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

The Carnegie Mellon University – University of Pittsburgh Ph.D. 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 89 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 44 core faculty and 61 affiliated faculty, representing over 30 departments and centers in the universities.

Interested in joining the Joint CMU-Pitt Ph.D. Program in the Fall of 2022?  Students apply using the online admissions site of the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science. 

The application website for our graduate program will open on September 7th, 2021.  Applications will be accepted until December 9th, 2021 (11:59 AM, 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
  • The application fee is $125 for one program and $75 for each additional program
  • Fee waivers are available. Please visit this link to request one:
  • A list of the most frequently asked questions (including TOEFL guidelines) can be found here:

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:

Elizabeth Roberts ( – Applications Coordinator

We hope to hear from you!