How To Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology Graduate Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Visit the School of Medicine Graduate Programs application page to access the online application. The deadline for application to the BCMB graduate program is December 1st, 2018. The following materials are needed:

  • Completed Online Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Interest and Career Objectives
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Application Fee

Statement of Interest and Career Objectives

The one-page Statement of Interest and Career Objectives should describe your motivations for pursuing a graduate degree, your scientific preparation, and your long-term career goals. It should include a description of your research experiences, outline your areas of interest for graduate research, and describe why Johns Hopkins and the BCMB program are a good fit for your research and career goals. The Personal Statement serves to demonstrate to the admissions committee that (1) you are committed to pursuing a PhD and understand what it takes to succeed in graduate school, (2) you are intellectually engaged in your science and can communicate it to a broad audience, and (3) the BCMB program and Johns Hopkins are a good fit for your research and career interests.

Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation to be submitted through the online application system. Letters are a critically important component of your application and we encourage you to request them from faculty members or other professionals who can comment on your aptitude and promise for independent research. Letters from individuals who supervised your research or academic work and can speak to your intellectual abilities and contributions, creativity, resilience, initiative, and independence are most valuable to the admissions committee.

Degree Requirements

A bachelor's degree from a qualified college or university is required for matriculation. A strong academic foundation with coursework in biology, chemistry, physical sciences, and quantitative analysis is expected.

Standardized Tests

The GRE is optional for application to the BCMB program beginning in 2018. Neither the GRE General test nor the Subject test is required, but inclusion of a good score may improve the application package of a candidate with deficiencies in some areas. The admissions committee will make no assumptions about the capabilities or background of an applicant if scores are omitted. If submitted, we encourage applicants to take the GRE test no later than October 2018 to ensure that scores are received by the deadline. Applicants should specify the number code 5316 for reporting their GRE scores. The TOEFL is required for international applicants, except those from countries where the official language is English or those who have completed or will complete a degree at a U.S. institution prior to matriculation. If you would rather send your application by mail, all of the application materials, including the letters of recommendation, should be sent in one package to the Central Admissions Office:

Attention: Ms. Anita Cunningham
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Office of Graduate Student Affairs
1830 E. Monument Street, Suite 620
Baltimore, MD 21287

Failure to send a complete application will result in a significant delay in the application review process. If you submit by mail, please allow approximately 4 weeks for mail time from foreign countries to JHU.

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Contact Us

On-Campus Interview Weekends

BCMB hosts two weekends for selected applicants to visit campus, meet BCMB faculty and current graduate students, and learn first-hand about the program. Attending an interview weekend is by invitation only.

Criminal Background Check

All Johns Hopkins University graduate students who are accepted will be subject to criminal background investigations. Generally, all offers of admission to School of Medicine degree programs will be conditioned on satisfactory criminal background investigations.

Financial Aid

All students accepted into the BCMB program will receive full tuition, health and dental insurance, and stipend support for the duration of their studies. The stipend for current students as of July 1, 2018 is $32,893. Each year the stipend is adjusted to reflect cost-of-living increases.