Admissions & Applications
Program and Deadlines
City of Hope’s Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences offers a Ph.D. in biological sciences.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early for best consideration. The Graduate Program in Biological Sciences will consider both domestic and international applications. Please note that your application is not considered complete until all steps below are completed.
All students must complete an online application. The application for Fall 2019 is now open until January 1, 2019 at 11:59 P.M. P.S.T.
- Provide additional required documentation by mail.
- Await possible contact from the Admissions Committee regarding an on-site interview.
- Online application (biographical information, essays and educational history)
- Three letters of recommendation (recommenders can submit online or mail their letters on your behalf)
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- GRE Scores (optional): The Graduate School has decided to make the submission of GRE score both for the general and subject-specific exam optional. However, we will still consider GRE scores if they are submitted, and such scores may be helpful for applicants with weaknesses in their prior academic records (e.g., if GPA is below 3.0). GRE scores must be sent by the Educational Testing Service to the Office of Graduate Education. The School Code for City of Hope is 4076.
- TOEFL Scores: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required for all foreign students and must be sent to the Office of Graduate Education. The school code for City of Hope is 2268. Only foreign students who have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree in the United States are eligible to petition to waive this requirement.
The following prerequisites are recommended for admission to the Graduate Program in Biological Sciences:
- Two semesters of mathematics
- One year of general physics, including laboratory
- Two years of chemistry (general and organic), including laboratory
- One year each of general biology and biochemistry
- Significant experience in a research laboratory
- Additional recommended courses include:
- Cell biology
- Cell physiology
- Molecular genetics
- Developmental biology
- Physical chemistry
- Differential equations
- Advanced organic and/or physical chemistry