Oliver Hockey and Lin Zhao in the lab

The application process is the same for the BCMB Ph.D. and M.S. programs. Students with a bachelor's degree may apply to either the M.S. or Ph.D. program, however students with limited research experience should consider the M.S. program first. Applicants' prior research experience (if any) should be discussed in detail the statement of purpose.

Deadline for application materials

Complete applications received by January 10 will be considered for admission into the program the following fall semester.

In some cases, applications may be considered after the January 10 deadline provided that: (1) the prospective student has identified a potential mentor, and (2) the mentor has requested an exception to the standard admissions timeline.

How to apply

Complete application forms and required materials
Applications are submitted in three parts as described below. All three parts must be submitted by the deadline for an application to be considered.
  • Submit part I of the application online at the CMU College of Graduate Studies website. All of the following materials must be submitted:
    • CMU graduate application
    • Official transcripts for any Bachelor's degrees
    • Application fee
  • Submit part II of the application by sending a single email to biogradcoord@cmich.edu. Include the following materials in your email.
    • BCMB application
    • CV/Resume
    • Unoffical copies of transcripts (these copies are helpful in case there is a delay in receiving your official transcripts).
  • Letters of recommendation
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation must be emailed directly from the letter-writers to biogradcoord@cmich.edu.
    • Letters should be written by people who know you in an academic and/or research setting
    • Letters should include your name and which program you are applying for (BCMB MS or BCMB PhD)
    • Letters should address your research ability, academic ability, communication skills, and ability to work with other people
Optionally, the GRE (general test), MCAT, or other similar test scores may be submitted. Arrange to have scores sent to CMU (Institution Code: 1106; Department Code: 0203).
  • Should I submit GRE (or other test) scores?
  • We expect that most students will not submit GRE (or other test) scores. We recommend submitting scores only if you think that your scores will make your application stronger

Begin the application process

Click here to start part 1 of the application process for the CMU BCMB programs.

Click here to submit part 2 of the application by email.

Review process

Only applications with all required documents and forms completed will be reviewed. The College of Graduate Studies will first confirm that your application meets the basic standards for graduate admission before your materials are forwarded to the BCMB program office. Once received, the BCMB program office will coordinate evaluation of all completed applications by the BCMB admissions committee.

For students who have not secured a faculty mentor match prior to submitting their application, the first step in the evaluation of applications will be a matching process to pair qualified applicants with faculty mentors. The faculty you list on the application will be contacted so they can review your application materials. If a faculty mentor has openings and is considering accepting you into their lab, they will contact you by email to arrange a meeting. After the meeting, the faculty mentor will let you and the BCMB program know if they agree to match with you. Only students who have been successfully matched to faculty will be considered for admission.

Letters of acceptance

For applications received by January 10, letters recommending admission will be sent by March 15 each year. The deadline for accepting offers of admission is April 15. For applications received at other times of the year, the review process will be completed as promptly as possible.


If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact us at biogradcoord@cmich.edu.

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