Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions Requirements and Statistics

What are the general admissions requirements?

  • A strong undergraduate background in the physical, biological, or behavioral sciences.
  • A cumulative average of B+ or better in major science courses.
  • High motivation for a career in biological or biomedical research.
  • Strong letters of recommendation (three (3) are required).
  • Prior research experience is highly valued.
  • A thoughtfully written Statement of Purpose that includes information on why you want to attend graduate school, any research interests you may have, and details on any prior research experience, including the extent to which you were intellectually and independently involved in your research project.
  • All applicants (including international applicants) must submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE). Scores must not be more than five (5) years old. Our institution code is 5187 and there is no department code. - International applicants whose native language is not English must also complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For these exams, scores must be no more than two (2) years old.

What do admissions committees consider during the review process?

The PBEE admissions committee considers the full package of application materials, including prior research experience, letters of recommendation from research mentors, transcripts and GPA, other relevant letters of recommendation, if any, honors and/or leadership positions, and GRE scores.

What are the admissions statistics?

In the 2016 application cycle, around 25% of the applicant pool was offered admission and approximately 50% enrolled. (In the past, the Graduate Division typically enrolls about 70 students each year.)

How long does it take to complete the program?

It takes approximately 6 years to complete the PhD, but the time to degree can vary among the different programs. The Laney Graduate School lists program statistics for each of their programs. The Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences and our eight programs are listed individually, and each link can be found at

What are the average GRE scores for a Biological and Biomedical Science applicant?

Students offered admission to Division Programs typically have cumulative GRE scores ranging from around the 50th to 98th percentile, and the range is sometimes significantly lower. Average GRE scores for the incoming class typically are around the 70th to 75th percentile, with a wide range of scores. There are no set minimums for GRE scores and the admissions committee takes into account all of the application material when making its decision.

What is the average GPA for a Biological and Biomedical Science applicant?

Students offered admission typically have cumulative GPAs that range from around 3.0 to 4.0, and the average GPA for the incoming class is historically around 3.5.

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