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How to Apply

The application for admission consideration in the Fall 2021 has been extended to
December 18th, 2020.

Application Process

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Step-by-Step Instructions for the CCB Admission Application

The Cancer & Cell Biology Graduate Program Admissions Committee will review applications on a rolling basis during the application window. All required materials must be submitted online to the University of Cincinnati Graduate School by January 18th, 2020. We have limited slots available in the program and encourage you to apply early to remain competitive.

After a thorough screening of applications, personal interviews will be arranged for a select group of competitive candidates, typically in January or February. Some interviews will be on campus while others will be conducted electronically. The interview serves as an opportunity for the applicant to meet faculty and graduate students, to see the Program’s research facilities, and for members of the Program to evaluate the prospective student.

While we use grades and test scores as part of our ranking process, we give greatest emphasis to the candidate’s personal statement, research experience, letters of recommendation, and interviews. For select candidates, an “offer of admission” will be made between January and April of the spring prior to the summer admission. The program begins July 1st. New students are only admitted once per year.

Admission Requirements

  • Frequently Asked Questions about UC’s Admission Process.
  • Completed application through University of Cincinnati’s application management system. There is a $65 application fee. There is an additional $5 fee for international applicants. 
  • Baccalaureate degree earned by July 1st.
  • At least one letter of recommendation, ideally from someone who can attest to your research experience, academic accomplishments, potential, and character. Up to three letters will be accepted for review.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Strong background in Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics and Mathematics
  • Overall GPA of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0)
  • Highly motivated toward research
  • Personal Statement about your desire to pursue a graduate degree in Cancer and Cell Biology.
  • A valid GRE General Test score or MCAT score is highly recommended but not required. (Institution Code 1833 for GRE)
  • Highly recommended that you submit the optional Video Essay as part of the application portal.The video poses a prompt to which you have two minutes to formulate a response, then record your response with a webcam. The recording is limited to one minute. The last recording made will be submitted as part of your application. 
  • If you are provided an offer of admission, send your official academic transcripts to the Graduate School. Unofficial scores may be used during the application process. The “Regular US postal mail” address is below. Additional sending options and details can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

    Graduate School
    University of Cincinnati
    110 Van Wormer Hall
    P.O. Box 210627
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

International Requirement

In addition to the requirements above, international students have several testing options to prove English proficiency. Test scores are only valid for two (2) years.*Please note that our program requires higher minimum scores than the general Graduate School requirements and we will not be able to review applications for which official scores have not been received. Click here for exceptions to the English Proficiency Requirement.

Cancer & Cell Biology minimum scores

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)—7
  • PEARSON Test of English (PTE)—68
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Internet-based—100
    • Computer-based—250
    • Paper-based—600-603

How to submit your test scores

  • All test scores received must be official, meaning they have been sent directly to UC from the testing company.

    The Graduate School downloads IELTS scores that have been transmitted to its e-download account. Contact your test center and request that your scores be sent to the following IELTS e-download account:

    Graduate School
    University of Cincinnati
    110 Van Wormer Hall
    P.O. Box 210627
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627


    On the day of your test, provide Institution Code 1833 for your scores to be sent. If you took the test on a previous date, contact ETS directly to have your scores sent to UC’s Graduate School.

Additional Resources

0087waltzsusan3995Program Director
Susan Waltz, PhD



john-cunningham-phdAdmissions and Recruitment Director
Tom Cunningham, PhD


pilar-ramos-richeyProgram Manager
Pilar Ramos-Richey



Contact Us

Department of
Cancer Biology

Vontz Center for Molecular Studies
3125 Eden Avenue
PO Box 670521
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0521

Mail Location: 0521
Phone: 513-558-5323
Fax: 513-558-1190