Application Information

The application for 2016 is now closed.  Please check back in October 2016 for the 2017 application.

A preliminary review of completed applications will be conducted by our Admission Committee. Competitive applicants will be invited to campus to attend an interview weekend; participation in this event is required for consideration of admission to the graduate program. The interview will consist of meetings with faculty and current PhD students.  In addition, candidates will have an opportunity to tour our medical center, research facilities, and surrounding community. Based on the results of the personal interview, the Admissions Committee will make enrollment decisions within 10 days of applicant visits. At Cedars-Sinai, we solicit and encourage applicants who will strengthen our diversity. Cedars-Sinai does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), marital status, sex, pregnancy, age (40 or older), veteran status, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by federal or state law.

The Cedars-Sinai Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA, 94501, 510-748-9001.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application, including payment of $55 application fee.
  • Statement of Purpose: Three double-spaced pages maximum, detailing his/her reasons for wanting to pursue graduate study in Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine (please email in pdf form to OR you may complete the statement of purpose through your online application. The statement of purpose is carefully considered in the selection process and is very important, please be as concise and specific as you can.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters must be submitted from persons who have supervised the applicant’s research and/or academic work. You may have the recommendation forms and instructions sent automatically to the person writing the letter via the online application.  Alternatively, you may send the form and request a letter personally.  All letters must be accompanied by the recommendation form which can be downloaded here: Recommendation Form . All letters must be sent directly to Graduate Office from the person writing the letter.
  • GRE Scores (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical): Official GRE General Test scores are required. These must be sent directly from ETS to CSMC Graduate office (GRE institution code 5739).
  • Degree: Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) in a biomedical discipline or science-related field.
  • Official Transcripts sent directly to Graduate Office.
  • TOEFL Scores: For students whose first language is not English, official TOEFL scores are required. These must be sent directly from ETS to CSMS Graduate Office (TOEFL institution code 5739). Official MCAT scores are acceptable.

Application Fee Waiver

The Graduate Program will waive the application fee for applicants who are participants or who have participated in one of the programs listed below for at least a year.

The fee waiver is a one-time offer for eligible applicants.

  • Americorps
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minorities Students
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship
  • Careers Opportunity Research/NIMH
  • Currently serving in the U.S. military
  • Institute for Recruitment of Teachers
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
  • Ronald McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
  • Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellows Program
  • Minority Access Research Careers
  • Minority Biomedical Research Support Program
  • National Association of African American Honors Program
  • Peace Corps
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
  • Teach for America
  • Jackie Robinson Foundation

You will be required to submit a letter from the coordinator of the program.  Please email this letter to prior to submitting an online application to the Graduate Program.  For those students who have not participated in any of the above programs and feel they have an economic hardship which prevents them from paying the application fee, please contact the Graduate Program Office for a fee waiver application.

Applications From Candidates With MD or Equivalent Degrees

The program does not have a special MD track, since the goal of educating scientists of such caliber is independent of prior training. However, consideration is given for course-work completed during training of such degrees so that the duration of the graduate training may be shorter in appropriate cases.

Prospective students who hold an MD or equivalent degree from an accredited institution can be admitted to the program. The principles for such admission are that they receive the same core curriculum as the regular track with the exception that advance credits for medical school courses in Biomedical sciences may be given (up to 18 credits) after an evaluation of prior coursework by the curriculum committee and (ii) that they complete their thesis research in the same time period (goal of three years.)

During the first year, three laboratory rotations of two months each are required. Because there could be less required coursework in biomedical sciences, this shortened laboratory rotation time is expected to achieve the same exposure as that achieved by regular students who are engaged in the curriculum of biomedical sciences. When a student knows at the onset, which laboratory and primary mentor they are likely to elect for their thesis research, the two required rotations should be in laboratories other than this one. Should there be uncertainty; an additional rotation will be permitted.

During the first year, students are expected to attend and achieve credits for Biostatistics, Introduction to Research I and II.