MCB Application Information
Only students who intend to pursue a Ph.D. degree full-time are accepted into the program. Admission into the MCB program is based on appraisal of each applicant's prior academic record, letters of recommendation, involvement in research or other activities which indicate a strong commitment to graduate study.
- Applicants should submit:
- a) A personal statement (1 - 2 pages) that should describe your motivation for pursuing a Ph.D., how your past research experience prepared you for graduate school and how your research interests align with the MCB program, including MCB labs of interest to you and why.
- b) Prior research experience (250 words or less) should include description of scientific hypotheses, experimental challenges, findings and interpretations.
It is typical that entering graduate students will have had at least one year each of physics, and mathematics (calculus) and two years of biology and chemistry (general and organic) although relevant material will be covered in the MCB core course during the first year of graduate study.
It is the long-standing policy of Dartmouth College to actively support equality of opportunity for all persons regardless of race or ethnic background, and no student will be denied admission or be otherwise discriminated against because of race, color, gender, religion, age, national or ethnic origin.
The MCB program receives more than 500 applications each year and enrolls between 30 and 35 students each August.
We do not release information about our current students such as GPA or research interests (average or actual).
The MCB academic year is arranged by terms - Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer - and requires attendance on campus for all four terms.
The link to our online application program is listed in the "Deadlines and Required Materials" section of this site.