Requirements & Deadlines

Admissions Requirements

Acceptance is based on undergraduate record (curriculum and grade point average [GPA]), Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, letters of recommendation, a personal statement of research and career interests, past research activities, and, when possible, a personal interview. 

Photo of GGS graduate student in the lab with a microscopeGeneral requirements for acceptance into the program:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

  • Target combined verbal/quantitative score on the GRE of 300

  • A strong background in biology, chemistry, and/or mathematics. Undergraduate-level courses in organic and analytical chemistry, cell biology, biochemistry, and genetics are strongly encouraged. Undergraduate mathematics through calculus and physics are also recommended. 

International students must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) earned within the last two years. Applicants with scores of 100 (Internet-based) or 250 (computer-based) or higher will be considered.

Application Deadlines

Domestic applicants: submit before or no later than December 31 for priority consideration (due to strong competition, we suggest applications be submitted by 12/01)

International applicants: January 15    


Required Application Materials
(see also our complete admissions checklist)

Domestic applicants (no application fee)

  • Application and personal statement

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended

  • Official GRE scores (Institutional code 1856)

  • 3 letters of recommendation

International applicants ($60 application fee)

  • as above, plus official TOEFL scores

Get additional details on the application process.