Cell & Molecular Biology Graduate Group



We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2017. The deadline was December 1, 2016.

We require the general GRE test and the TOEFL for applicants from countries where English is not the first language. Test scores must be submitted from ETS by the deadline. It is important for students applying to this program from outside the United States to realize that funding for overseas students is very limited, and thus the application process is extremely competitive.

All aspects of the application are important to us. We expect that all of our applicants will have had significant research experience. Please include specific information about your research experience in your personal statement. Please also be sure to ask at least one of your research mentors to provide a letter of recommendation; preferably, that should be the person who has been your mentor in your most recent research endeavor.

BGS also offers certificate programs in medicine, public health, and environmental health sciences. Detailed information on these programs can be found here.

Information about graduate student life at Penn can be found here.

2017 Admissions Season

We had 592 applications to our program for entrance in Fall 2017, 393 from US citizens or permanent residents of the US and 199 from citizens of other countries. We interviewed 140 and accepted 129. Our incoming class will have 61 students (52% female, 15% under-represented minority and 18% international). The table below breaks down their GPA and GRE scores. Please keep in mind that these numbers are not the only thing that our admissions committee looks at. Research experience, publications and letters of recommendation play an important role in the selection process.