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Application Guidelines

Please use the on-line application to apply to any of the Biomedical Doctoral Programs. We do not accept paper applications.

Deadline:
Our on-line application for fall 2014 admission is now available. We ask that we receive your completed application no later than December 15, 2013.  Although we may evaluate any application received after this date, it is to your advantage to submit your application by the deadline, even if it is not complete at that time. We do not offer spring term admission.

Program Selection:
Our programs are designed to provide maximum flexibility in selecting a mentor and research area. If you are undecided as to which program best serves your needs, you are encouraged to contact the individual Program Directors.

Multiple Applications:
Columbia University will only accept applications to one PhD Program for any given term, regardless of the location of that program. For example, students cannot apply to both the PhD Program in Biological Sciences and one of the PhD Programs in Biomedical Sciences even though they are on two different campuses. Applicants to the PhD Programs in Biomedical Sciences will have the option of identifying a second program which will only be considered if the first program declines the admissions review.

Application Fee:
The $105 application fee can be paid by credit card at the time of application or subsequently via check (payable to Columbia University). Please do not send international postal coupons.

Refund Policy:
Once submitted, your application fee is not refundable. The only exception
to this policy is when duplicate payment is submitted for the same application for the same admissions cycle.

If you have questions about this policy or believe you are eligible for a refund, please contact us at the number below.

Supporting Documents:
To expedite review, copies of transcripts should be uploaded as part of the on-line application.  The application will also contain instructions for the electronic submission of letters of recommendation.  Official copies of transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Affairs, 630 West 168th St., Box 108, P&S 3-435, New York, NY 10032. All supporting documentation should be received no later than January 6, 2014.

Test Scores:
To direct GRE and/or TOEFL scores to us, specify Institution Code 2619 on your Education Testing Service (ETS) forms.  No department code is necessary for GRE reporting. For TOEFL reports, please use department code 45.

Other Programs:
Biomedical Informatics is the only program that, in addition to a Ph.D. program, also offers a terminal Master’s program.  This program is not part of the Coordinated Doctoral Program.  However, the on-line application should also be used to apply to this Master’s Program.

To apply for admission to the M.D./Ph.D. program, do not use the on-line PhD application form.  Please apply through the College of Physicians & Surgeons web-site here.

Applications and information for the Department of Biological Sciences and all other doctoral programs of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences that are not at located at the College of Physicians & Surgeons should be obtained from 107 Low Library, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 (phone, 212-854-4737; fax, 212-854-2863; http://www.columbia.edu/cu/gsas).

Additional Information:
Contact information for Program Directors can be found on the "Contact" tab of this website.  For assistance from the Office of Graduate Affairs, contact us by phone (212-305-8058), fax (212-305-1031), or e-mail (BiomedicalSciences@columbia.edu)


 
 
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