Application Information

A preliminary review of completed applications will be conducted by our PhD 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 PhD 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 PhD 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.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the admissions process, please contact us at and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

The Cedars-Sinai Graduate Programs in Biomedical and Translational Sciences  is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 985 Atlantic Ave., No. 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; these letters must sent on letterhead and must be sent directly to the graduate program 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 the Cedars-Sinai graduate program office (GRE institution code 5739).
  • Degree: bachelor's degree (BA or BS) in a biomedical discipline or science-related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Official transcripts sent directly to the graduate program office.
  • TOEFL scores: For students whose first language is not English, official TOEFL scores are required. These must be sent directly from ETS to the graduate program office (TOEFL institution code 5739). Official MCAT scores are acceptable.

Application Fee Waiver

The PhD 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. This list is not all-inclusive — if you do not see the program you have participated in and would like to be considered for a fee waiver, please contact the graduate program office.

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 Degrees

Prospective students who hold an MD degree from an accredited institution can be admitted to the program. 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 after an evaluation of prior coursework.

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 outset which laboratory and primary mentor they are likely to elect for their dissertation 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 and Methods in Molecular Biology.