Admissions and Application Info

The online application is currently available for students applying for entry in the Fall 2019 semester. Review of applications to CPCB will begin on December 10. Please finalize your application by that date to receive full consideration. We will continue to accept applications through December 10.

We welcome students from various backgrounds, including life sciences, computer sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics or engineering majors. We especially welcome students with interdisciplinary backgrounds (e.g., with undergraduate (or Master’s) degrees in computational biology or bioinformatics), or multi-disciplinary backgrounds, for example double major or major/minor in biology and a quantitative science. All our students take five core courses (described here) after which they may select one of our four different paths (specialization areas), depending on their background and interest area: bioimage informatics, computational genomics, computational structural biology and cell & systems modeling. Compensating courses at the undergraduate level will be tailored to the needs/interests of individual students.


The final application is due no later than December 10, 2018.  Your application will not be considered complete until all supporting data, GRE and TOEFL scores, transcripts, and recommendation letters, have been received. We do not have a rolling admission application process; however, it is always better to submit your application as early as possible.


REQUIRED MATERIALS – Deadline December 10, 2018

  1. The Online Application
  2. Statement of Purpose – You may want to include the names of faculty that you might be interested in working with.
  3. Three letters of Recommendation
  4. Unofficial Transcripts (submitted online)
  5. Conversion of GPA (for international students only)
  6. Unofficial GRE Scores (submitted online)
  7. Unofficial TOEFL Scores (submitted online)
  8. Application Fee


Please bear in mind that the entire application process is completed online.  It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to make certain that their application is complete and submitted in a timely manner.

Applications and all supporting documents, including letters of recommendation, must be received by the final deadline of December 1.  You may submit your application by noon (12:00pm) EST December 10 to avoid higher application fees. The early deadline does not imply an early decision. If you submit by noon (12:00pm) EST November 30, you may continue to make changes to your application until noon (12:00pm) EST December 10.  However, no changes will be allowed after that time. 

If you submit your application by noon (12:00pm) EST November 30, the application fee is $75 for one program and $50 for each additional program.   From 12:01pm EST on November 30 until noon (12:00pm) EST on December 10, the application increases to $125 for one program and $75 for each additional program. 

If you are in another time zone, it is your responsibility to recalculate your deadline to reflect Eastern Standard Time (EST).

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