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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.

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.

The current (2017-2018) yearly stipend is $28.987. In addition, single health plan coverage and travel to scientific meetings are provided to all students.

A Safe, Welcoming and Supportive Environment for Graduate Study

We encourage students to investigate the academic and social climate in which they will be working. We recognize that recent allegations and an independent investigation may have raised questions about choosing the University of Rochester for your graduate studies. The University is deeply committed to providing a safe, inclusive and supportive learning environment for graduate students. We are taking steps to further strengthen that commitment.

  • The CARE network—our nationally recognized program for expressing concern about any person, incident or issue in the University community and getting support to address it—serves all graduate and post-baccalaureate students as well as University undergraduates.
  • Our Ombudsperson Program for graduate students and postdoctoral appointees adds a layer of confidential and independent support for discussing any concern and also for reporting inappropriate behavior.
  • The Office for Inclusion and Culture Development promotes diversity and is tasked with ensuring that policies and practices to support learners are clear, consistent, and communicated effectively across all medical center education programs.

Our goal is to provide a first-class research and training environment in which faculty, learners and staff are united by mutual respect and the love of science. You’ll see this in Dean Mark Taubman’s response to the independent investigator’s report and the welcome message from Richard Feldman, interim president designate for the University. Find more resources and information on this website or talk to your program representative if you have questions.