Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is different and special about this program?
The Graduate Program in Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine focuses on biomedical research and its applications to medicine. Students are offered a clinical focus to their research studies and require completion of clinical rotations in combination with their coursework.

2. Do all students receive financial assistance?
Students pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine 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 Graduate 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 Graduate PhD Program is a full-time program.  Most students are unable to work while completing this program due to time commitments.

Students pursuing a MS degree are able to work while completing the program.

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 Graduate Program faculty?
The 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 Graduate Program?
You may contact the Graduate 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?
At this time, the Graduate Program is unable to issue student visas and cannot admit international students.

13. Does the program offer special consideration for MDs?
The Graduate Program does offer special consideration for licensed MDs. Please contact the Graduate 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 Graduate 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? How long is the MS degree program?
The PhD degree can be completed in five years. The average time to degree is 4.8 years.

The MS degree program is a 2 year lock-step program. All students should finish within a two-year period.

18. How many graduates has the program had?
The Graduate Program began in 2008 and has had 18 graduates.

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