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The PhD application portal will open August 2016

Instructions for Completing and Submitting a PhD Application

Please note:

  1. Applicants for admission must be graduates of an accredited college or university, and must show evidence of their abilities for advanced work as indicated by their scholastic records, training and experience.

  2. All application forms and supporting documents can be submitted online. You will be asked to submit or upload:
    • Unofficial transcripts of all previously attended colleges and universities. An official transcript will be requested from accepted students prior to matriculation. Please contact WES (World Education Services), Academic Evaluation Services, Inc., or Globe Language Services if you need your transcript translated to English.
    • Unofficial GRE score reports from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Aptitude (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical) Test. Official scores must be sent directly to the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences by the Educational Testing Service. The Institution Code Number is 2119. Please visit http://www.ets.org/gre for more information and to register for the test.
    • TOEFL scores for students whose native language is not English. TOEFL scores are only valid for two years after the test date. Register to take the TOEFL at http://www.ets.org/toefl. The Institution Code Number is 2119. 
    • Three letters of recommendation from professors or other professionals who are in a position to judge your preparation and fitness for graduate work in the proposed program(s) of study. Letters must be submitted electronically as instructed through our online application.

  3. An application fee of $75, payable by credit card online to the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, must be submitted at the end of your application.

  4. Please make sure to complete and submit all parts of your application (including letters of recommendation) by December 1st, 2016for review.

TOEFL Exemptions
The English language proficiency requirement may be waived if the applicant meets the following criteria:

    • Received or will receive by the time of enrollment a degree from an accredited institution in the United States or a country where English is the primary language of instruction at the institution.

Fee Waiver

Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences does not want financial need to prevent domestic students from applying. We therefore offer fee waivers to U.S. applicants who:

  • Participated in a special program or conference designed to support underrepresented students in science – e.g. The ACCESS Summer research program, Leadership Alliance, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC), Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD), or McNair Scholars.
  • Can justify financial need

Applicants can request a fee waiver by sending the following information to WCGS-Admissions@med.cornell.edu: name, date of birth, and justification of financial need or special program/conference information (name of the special program or conference, date of participation and proof of participation). Fee waiver requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Approved fee-waiver applicants will receive an email reply with a one-time fee waiver code to be entered at the end of the application.

WCGS seeks applications from students with diverse undergraduate degrees and encourages applications from students who are from underrepresented groups, have disabilities, or are from disadvantaged backgrounds. (We recognize that some applicants may belong to more than one of these categories.)

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Graduate School of Medical Sciences
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