Preparing Your Application
Below you will find some tips and tools to help with the application process. Please make sure to read the application procedures for each individual program to which you are interested in applying.
Contact Programs You May Be Interested In
If you have a strong interest in one of our graduate programs, we recommend you contact the program up to one year in advance to discuss the application process. Programs can help provide insight about what makes a strong applicant to their program and the opportunities for research that exist within their programs.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of Recommendation are a key component of your application. It is important to thoughtfully consider who will be your recommenders. We recommend that at least one of your recommenders can speak to your ability to have a research career. If you worked in a lab with a PI as well as other staff we would highly recommend having a letter from your PI. You are welcome to submit additional letters from lab managers, graduate students, or post-doctoral fellows.
Each graduate program may have additional requirements for who your recommenders are and the number of recommendations that you are able to submit.
Statement of Purpose
Your statement of purpose is your opportunity to share with the admissions committee why you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in your area of interest. We recommend highlighting your past research experience and any awards, as well as your future goals. This statement also gives you the opportunity to highlight how the program you are applying to can help you to achieve your goals and why you are interested in attending the University of Cincinnati.