Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is different and special about this program?
The PhD Program in Biomedical and Translational Sciences focuses on biomedical research and its applications to medicine. Students are offered the opportunity to focus on the translational relevance of their laboratory research.

2. Do all students receive financial assistance?
Students pursuing a PhD in biomedical and translational sciences are offered a $41,000 per annum stipend as well as health benefits/medical coverage. Students pursuing a MS degree do not receive a stipend or benefits.

3. What are the admissions requirements?
Students are required to submit official undergraduate (or graduate, if applicable) transcripts, official GRE scores, a written personal statement and three recommendation letters describing their laboratory experiences.

4. How do I apply to the PhD program?
You may apply to the program by completing the online application and submitting the $55 application fee or fee waiver letter.

5. What is the application fee?
The application is fee is $55.

6. Do you require the GRE and TOEFL scores?  What are there minimum scores for admittance? 
The graduate program does require GRE scores for all applicants and TOEFL scores for those applicants whose first language is not English. 

The minimum GRE scores are above the 50th percentile in all categories (verbal, quantitative, analytical) as the Admissions Committee seeks students with strong academic potential. Prospective applicants with GRE percentiles below the 50th percentile in any category may still apply for admission.

7. Is this a full-time program? Am I able to work while completing the program?
The PhD program is a full-time program.  Most students are unable to work while completing this program due to time commitments.

8. Who is eligible to apply?
Any student who has graduated from an accredited undergraduate institution is eligible to apply. The Admissions Committee does focus on scientific research background in the admissions process.

9. What are the areas of research of the PhD program faculty?
Areas of research vary for the program faculty. Please explore our website for more detailed information regarding research focus for each faculty member.

10. Is housing available for students?
At this time, we do not offer housing for students.

11. How do I contact the PhD program?
You may contact the PhD program by phone at 310-423-8294 or by email at

12. Is the program able to admit international students? Do you offer student visas?
Yes, the PhD program is able to admit international students.  Please contact the PhD Program Office for additional information. 

13. Does the program offer special consideration for MDs?
The PhD program does offer special consideration for licensed MDs. Please contact the PhD Program Office for more information.

14. Does Cedars-Sinai offer medical benefits to students?
Only students pursuing a PhD degree are offered medical benefits.

15. Does the program offer child care?
The program does not offer child care.

16. How many students does the program accept each year?
The PhD program maintains eight openings each academic year. We accept only the most qualified candidates, and the actual acceptances may be less than eight.

17. How long is the PhD program? How soon will I be able to graduate?
The PhD degree can be completed in five years. The average time to degree is 4.9 years.

18. How many graduates has the program had?
The PhD program began in 2008 and has had 28 graduates as of June 2017.

19. What is the program's retention rate?
Currently, the program's retention rate is 89 percent.