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Ph.D. Program
Prospective Students

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No GREs required for the Biological Sciences PhD program.
Application Deadline is December 9, 2021.
English Proficiency Requirement rules may require submission of TOEFL or IELTS examination scores. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences requires a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test, 100 on the internet-based test, 7.5 for the IELTS, or 120 on the Duolingo English Test.
Pass/Fail grades and other Covid-19 adjustments will not disadvantage an applicant.
Holistic evaluation centers on judgment of aptitude for, and commitment to research, together with academic, social and character considerations; solicited letters of support should be chosen accordingly.
Tuition, fees and a generous stipend are paid for all graduate students accepted to the program.
You may complete the “Apply for the GSAS Provost Diversity Fellowship”, which can provide additional funds, at the time of application or after selection for an open house invitation.
Application fee waiver requests for financial hardship, extenuating circumstances or military service, accessed at the end of the application, will not delay consideration.

Further information about the online application can be found on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) website.

Please explore the Biological Sciences PhD Program.

For questions about the Biological Sciences PhD program please consult the Biological Sciences FAQ webpage and direct remaining questions to [email protected].

For questions about general GSAS application procedures please consult the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Admissions Office Admissions FAQ webpage, and direct unanswered questions to the admissions office via email at [email protected] with "Question Not Answered on Website or Change Application Information" in the subject line. In the text of the email, you must include your name, date of birth and the department to which you are applying, "Biological Sciences".

Admissions Timeline

Early December 2020 Evaluation of completed applications begins.
December 30 2020 Deadline for Applications: all completed applications will be considered fully.
Early to mid-January 2021 First invitations to a virtual open house will be issued.
January 25 2021 First virtual open house is centered on this Monday.
February 2021 Invitations will be issued for the second open house.
February 26 2021 First virtual open house is centered on this Friday.
February 2021 onwards Offers for admission will begin to be sent.
April 15 2021 Deadline (agreed by all U.S. PhD programs) for responding to offers of admission.

Business Office

Department of Biological Sciences
500 Fairchild Center
Mail Code 2401
Columbia University
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New York, NY 10027

Academic Office

Department of Biological Sciences
600 Fairchild Center
Mail Code 2402
Columbia University
1212 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
[email protected]
212 854-4581