Cell & Molecular Biology Graduate Group

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Thank you for your interest in the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group. We will begin accepting applications for Fall 2019 on October 1, 2018. Applications will be due on December 1, 2018.

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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 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.

2018 Admissions Season

We had 535 applications to our program for entrance in Fall 2018, 351 from US citizens or permanent residents of the US and 184 from citizens of other countries. We interviewed 117 and accepted 114. Our incoming class has 55 students (65% female, 31% under-represented minority and 7% international). The average GPA score was 3.73.

Please keep in mind that this is 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.

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