Applying to the Biology Graduate Program

Information on Applications and Admissions

Applicants are accepted only for full-time work towards the Ph.D. degree. Part-time admissions and terminal Master's applications are not considered. Applications are not accepted on a rolling basis; applications and accompanying requirements can be submitted from October 1, 2018 until December 15, 2018. All applications received prior to December 15, 2018 will be given full consideration.  

It is important to note that all requirements must be submitted prior to the December 15, 2018 deadline.   Schedule for the admissions process is as follows:

December 15, 2018 - deadline for submission of all applications requirements. The Admissions Committee will start review of the files immediately after this date. This review will continue into January, 2019.

Early January, 2019 - Invitations to Visiting Day will be sent to selected candidates.

Mid- to Late-February, 2019 - Selected candidates will come to Penn for personal interviews with faculty members and to learn more about the Biology Graduate Program and life at Penn.   

Early March, 2019 - Offers of admissions will be sent to those applicants who have been selected for admissions.

April 15, 2019 - Decision deadline for admitted students.

Online Application Process

Admissions Information


The Biology Graduate Group cooperates with the Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS) program in the University of Pennsylvania Medical School but is administratively and financially distinct from BGS. If applying to both programs, then an application must be submitted to each program. Applicants may wish to review each program to see which program best serves their research interests before applying. 

Please note that the Biology Graduate Group and the Biomedical Graduate Studies Program are in separate schools within the University of Pennsylvania.   The Biology Graduate Group is in the School of Arts and Sciences while the Biomedical Graduate Studies Program is in the School of Medicine.

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