Important announcement

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2015 academic year.

Interviews are complete and decisions will be finalized by Friday, February 27th.

In an effort to reduce the use of paper and conserve natural resources, all communication regarding your admission is via email.  We do not mail decision letters. Decision letters will be sent to the email address you provide on your application. Please check your junk/spam folder on a regular basis. If you have not received an email by February 27th, please contact the PMCB Coordinator. Her contact information is listed below.

We will begin accepting applications for the 2016 academic year in September.


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Advice for the submitting the Best Application

Please direct all questions to

If you would like to speak to the PMCB Coordinator, Crystal Paredes, call: 503-494-3467





Diversity, a defining feature of our university, refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geographic region, and more. Without diversity we cannot achieve excellence in our academic mission. PMCB is able to provide appropriate  accommodations during the application and interview process if requested. Please contact  the Program Coordinator for more information.

Graduate Student Financial Support

Graduate Students enrolled full time and in good academic standing receive a monthly stipend, health insurance, access to the March Wellness Center and tuition & fees are paid. The 2015 annual stipend range currently is $27,000-$28,500.

Applications & Requirements

Application Instructions and On-Line Application

Instructions and application are available on the Office of Graduate Studies under Admissions. You will complete the PMCB Molecular & Cellular Biosciences Application.

International applicants may be asked to provide World Education Services (WES) International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) credential evaluations for all foreign colleges attended. Please consult with the  WES's website for instructions and fees at You are responsible for the full cost of this service. International applicants from ALL countries of origin will need to complete this service. If you have already completed a similar credential evaluation through WES or another company, the Graduate Studies Office may evaluate on a case-by-case basis whether a WES ICAP will be needed.

Suggested Undergraduate Courses

  • General Biology,
  • General Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Genetics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Calculus I. 

Application Checklist

A complete application consists of:

  • On-Line application.
  • Official  transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • GRE scores (general test) no more than 5 years old.
  • TOEFL scores (for international students whose native language is not English) no more than 2 years old.
  • GRE & TOEFL: Program codes are 4865 (Oregon Hlth Sci U Sch Medicine),  no department code or specialty tests required.  It is the applicant's responsibility to insure proper coding for these tests. Improper coding will cause delays and may cause difficulties with application review. GRE requirement is waived for students with advanced degrees. TOEFL requirement is waived for international applicants who have received a degree from an institution within the United States.
  • Letters of reference a minimum of three required from individuals who can address the applicant's potential for research and graduate studies play an important role in the admission process. Request recommendations from persons who have a thorough knowledge of your background and qualifications.
  • Complete all essay questions on the application. Remember, if you need time to organize your answers, you can log out of the application and proceed at a later date.
  • Do NOT provide a Personal Statement. Essay responses should be specific to the questions being asked and should be limited to 2000 characters or 150 words.
  • Applications will only be reviewed when all required materials have been received. In reviewing candidates, the admissions committee evaluates a number of factors including academic record, research experience, and GRE scores.
  • Selected applicants will be invited to OHSU for interviews February 8-11, 2015.
  • The invitation only interviews involve meeting with faculty and current graduate students while providing an opportunity to learn about the program, the OHSU campus, and Portland.

Application Instructions

  • Visit the School of Medicine Graduate Studies Admissions Page
  • Choose Admissions Process from the left hand navigational box
  • Click on the ON-LINE APPLICATION link
  • Select: First Time User Account
  • Create a New User Account. Make note of your log-in ID and your pin. This will allow you to check the status of your application as well received documents
  • Select PMCB Molecular & Cellular Biosciences from the Application Type drop-down list
  • Choose Fall 15 for the Term
  • Choose PhD Program in Molecular & Cellular Biosciences from the Planned Course of Study drop-down list
  • Choose (1) ONE of the 7 Majors you intend to study and enter it into the text box
  • List any of the suggested undergraduate courses you have completed into the text box
  • Continue to complete additional application fields
  • When answering essay questions, be specific in your responses. Do NOT insert what appears to be a Personal Statement
  • Once you believe the application is complete, you must click on the Application is Complete tab in order to be directed to the credit card payment screen

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation, minimum. Letters of recommendation are to be submitted via OHSU's online Letter of Recommendation Form.  Applicants must contact their evaluators and refer them to  This link is not automatically sent to evaluators after filling out an application and must be sent separately.  Applicants waive all right to review letters by using this system.