Facts & FAQs
- All GDBBS Programs lead to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). There are no master's degree programs offered by the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
- A $500 transition award is provided to all matriculating students to help ease the financial transition to graduate school. This award goes into the student's Emory account and helps them pay for student-related fees and expenses.
- A competitive stipend, tuition scholarship, and health insurance subsidy are awarded to accepted students. For the 2016-2017 academic year (September 2016 through August 2017), Division stipends are $29,000, tuition scholarships are $52,100, and health insurance subsidies are $3,030.
- Students normally matriculate at the beginning of the Fall semester.
- Arrange to take the general test of the GRE as soon as possible. Please remember to request that Educational Testing Services forward official copies of your GRE scores to the Laney Graduate School at Emory. Use institutional code 5187 (there is no department code). GRE scores cannot be older than five years at the time of the application deadline. The general test is required; the subject test is not required but there is optional space available for applicants to list those scores if they have taken the exam.
- International applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language). TOEFL scores cannot be older than two years at the time of the application deadline. In general, Program Admissions Committees prefer students to obtain a total score of at least 100 on the iBT or 600 on the paper based test. Please remember to request that the Educational Testing Service forward official copies of your TOEFL scores to the Laney Graduate School at Emory. Use institutional code 5187.
- Program interviews are usually held in late January through early March by invitation of the Program to which the student has applied. Interview travel expenses are paid by the Division for domestic applicants. The Division does not pay interview travel expenses for applicants who are overseas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Research experience is highly desirable but is not required. Applicants who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance above and beyond the basic requirements of their undergraduate curriculum and whose expressed interests in science are well-matched with the objectives of the Program can also be considered as competitive candidates.