The Cedars-Sinai doctoral program has applicants from a wide variety of undergraduate institutions and values a diverse student population. The program encourages students from all ethnic backgrounds to apply. Our current ethnicity statistics for PhD applicants are shown below:
For the 2016 academic year, the PhD Program received 45 applications and interviewed 24 of the applicants. Ten students were admitted into the PhD program and will start in September 2016. The average GRE scores for the accepted students follow: verbal 71, quantitative 70, analytical 68 (shown in percentile rankings).
The average time to degree is 5 years, and the current retention rate is 89 percent. Students are closely mentored to ensure individual attention in the classroom as well as in each student's individual research laboratory.
The Graduate PhD Program in Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine started its first class in the fall of 2008 and has produced 26 graduates thus far. The graduation rates are indicated in the above table.
Our graduates have gone on to work as postdoctoral researchers and research associates, and some have successfully entered medical school. Employers include Shiley Eye Center of University of California, San Diego, Pathway Genomics (San Diego), Weizman Institute (Rehovot, Israel), Capricor Therapeutics (Los Angeles), University of California, San Francisco, UCLA and University of Puerto Rico. Sixty-four percent receive postdoctoral fellowships, and the current placement rate is 100 percent; for detailed employer information, please contact the Graduate Program Office.