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About the Program


The Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Program is designed to prepare students for careers in research and teaching in academic and industrial settings by providing a solid background in physical and biomedical sciences while involving them in state-of-the art research projects.

Ph.D. Degree

Most students entering graduate school through the BSCB Program pursue a Ph.D. in Biophysics.

Who Should Apply

The program encompasses students with significant training in disciplines including Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Biomedical Engineering. The program of instruction is designed to readily accommodate students with backgrounds in physical sciences but little previous exposure to biology.

Program Size

The program currently encompasses approximately 30 students of diverse nationalities and backgrounds. 5-6 new students matriculate each year. 26 faculty members contribute to the activities of the program.

Instructional Program

Students spend their first two semesters pursuing courses in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics while they perform research rotations in three different laboratories. Selection of a research advisor generally takes place at the end of the first year. In subsequent years, students serve as teaching assistants and take additional courses, while devoting most of their efforts to completing thesis research.

Other Educational Opportunities

Students typically participate in several seminar programs, journal clubs, and specialized research interest groups. They are also encouraged to attend and present their research findings at local and national scientific meetings.

Admissions Procedures

Admission to the program is on a competitive basis. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a mandatory requirement. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a mandatory requirement of applicants whose primary language is not English, the Test of Spoken English (TSE) is highly recommended. Decisions are made by an Admissions Committee after review of applications and personal or phone interview.

Financial Support

All students admitted receive: full tuition scholarship, paid health insurance, and an annual stipend ($28,987 per year for 12 month programs/$24,156 per year for 10 month programs for the 2018-2019 academic year).

Important Dates

Completed applications must be received by January 1 for consideration for Fall semester admission (new students are only admitted for Fall semester).