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Admissions Procedures

All applications to University of Rochester Ph.D. programs are submitted online, via a centralized admissions process. It is not necessary for you to contact individual faculty, although faculty are available to answer any questions that you may have.

Graduate study at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry means engaging in research and training that informs and shapes the world around us. We invite you to explore our numerous graduate degree programs, our facilities and resources, our people, and our community. We welcome your application to our school. For more details about admissions, visit the school's Admissions Page.

The main criteria that we use to judge our applicants are:

  • Research aptitude, experience, and potential.
  • Academic performance: Grade point averages range between 3 and 4.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Interpersonal skills (including interview skills).
  • GRE scores are usually in the top third.

Stipends for Ph.D. Students

  • All of our students receive full tuition scholarships plus a stipend throughout their studies from a combination of university and NIH grant funds, with a training grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (ES-07026) accounting for a major part of the support.
  • Doctoral students are typically provided a fellowship award which includes an annual stipend, a full tuition scholarship and single coverage health insurance while they are enrolled and making satisfactory progress toward the Ph.D. degree.
  • The 12 month stipend is $28,987 in academic year 2018-2019 (July 1 - June 30). Stipend amounts are reviewed annually and generally increased from $500 to $1,000. In addition, single health plan coverage and travel to scientific meetings are provided to all students.
  • Doctoral students who meet the criteria of other sources of assistance may apply for additional aid through the Financial Aid Office.