How to Apply


What we need from you:

  • Official online application
    The application period for UChicago Biosciences programs starting in Autumn Quarter 2021 will open in early September 2020. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all materials are submitted by the December 1 deadline. Our approach to evaluation of candidates is holistic; applications are reviewed as a whole. The admissions committee takes into consideration the entire application package, including submitted transcripts and scores, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and, especially, academic and research background. Evidence of a sound background in the applicant’s intended field of study is important, as are academic credentials suggesting that the applicant has the ability to successfully pursue advanced study and research. The University of Chicago recognizes that standardized test scores may not be good indicators of ability or potential for all candidates; submission of GRE scores is therefore optional. Previous research experience is considered a strong asset. 

  • All postsecondary education transcripts from which a degree was awarded
    Transcripts must be scanned and uploaded to the link provided in the online application. Transcripts must be in the original language (with an authorized translation if that language is not English). Unofficial transcripts obtained from the school’s registrar are acceptable for the application review, but an official transcript displaying the seal of the degree-granting institution will be necessary before matriculation for admitted students. 

  • Candidate Statements
    Your Research Statement should discuss your academic and career objectives. Be specific about the field in which you plan to study and your particular research interests. Discuss previous research projects and professional activities in which you have participated, and how these experiences have prepared you for your future studies. Beyond what is apparent from your transcripts, describe any additional preparation for your proposed research area, including quantitative and computational training if appropriate. 

    Your Personal Statement should discuss your personal trajectory, including how your interest in your chosen research field has developed. Describe examples of leadership skills and unique characteristics that you bring to your chosen field. Discuss any relevant challenges you have faced or road-blocks you have overcome during your educational or professional preparation, and the personal and individual strengths that make you a qualified applicant.

    Your statements are an important part of your application. They should be clear, concise, and well crafted.

  • Three letters of recommendation
    Submit letters electronically via the online application. If using a recommendation letter service such as Interfolio, the service must include the ability to upload each letter individually to the unique link provided. We cannot accept a single upload containing all of your letters.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
    GRE test scores are optional. If submitted they must be from within the last five years. The University of Chicago institution code is 1832.

  • $90 application fee

  • Original notification of English language competence
    If the applicant’s native language is not English, TOEFL or IELTS scores, or a transcript showing the successful completion of a year of graduate-level study taught in English are acceptable. The University of Chicago institution code is 1832. This requirement may be waived if the applicant is a native of or has studied in full-time status for at least one academic year within the last five years in the United States including Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean countries of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, or English medium universities in Canada or South Africa. (This applies only to English medium universities in Canada or South Africa. Study in English medium universities in other countries does not qualify for a waiver.) Waivers only apply to those who have studied full time in one of the countries listed on the waiver list above.  Employment in an English-speaking country does not make you eligible for a waiver. Check the TOEFL and IELTS sites for more information.

Additional Information

If you are seeking advice or wish to make a visit before applying to our programs, please contact the individual program. We encourage you to seek information and advice from any of our programs or their faculty members. Because of the volume of applications and requests for status updates we receive, we are not able to evaluate individual credentials or resumes.

UChicago Biosciences does not release information regarding the number of applicants, number of students accepted, number of international applicants, or any other statistic pertaining to our applicants; however, some programs may share statistics for their individual programs.

The average time to degree is 5.8 years; however, depending on the student’s program, the time to degree may be greater or less than the average.

International Students

We welcome international students to share their unique perspectives and expertise with our diverse student body. For admissions and aid purposes, an international applicant is defined as one who holds, or hopes to enter the United States on, a nonresident student visa. International applicants submit the same application as do US citizens, permanent residents, and refugees, but are subject to additional requirements with regard to financial resource viability and demonstrated English proficiency.

Our financial package is available to all students. International applicants are given equal consideration for all awards and sources of University of Chicago support for which they qualify, but because they are not eligible for federal training grant appointments or student loans, the available sources of tuition and stipend aid are limited and competitive. International applicants are thus urged to seek aid from other areas (e.g., fellowships awarded through their native country) before seeking admission to graduate programs at the University of Chicago.

Prior to being offered formal admission, the international applicant must document the ability to meet the financial requirements necessary to obtain a student visa.

There are many campus resources for international students, including the Office of International Affairs and the English Language Institute.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are accepted and follow the same application procedures as new applicants. To be considered for transfer, students must have a valid reason for the move and must provide a letter of recommendation from an appropriate faculty member from their current institution. If the student is accepted for transfer, the degree-granting unit in which the student matriculates will decide whether the student can matriculate with advanced standing.

Recruiting Events

Representatives from UChicago Biosciences will be available to meet you and talk more about our programs at the following events. If you are not able to meet with us at a recruiting event, you are always welcome to send questions to


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