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The BMMB graduate program is located at the main campus of Penn State in University Park, PA and is part of the Eberly College of Science. We welcome applications throughout the year; however applicants are strongly encouraged to submit completed applications prior to December 1, 2017.


Every application is carefully reviewed and evaluated. We work diligently to put together a motivated, diverse, and academically strong class of incoming students every year. Strong candidates will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a reputable undergraduate institution
  • Extensive research experience in a laboratory setting
  • Strong letters of recommendation from lab mentors
  • Motivation to pursue research in a resource-rich, interdisciplinary environment
  • An excellent academic record


After review of the application, competitive applicants will be invited for an all-expense-paid interview and recruiting visit. The applicant's choice of research interests will be used to coordinate interviews with faculty from the BMMB graduate program.


Application Deadline

All applicants must apply to BMMB through the Graduate School. The application deadline for 2018 admission is December 1, 2017. Late applications will be considered, but may be given a lower priority. Applications that are not complete by the middle of January will not receive full consideration for the Fall 2018 admission.


Application Requirements

  • Upload/Request three letters of recommendation
  • Upload “Personal Statement of Motivations and Goals”
  • Upload a Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Upload Official transcripts
  • The Graduate School requires prospective students to upload official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended, both undergraduate and graduate, as part of the online application.
  • Request GRE scores to be sent to Penn State
  • Institution/School code is 2660, departmental code is 0202.
  • Note: Applications without fee payment cannot be processed.


Application Review

Applications to the program are reviewed by the BMMB Graduate Recruiting Committee. All materials must be received before the application can be evaluated. Following review of the applications, prospective students will be contacted about scheduling an in person, all-expense-paid, interview at Penn State (or by telephone or Skype for overseas applicants). Scheduling and additional information for these weekends is provided at the time of invitation. Decisions on offers of admission will be made after interviews. Applicants will be contacted as soon as possible to inform them of their status.


You may check the status of your application by visiting The Graduate School's website.