Deadlines & Required Materials

Application Timeline

December 1st - Application Deadline for all applications

  • All supporting documentation (transcripts, letters of recommendation, TOEFL for Intl students) are due December 1.
  • November 1st - Start of application review for U.S.-based applicants begins on a rolling basis. The review process will last through February.
  • January/February - Our 2023 in-person interview weekend dates are January 26-29 and February 2-5. Virtual interviews for individuals residing outside of the US are scheduled for February 8-10.
  • Late February/early March - Applicants are typically notified of their admissions status

Required Materials

The online application includes downloadable forms for letters of recommendation for those who cannot submit letters of recommendation online.  Online Application Link here -   The links are not highlighted but are functioning.  Drag your cursor over Log in or Create an account to see the link underlined.

  • Personal Statement (required). In 1 to 2 pages, please describe:        
    • How has your past research experience prepared you for graduate school
    • How your interests align with research in the MCB program, including MCB labs in which you are interested, and why
    • If appropriate, list experiences that may have adversely affected your academic history.
  • Curriculum Vitae (required)
  • Description of laboratory research experience (required, 250 words or less) This should include descriptions of scientific hypotheses, experimental challenges, findings, and interpretations.
  • Diversity Statement (encouraged, 1,000 words or less). The Guarini School is committed to a climate that acknowledges and embraces diversity, supporting a culture that fosters inclusion, and actively pursues equity. Our commitment is driven by a firm belief that welcoming differences of opinion, experience, identity and perspectives is essential to building a stronger community. We encourage you to share how your perspectives on these factors, and your unique experiences within them, will contribute to the diversity of your cohort at Guarini.
  • Three letters of recommendation. We encourage applicants to provide at least one recommendation letter from a mentor or supervisor who has known the applicant in a research capacity.  Letters of recommendation must be submitted through the application.  We will not accept letter submitted via Interfolio.
  • Official College transcripts (undergraduate and graduate, if applicable). Scans of official transcripts will be accepted. Upload scans to application program.
  • We do not require GRE standard or subject scores.  Feel free to provide if you wish.
  • Official TOEFL (for International students) exam scores from ETS. We also accept official IELTS exam scores in place of TOEFL exams. We require either of these exams for applicants for whom English is not their native language and who have not received a degree from an English-speaking undergraduate institution.
  • There is no application fee for the MCB Program.
  • Support materials not uploaded to the application website must be received by the application deadline to be considered. Use the mailing address below for ALL support materials sent by postal mail.

Mailing Address & Contact Information

Email us any questions regarding your application, program requirements, etc.

If mailing application materials, send to:


Guarini School for Graduate and Advanced Studies

Anonymous Hall, Room 102

64 College Street, Suite 6062

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH 03755-3563