Biomedical Sciences Training Program (BSTP)


Students usually apply in the fall or winter and begin their studies the following summer. The application deadline is January 15th. Priority will be given to applications received by December 1.  Applications will be considered by the Admissions Committee as soon as they are complete. In general a year of biology, organic chemistry and mathematics through calculus are required, and biochemistry and molecular biology are strongly recommended. We also seek students with strong backgrounds in physics or math who may be interested in our Structural Biology track or Systems Biology and Bioinformatics programs. Depending on preparation, we may suggest additional biology coursework once graduate training begins. This background prepares most students for success in our programs. 

Prerequisites for admission into the Biochemistry PhD Program include one year each of chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus, biology and physics. Applicants must also have a BA, BS or equivalent undergraduate degree. Students must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination and may submit scores from an advanced area test, usually in biology, biochemistry or chemistry. Some students with otherwise excellent qualifications, but lacking some of the prerequisites may be conditionally admitted allowed to make up the deficiencies. Please visit the BSTP's webpage for details about the application process.

Research Experience and Recommendations

Experience performing original research is essential. This might include an undergraduate honors thesis, summer research internships, or a technical position after graduation. Letters of recommendation from research mentors that describe creativity, handwork, and promise in science are very important.


The GRE general test is no longer required for admission through the BSTP. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for international students unless they are from an English-speaking country or have a degree from a university where the instruction is primarily in English. Students may be eligible to apply for the transfer of some graduate credit from their previous institution.  Please go here for more information.  Transfer credit must be requested prior to beginning coursework at CWRU.