Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group.
Applications for Fall 2020 are now open! The deadline is December 1st 2019.
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The Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group (CAMB) is part of Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS), an umbrella organization administered through the Perelman School of Medicine that includes CAMB and other biomedical-related graduate groups. Within this integrated graduate group are six discipline program areas: Cancer Biology (CB); Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism (CPM); Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology (DSRB); Genetics and Epigenetics (G&E); Gene Therapy and Vaccines (GTV); and Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology (MVP). You can apply for one of the six CAMB programs through the Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS) Admissions process. BGS also offers certificate programs in medicine, public health, and environmental health sciences. Please see Life at Penn for information about campus life.

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. Research experience, publications, and letters of recommendation play an important role in the selection process.

As of July 2018, we no longer require the general GRE test. We do require the TOEFL or IELTS for applicants from countries where English is not the first language. Test scores must be submitted from ETS by the application deadline. There is no minimum required score, as each application is reviewed in its entirety and within the pool of applications for that year. 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.


2019 Admissions Season

We had 851 applications to our PhD program for entrance in Fall 2019; 482 from US citizens or permanent residents of the US, and 369 from international citizens. We interviewed 120 and accepted 116. Our incoming class has 58 students (62% female, 22% under-represented minority, and 10% international). The average GPA score was 3.75.