Admission to study is offered to students having good undergraduate training in biology (mainly, molecular biology and genetics) and computer science. Students lacking preparation in a particular field, but otherwise qualified, may be admitted and given the opportunity to strengthen their backgrounds by taking the appropriate courses. The GCB program especially encourages applications from minority students.
Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS) is the administrative home for all graduate groups that confer a Ph.D. in the basic biomedical sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. General admission information, as well as a link to the online application system, can be obtained from the BGS Website. BGS only accepts electronic applications, and the application process for each academic year begins in October of the previous year.
Completed applications will be screened by the GCB admissions committee based on: research experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement, grades and GRE General Test scores. GRE Subject Tests in biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics are recommended but not required. In general, interviews are also required as part of the admissions process, and applicants invited to be interviewed will be notified in December/January. Admissions decisions will be made in late February/early March, with all decisions finalized by April 15th.