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Application Evaluation Questions

Who evaluates applications?

The Admissions Committee evaluates applications. The Admissions Committee consists of current faculty members appointed in Biological Sciences and current Biological Sciences Ph.D. students.

When does application evaluation start?

Application evaluation starts immediately following submission of an application.

When are applications evaluated?

Applications are evaluated immediately following submission through March.

What factors are applicants evaluated on by the Admissions Committee?

Which factor is the most important in evaluation of an application?

There is not one factor that is most important as application evaluation is holistic.

Is application evaluation holistic?

Yes, application evaluation is holistic.

What GPA is expected of applicants?

The Division of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA) requires a Bachelor's (or other equivalent four year undergraduate degree) GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) for all UCSD graduate program applicants. Some exceptional applicants with lower GPAs may be recommended for admission, though evaluation is holistic, meaning GPA is one of many factors. Additionally, a GPA of 3.0 or higher does not guarantee admission. Competitive applicants to the program average a 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.

Is the GRE required?

No, the GRE is not required nor considered for the program. The GRE stopped being required for the program starting in Fall 2019.

Is the GRE considered if I submit scores?

No, the GRE will not be considered even if you submit scores. The GRE stopped being considered for the program starting in Fall 2020.

Can I write about how COVID-19 has affected my application?

Yes, you can write about how COVID-19 has affected your application in a personal statement section on the application. This is optional and not required.

What documents are required?