Application Process

A complete application must include:

  • Application Form.
  • Personal Statement describing your research experience and goals.
  • Letters of recommendation from three professors or scientists familiar with your record and ability.
  • Transcripts of all previous academic work at the college level.
  • GRE score are strongly encouraged but not required
    • Note: For GRE score reporting: Wesleyan University’s Institution code is 3959.  Our Department codes are Cell/Molecular Biology: 0206, Biochemistry: 0202 and Genetics: 0210.
  • TOEFL scores are also required if you are an international prospective student. The Institution code is 3959

All materials are uploaded along with the application. We will accept copies of transcripts and test scores for the application process; if you are offered admission official versions are required for matriculation. 



Applications are open between September 1 and April 1. Applications received by January 15 are given full consideration. 

Between January and April, MB&B faculty review applications and make admission decisions for the Autumn semester. 

Financial Assistance

Normally, all graduate students hold Teaching Assistantships, and all PhD candidates will be considered for these positions. The duties of Teaching Assistants require approximately ten hours per week. Advanced students are typically supported on research grants. Allowances for dependents are also available when applicable.


Please contact our administrative assistant, Mary Readinger with any questions about the application process.