Important announcement

Applications for the 2015 Academic Year will be open on September 1st.

The application deadline is December 1, 2014. All required documents must be received by this date. This is a hard deadline.  Incomplete applications are not guaranteed review. Required documents include the online application, transcripts, LOR's and exam scores.

Invitation Only Interviews will be Feb. 8-11, 2015


Click HERE for answers to Commonly Asked Questions.

Advice for the submitting the Best Application

Please direct all questions to pmcb@ohsu.edu





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 www.wes.org. 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.
  • 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 https://www.ohsu.edu/som/gradstudies/reference/.  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.