All Applications: December 1

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Criteria for admission: 

We recruit students who wish to pursue a long-term career in biological research and education, either in academia or industry. We consider any and all indicators of future success, including past research experience, the level of enthusiasm and detail in letters of recommendation, undergraduate records, performance on standardized tests, the applicant's written statement of purpose, and an ability to discuss research and future goals during an interview. By considering all variables without a preset formula, we select students who will succeed in our challenging and interdisciplinary program.

Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate or advanced degree by the time of matriculation; degrees emphasizing biology, physical or natural sciences, and mathematics are preferred.

If you choose to wait until the deadline date to submit your application, there is not enough time to follow up on missing application materials. This could result in an incomplete file. An incomplete file includes missing letters of recommendation, test scores, and transcript information. Incomplete files will not be reviewed by the admissions committee.

TOEFL Score: An international applicant must have a minimum TOEFL score of 105.

We admit students to start in Autumn Quarter.

Applying to other UW Programs:

Admission to the MCB Graduate Program is highly competitive  and we generally only interview 10-15% of all candidates who apply to our program. We suggest that if you are very interested in pursuing graduate studies in Seattle and the University of Washington that you also apply to the other biomedical departments at the University of Washington that have graduate programs. The following departments may be of interest to you: Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Immunology, Microbiology, the Neurosciences program, Pathobiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Biophysics Structure & Design.

Concurrent Epidemiology MS Application:

Applicants interested in the concurrent MCB PhD/Epidemiology MS program should submit separate applications to each program by the appropriate deadline.