Applying to the Joint Carnegie Mellon University – University of Pittsburgh PhD Program in Computational Biology

The Carnegie Mellon University – University of Pittsburgh PhD Program in Computational Biology (CPCB) provides interdisciplinary training in using quantitative and computational approaches to tackle scientific questions that lie at the interface of the life, physical, engineering, and computer sciences.

The program currently has 78 students, who are taught and mentored by leading experts at two of the foremost computer science and biomedical research institutions in the world. Students receive interdisciplinary training from 25 core faculty and 65 affiliated faculty, representing over 30 departments and centers in the universities.

Interested in joining the Joint CMU-Pitt PhD Program in the Fall of 2020?  Students apply using the online admissions site of the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science. 

The application website for our graduate program will open August 20th.  We encourage applications by the early deadline of December 2nd, 2019 (noon, EST) .  However, applications will be accepted until December 12, 2019 (noon, EST), to allow the inclusion of all required information. Please contact the CPCB Program administrators with any questions or about any difficulties with assembling your application, as incomplete applications cannot be evaluated. Please complete and submit the online application, as well as your supplemental materials, by the deadline. Applications are reviewed by our Admissions Committee as they become complete (i.e. receipt of all recommendation letters, transcript(s), and if required, TOEFL score reports, resume and personal statement). GRE’s are not required.

*When it prompts you to enter your GRE date, please just enter the date of your application

Admission is offered either through Carnegie Mellon University or the University of Pittsburgh based upon the evaluation of your application.

If you have any questions, please contact us:

Kelly Gentille ( or Nicole Stenger (


We hope to hear from you!