Admissions and Application Info

GRE scores are no longer required for admission. If applying to the CPCB program causes financial hardship, you may request an application fee waiver by emailing admissions@compbio.cmu.edu. Please include “fee waiver” in the subject line.

The online application will be available for students applying for entry in the Fall 2022 semester.  We will continue to accept applications until the application deadline of December 10, 2021 (11:59am, EST). Please read the Application FAQ before starting your application

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.

DEADLINES

The final application is due no later than December 10, 2021 (11:59am, EST).  Your application will not be considered complete until ALL supporting data, 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.

*Early Deadline - If you submit your application by 11:59am EST November 19, 2021, the application fee is $75 for one program and $50 for each additional program.   From 12:00pm EST on November 19, 2021 until 11:59am EST on December 10, the application increases to $125 for one program and $75 for each additional program.


REQUIRED MATERIALS – Deadline December 10, 2021 11:59am

  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. If your university or college issues the academic documents in a language other than English, you must submit the certified copy of the original documents in the ORIGINAL LANGUAGE PLUS A CERTIFIED ENGLISH TRANSLATION. Do not submit a translation only. All translations must be complete and literal translations of the original records.(submitted online)
  5. Unofficial TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo Scores (submitted online)
  6. Application Fee

Please keep 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 completed and submitted in a timely manner.

Applications and all supporting documents, including letters of recommendation, must be received by the final deadline of December 10, 2021.  You may submit your application by 11:59am EST December 10, 2021, to avoid higher application fees. The early deadline does not imply an early decision. If you submit by 11:59am EST December 10, 2021, you may continue to make changes to your application until 11:59am EST December 10.  However, no changes will be allowed after that time.

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

Please read the Application FAQ before starting your application. 

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