Admissions FAQs

When is the application deadline?

Applications for all GPB Home Areas are due each year on December 1 for admission the following fall.

How may I request a fee waiver?

Fee waivers are available for applicants who participated in certain undergraduate programs and who demonstrate need. The Graduate Division grants fee waivers through an established process.

How and where do I find faculty and research areas that interest me?

There are over 400 faculty members affiliated with GPB, and they are all listed on this website alphabetically and according to their Home Area affiliations. Each Home Area website also lists affiliated faculty and describes in more detail the research areas available to students.

Can recommendation letters be mailed to UCLA?

All Letters of Recommendation must be sent electronically. Within the application forum, you will add the contact information for the recommendation provider. Your Recommenders will be contacted to confirm their identity and given instructions to upload their letter electronically within the application system.

What is the required GRE score to be considered for admission?

Graduate Programs in Bioscience does not have a minimum GRE score requirement. All of your application materials including GRE scores, GPA, previous experience, and Statement of Purpose will be considered.

Are GRE Subject exams required for admission to the Graduate Programs in Bioscience?

No, the GRE Subject exam is not required for any Home Area. However, if you did take a GRE Subject exam, you may submit the scores within your application to give a better picture of your academic knowledge base.

Do I need to send my official transcripts prior to being admitted to the program?

Yes, all official transcripts must be received before your application will be reviewed. Please send official transcript copies directly to the Home Area to which you are applying. Official electronic copies of transcripts may also be sent directly from your institution's Registrar to the Home Area email. Home Area Contact information may be found on the left-hand side of the Contact website.

What if I change my mind about my Home Area choice after I send in my application?

Applicants are expected to investigate Home Areas, select one that best matches his or her research interests, and follow the specific application instructions. However, we recognize that many applicants have broad interests that may be evolving. That is why students can rotate in labs in different Home Areas and can change Home Areas during their first year. If you decide that there may be a better fit after you submit your application, please contact our office and we will do our best to accommodate changes.

How many students apply and are accepted each year?

Historically the previous umbrella program, ACCESS, received on the order of 500 applications, made about 100 offers and normally enrolled classes of 30-50 students. With reorganization as the Graduate Programs in Bioscience in 2014, enrollment through all the Home Areas expanded to about 70 students from over 1000 applications.

How many international students are accepted each year?

Normally, international students make up 10-15% of the total enrolled class.

 

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