Admission to the CBMP graduate program
The CBMP graduate program is one of six training options available to students within the University of PIttsburgh School of Medicine Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program (IBGP). The IBGP selects students from a large pool of highly qualified national and international applicants. They are graduates of prestigious colleges and universities with outstanding research interests and aspirations. Each year, 25-40 students are admitted to the IBGP. Only students seeking the PhD degree may apply. The Cell Biology & Molecular Physiology graduate program does not accept applications directly. Instead, all applications are processed through the IBGP

Admission Requirements are as follows:
  • A baccalaureate degree in a natural or physical science or engineering program.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4) or its equivalent from an accredited institution.
  • Scores from the general Graduate Record Exam (GRE). (Institution code 2927, Department code 0609) GRE Scores must be less than 5 years old.
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation. Letters from faculty familiar with the applicant's research accomplishments are of particular value to the evaluation process.
  • Applicants who are citizens of countries where English is not the official language (and the Province of Quebec in Canada) are required to submit evidence of English language proficiency by submitting the official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum result of 600 paper, 100 iBT TOEFL, or a minimum result of 7.0 on the IELTS is required for admission to the program. Scores must be less than two years old. To submit TOEFL scores, use Institution Code 2927 and Department Code 45. IELTS results certificates are to be sent directly to the Graduate Studies Office. Applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree or a higher degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States are exempt from submitting English language proficiency test results.

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