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Apply for Fall 2023

Application Opened September 7th, 2022

Application Closes November 30th, 2022

Interviews: January 9th - 13th, 2023 (Virtual)

Recruitment: March 2nd and 3rd, 2023 (In-Person)

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Admission to UC San Diego's Biological Sciences (BioSci) Ph.D. Program is highly competitive, with, on average, only 35-40 students joining this world-class research training program each Fall.

Competitive applicants must demonstrate excellent undergraduate training in the biological sciences and a strong commitment to research.


Students with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. See more about the Division's commitment to diversity.

Approximately 30% of the program's incoming class consists of international students. Qualified international applicants are encouraged to apply.

Fully Funded

Full financial support is provided to all students in the program.

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The Admissions Committee evaluates applications holistically, based on many factors.

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Program Overview (General)

Including Academic Requirements

BioSci Ph.D. Program Overview (General)

Program Overview (EBE)

Including Academic Requirements

BioSci Ph.D. Program Overview (EBE)

Programs Comparison

Compare Biological Sciences (BioSci), Biomedical Sciences (BMS) and Neurosciences (NGP) Ph.D. Programs

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please consult FAQs before contacting Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


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