Apply to the PhD Program
How to Apply
Prospective PhD students can apply online at the Brandeis University GSAS website.
The deadline to apply to the PhD program is December 1. Reviews of applications will begin in early December. Late applications may be considered, but first consideration will be given to applications received by the deadline.
Brandeis University is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. The MCB Program welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The university has support services in place for this population.
Students are considered for admission based on their application as a whole, not simply on grades and test scores. In addition to the student's academic record (grades and coursework), admissions committees heavily weigh letters of recommendation, the extent and independence of previous work and research experience, and the individual’s statement of purpose. GREs are not required. If the student chooses to submit GRE scores, those scores will also be considered. Approximately 62% of applications included GREs in 2018, and approximately 66% of students invited to interview provided GREs.
International applicants: there are additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas. If the student is submitting TOEFL scores, please note that the Brandeis TOEFL institution code is 3261.
Graduate School of Arts and Science provides additional information about the MCB program.
Visits to Brandeis
Applicants are encouraged to visit Brandeis to meet with students and faculty. Such visits are generally scheduled by the admissions committee. Visits provide an opportunity for prospective students to get a feel for Brandeis' unique social and scientific culture, its approach to student-faculty interaction, and research emphasis.
The day of the visit is filled with one-on-one faculty meetings, time to socialize with current students in the life science PhD programs, and a unique opportunity to see two senior graduate students present their thesis work to the community.
Notification of acceptance to the program
Notifications of acceptance or rejection are sent out as decisions are reached. For PhD applicants, this will occur no later than April 15.
Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Division of Science Graduate Affairs Office.