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Frequently Asked Questions

The PhD program in Biomedical Sciences prepares students with a strong foundation in research design and methodology. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the program.

The PhD Program in Biomedical 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.

Students pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Sciences are offered a $48,000 per annum stipend as well as health benefits/medical coverage. Students pursuing a MS degree do not receive a stipend or benefits.

Students are required to submit official undergraduate (or graduate, if applicable) transcripts, a written personal statement and three recommendation letters describing their laboratory experiences.

You may apply to the program by completing the online application and submitting the $55 application fee or fee-waiver letter.

The PhD Program does not require GRE scores for consideration of admittance into the program. You may submit your GRE scores to strengthen your application. TOEFL scores are required for all applicants whose first language is not English. If you have a higher degree from an U.S. institution, the TOEFL score may be waived.

The PhD program is a full-time program. Most students find the time demands of the program mean they are unable to work during it.

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

Areas of research vary. Please explore the Cedars-Sinai website for more detailed information regarding the research focus of each faculty member.

Yes, the PhD program admits international students.  Please contact the PhD Program Office for additional information.

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

At this time, we do not offer housing for students.

Only students pursuing a PhD degree are offered medical benefits.

The program does not offer child care.

The PhD program maintains eight openings each academic year. We accept only the most qualified candidates; actual acceptances may be fewer than eight.

The PhD degree can be completed in five years. The average time to degree is 4.9 years.

The PhD program began in 2008 and has 61 graduates as of 2024.

Currently, the program's retention rate is 89%.

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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
8687 Melrose Ave.
Suite G-532
West Hollywood, CA 90069