How to Apply

The Department of Biological Sciences trains graduate students under two distinct Programs: Ecology and Evolution (EE) and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB). The application process outlined below is nearly identical for both Programs, but see the "Application Details" link to the right for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and for Program specific details.

Domestic Applicants (all US citizens and current US residents) - you will need to complete the following items as part of the application:

  • Complete the online application (there is no cost, at the end of the application select "Payment by Check" but do not send a check)
  • Choose Biological Sciences as the Department and either EE or MCDB as the Program
  • A brief statement of your long-term professional goals. Describe your qualifications, scientific interests, your research experiences, and potential faculty advisors
  • Three letters of recommendation (submitted online by the recommender after you initiate the application, or by mail at the address below)
  • Copies of transcripts for all college-level institutions attended with degree conferred must be uploaded as well. These may be unofficial transcripts. Certified (official) transcripts and translations of all undergraduate and graduate study will be required at the time of matriculation (upon enrollment). 
  • General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required and Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology or Biology subject tests are encouraged, but not required
  • Submission of all of these materials can be done online.  If necessary, any paper materials should be sent to: 
    Ms. Cathy Barr, Graduate Secretary
    Department of Biological Sciences
    University of Pittsburgh
    A234 Langley Hall
    Fifth and Ruskin
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260
  USA
  • Apply by January 3rd

International Applicants

  • Complete the online application
  • Choose Biological Sciences as the Department and either EE or MCDB as the Program
  • A brief statement of your long-term professional goals. Describe your qualifications, scientific interests, your research experiences, and potential faculty advisors
  • Three letters of recommendation (submitted online by the recommender after you initiate the application, or by mail at the address below)
  • Copies of transcripts for all college-level institutions attended with degree conferred must be uploaded as well. These may be unofficial transcripts. Certified (official) transcripts and translations of all undergraduate and graduate study will be required at the time of matriculation (upon enrollment). 
  • General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required and Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology or Biology subject tests are encouraged, but not required
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores; the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences requires a minimum TOEFL score of 90, with a minimum score of 22 in each section. The minimal IELTS score in 7.0.
  • Application fee - $50.00 US Dollars
  • All application materials can be submitted online, but any paper materials should be sent to: 
    Ms. Cathy Barr, Graduate Secretary
    Department of Biological Sciences
    University of Pittsburgh
    A234 Langley Hall
    Fifth and Ruskin
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260
  USA
  • Apply by December 9th

Some students may have already identified, and communicated with, a potential research mentor. Such applicants - with a Masters degree or Masters level equivalent - can apply for Advanced Level Entry (ALE). A commitement by the faculty member must be made in advance, and applicants will follow the normal application procedure above. ALE applications are accepted throughout the year.