Admissions and How to Apply
How to Apply
Applicants for admission to BMCDB must meet the University of California minimum
GPA requirement for admission (3.0 overall). Other requirements for admission include:
- A Bachelor's degree: An undergraduate major in biology or chemistry is typical for
BMCDB graduate students, but is not required.
- Graduate Record Examination (General Test)
- English proficiency examination for international applicants who have not studied
at an English speaking University: TOEFL or other University approved examination.
International applicants must meet the Office of Graduate Studies minimum TOEFL
score requirement (or equivalent for other University-approved examination).
- Prerequisites include calculus; statistics; physics; general chemistry; organic chemistry; biology; biochemistry; genetics.
- Three letters of recommendation.
Applications are accepted for fall quarter admission only, and should be made as
early as possible. The application deadline has been extended to January 7. For full consideration please ensure that we receive application materials before the deadline.
- The application opens mid-to-late-September. Please use the following link to access the Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology application:
- The application fee is $80 for the domestic application and $100 for the international. The fee may be paid by credit card or e-check. The fee must be paid before the application will be considered as complete, and the fee must be paid for each application submitted.
- It is against program policy to admit students that cannot be supported; therefore it is unlikely the program will offer admission to more than 1 or 2 international applicants. Please consider these facts carefully before you commit to the application process.
- Letters of Recommendation must be submitted electronically through the online application.
Do not have recommenders send letters in hard copy as they will not be reviewed.
- Submit only one transcript for each university or college you have attended. That
transcript will be made available to faculty in each graduate program to which the
applicant has applied, as well as for the review of the fellowship application.
- Have your transcripts sent directly to the graduate program you have selected to
apply to; in the case of multiple applications, applicants should send only one
transcript to their first choice of graduate programs or to the first completed
graduate program application.
- Please use these codes for reporting electronic scores from the Graduate Record
Examination General Test. Institution Code: 4834 and Department code: 0206.
- TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international students. Institution code:
4834 and Department code: 74.
The graduate group cannot review an application until all of the above components
are received. Please send all transcripts to:
CBS Dean's Office
BMCDB, 306 Life Sciences
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Inquiries concerning application procedures or any other aspects of the program should be directed to: