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Open House

Join us for a virtual open house to learn about Weill Cornell Graduate School (WCGS) Ph.D. programs and hear from current students, faculty and admissions representatives.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 5:00 PM

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Application Workshop

Join us to review commonly asked questions about applying to our Ph.D. programs, including admissions requirements, best practices for drafting an effective personal statement, soliciting letters of recommendation, and more.

Monday, October 25, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Monday, November 1, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Sign up for the Application Workshop on Oct. 25 here and Nov. 1 here!

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Instructions for Completing and Submitting a PhD Application

All applications are processed through BioMedCAS. To submit an application, you must create a BioMedCAS account and add each program to which you are applying.

Applications to the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (WCGS) are accepted in seven programs of study for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD):

  • BCMB Alliance: A partnership between three doctoral programs with a single admissions entry point
    • Biochemistry & Structural Biology
    • Cell & Developmental Biology
    • Molecular Biology
  • Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology, Biophysics & Systems Biology in New York City
  • Physiology, Biophysics & Systems Biology at Houston Methodist*

*We are pleased to announce that the inaugural cohort of PhD candidates in Physiology, Biophysics, and Structural biology (PBSB) began their studies at Houston Methodist Academic Institute Fall 2021. For more information, please see our WCGS web page on applying to the PBSB program at Houston Methodist.  Please note, international applicants are not eligible for admission at this time, but may be able to apply for Fall 2022 admissions at a later time.

The Fall 2022 admissions cycle for all other WCGS PhD programs is now open!



To be considered for PhD program admission, you must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and must show evidence of your potential for advanced research as indicated by your scholastic records, training, and experience. 

Applications for any of the WCGS PhD programs can be submitted online and must include:

  • Unofficial transcripts of all previously attended colleges and universities.
  • GRE scores are optional for all Weill Cornell PhD programs. GRE scores are valid for only five years after the test date, and must be submitted directly to the BioMedCAS application system by Educational Testing Service using Institution Code Number 4132.
  • Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required for all international students who do not qualify for an exemption (see below). TOEFL scores are valid for only two years after the test date. TOEFL results must be submitted directly via the BioMedCAS application using Institution Code Number is #B765.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or other professionals who are able to judge your preparation and fitness for graduate work in the proposed program of study. Letters must be submitted electronically as instructed through the BioMedCAS application.
  • An application processing fee of $80 charged through the BioMedCAS application system. Application fee waivers are available to US citizens, permanent residents, or undocumented applicants who have demonstrated financial hardship or participated in specific pipeline programs.

All application and supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by the admissions deadline listed above to guarantee review.


Admissions Process

After a completed application is received, the application and all supporting information are initially screened by an admissions committee within the intended program of study. The strongest candidates are invited to attend WCGS Recruitment Days held at the end of January and beginning of February. These multi-day interview and recruitment events include program overviews, personal interviews, and opportunities to interact with fellow applicants, current graduate students, and faculty.

Following interviews, each program forwards recommendations on candidates for acceptance to the Graduate School Dean for final decision. Candidates are then notified of their admissions decision. Applicants offered admission to a program of study must notify WCGS that they accept their seat in the program by April 15.


TOEFL Exemptions

The English language proficiency requirement may be waived if an applicant meets at least one of these criteria:

  • Is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its territories (e.g., Puerto Rico), or a citizen of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Canada. Applicants who are citizens of India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc. are not exempt from the requirement.

  • At the time you enroll at Weill Cornell, you will have studied in full-time status for at least two academic years within the last five years in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, or with English language instruction in Canada or South Africa. Even if English was the language of instruction at your school, if you did not study in one of these countries you are not exempt from the requirement. You must submit a transcript that shows you attended college in one of the approved locations, and that your academic program was at least two years in length.

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