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Department of

Cancer Biology

How to Apply

The 2018-2019Academic Year application window will be open
September 1, 2017 through February 1, 2018.

Apply by December 15, 2017 for early review!

Application Process

Apply to the University of Cincinnati

All required materials must be submitted online to the University of Cincinnati Graduate School by February 1; however, we advise you to have your application completed by December 15, since we have limited slots available in the program and we review applications as they are completed. 

After a thorough screening of applications, personal interviews will be arranged for a select group of competitive candidates, typically in January or February. Some interviews will be on campus while others will be conducted electronically. The interview serves as an opportunity for the applicant to meet faculty and graduate students, to see the Program’s research facilities, and for members of the Program to evaluate the prospective student.

While we use grades and test scores as part of our ranking process, we give greatest emphasis to the candidate’s personal statement, research experience, letters of recommendation, and interviews. For select candidates, an “offer of admission” will be made between January and April of the spring prior to the summer admission. The program begins July 1. New students are only admitted once per year.

Admission Requirements

  • Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about UC’s Admission Process.
  • Completed application through University of Cincinnati’s application management system. Applications for each class entering the program in July are accepted from mid-July through February 1. There is a $65 application fee. There is an additional $5 fee for international applicants.
  • Baccalaureate degree earned by July 1.
  • At least one letter of recommendation, ideally from someone who can attest to your research experience, academic accomplishments, potential, and character. Up to three letters will be accepted for review.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Strong background in Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics and Mathematics
  • Overall GPA of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0)
  • Highly motivated toward research
  • Personal Statement about your desire to pursue a graduate degree in Cancer and Cell Biology.
  • Valid GRE General Test scores or MCAT score. Please note that we will not be able to review applications for which official scores have not been received.
  • Highly recommended that you submit the optional Video Essay as part of the application portal.
  • If you are provided an offer of admission, send your official academic transcripts to the Graduate School. Unofficial scores may be used during the application process. The “Regular US postal mail” address is below. Additional sending options and details can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

International Requirement

  • In addition to the requirements above, international students have several testing options to prove English proficiency. Test scores are only valid for two (2) years. We will not be able to review applications for which official scores have not been received. *Please note that the College of Medicine requires higher minimum scores than the general Graduate School requirements. Click here for exceptions to the English Proficiency Requirement.

    College of Medicine minimum scores

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)—7
    • PEARSON Test of English (PTE)—68
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)


Additional Resources

Graduate Students in Lab.