanced degrees in the Biomedical Sciences Cluster (Cancer Biology, Immunology, Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition, and Microbiology) must submit:

  • A completed application
  • Copies of transcripts uploaded directly to the application. At the point of application, we will accept unofficial transcripts as long as they are created on school transcript paper or have the school seal.  An official transcript will be required of all students who accept an offer for admission.
  • At least three letters of recommendation from college or university professors who know the applicant's work well.  Individuals who have been away from school for several years may submit recommendations from their employers. 
  • Graduate Record Examination scores.  GRE test scores are optional. If submitted they must be from within the last five years.The University of Chicago insitution code for the University of Chicago is 1832. 
  • TOEFL scores are required for all international students. The English Language Proficiency requirement may be waived if the applicant studied on full-time status for at least one academic year (within the last five years) in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and English medium universities in Canada and South Africa. More information about institutional TOEFL/IELTS requirements can be found here
  • Application fee of $90.

Applicants must apply directly to one of the four graduate programs within the Biomedical Sciences.  The Biomedical Sciences Cluster is not a graduate program but an administrative unit.  It is in the best interest of applicants to apply to programs in rank order based on interest (highest to lowest).  Applicants need not identify four individual programs, however the option is available should a student be undecided on their area of specialization.  It is perfectly acceptable to apply to only one program. 

Evidence of a sound background in the biological sciences is important as well as academic credentials suggesting that the candidate has the ability to pursue advanced study and successful research.  Previous research experience, while not required, is considered an asset. 

All applications to programs in the Biomedical Sciences Cluster must be submitted on-line.  The application opens in September and the deadline is December 1st.  The programs generally do interviews in January and February.  Final decisions are usually completed by mid-March and formal letters of acceptance are sent from the Dean's office by early April.  Accepted applicants matriculate in the following Fall quarter.

Special Programs

The MSTP/ISTP and MD/PhD programs are facilitated at the University of  Chicago because of the close ties with the Pritzker School of Medicine, which is a component of the Division of Biological Sciences.  These programs add another dimension to our scholarly interests.  While there is considerable sharing of courses, thesis sponsors and other resources among these programs, each special program has additional, unique features that appeal to certain highly motivated students.  We also enjoy strong intellectual collaboration with graduate programs in other Divisions, especially in Chemistry, Geophysical Sciences and Behavioral Sciences.

Minority Applicants

We especially encourage applications from African-American, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Island candidates.  The Division of Biological Sciences is committed to enabling qualified minority students for future careers in teaching, research and industry.  The Division's BSD Diversity Committee was formed in 1993 in an effort to improve recruitment and mentoring of students from underrepresented ethnic minorities. 


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