Prospective Students

Prospective studentsThe Institutions

Our program is unique for its multi-institutional approach to graduate training. Our students benefit from the expertise, experience and facilities of more than 100 graduate faculty located at our partner institutions, including Kent State University, Northeast Ohio Medical University and the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. The training opportunities provided by our world-class faculty place our graduates in high demand for research and teaching positions throughout the United States.

The Program Areas

We offer graduate degrees in five focused program areas: Human Evolutionary Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, NeurosciencePharmacology and Physiology. Our students participate in an integrated curriculum designed to provide a firm grounding in discipline, as well as in depth knowledge in specific areas of interest. Our faculty are involved in every area of biomedical research. Along with the combined resources available they provide our students the opportunity for first-rate training in a modern research setting.

Admission and Advisor Selection

Interested students should follow the application procedures given under "Apply Now." Although students must select one of the five program areas (e.g. Neurosciences), choosing an advisor prior to arriving on campus is not required. All incoming students are expected to rotate through laboratories in the first year, before selecting an appropriate advisor.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: Jan. 1 (for domestic applications)
  • Spring and Summer: We do not accept applications for these terms.

Admission Requirements

  • GRE: successful applicants typically provide scores above the 50th percentile. The average is around the 70th percentile.
  • Transcripts. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required. Average of admitted students is around 3.5.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Statement of goals - include relevant research experience, if any and the area(s) of study in which you are most interested.  Please outline your research interests and long term goals and clearly indicate how engaging in one of our five program areas and with the associated faculty in the School of Biomedical Sciences will allow you to achieve your career goals.  Of particular importance are descriptions of previous research experience and the value gained from these activities.
  • A resume is optional but can be helpful to an application.


Our students complete their course work at Kent State University and the Northeast Ohio Medical University, which frequently involves moving the five miles (8 km) between the institutions. Although ride sharing is common, new students must be aware of the travel issue and prepare for it in advance of arriving on campus. Students enrolled in the joint Kent State/Cleveland Clinic program need to find transportation to the Clinic (45 miles, 72 km) for lab rotations in the first summer. Normally, students relocate to the Cleveland area, once they begin their dissertation research at the Clinic. However, participation in the Cleveland Clinic program is difficult without a car.