General Information

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.

Recommended Test Scores and GPAs

To be in competitive range, we recommend the following:

  • TOEFL (for International applicants): Paper exam 550>, Internet exam 100> or IELTS: 7.0 or above (in place of TOEFL)
  • GPA: 3.0 or above.
  • Program code: TOEFL: MCB code is 74

Minority Applicants

The MCB Program is enriched and strengthened by students and faculty from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Prospective MCB students attending SACNAS, ABRCMS, and other minority-focused and scientific conferences are encouraged to stop by the Dartmouth booths to meet and find out more about us.

MCB plans to recruit and support a culture of diversity and inclusivity can be found here.  Applicants are welcome to directly contact Erik Griffin, Chair of the MCB Program ( or visit the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies ( website's Diversity section for more information or with questions regarding opportunities at Dartmouth. Dartmouth is a long-standing member of the Leadership Alliance and we are proud to continue providing educational opportunities that welcome and are enhanced by diversity.

Interview Weekends

The Admissions Committee will review each application and then contact those applicants to be interviewed.  Our in-person interview weekends are January 26-29 and February 2-5, 2023. Applicants residing outside of the US may be contacted in January or February for virtual interviews.

Financial Information

All MCB students receive a stipend of $35,196.00 ($35,696.00 for students who have passed their qualifying exams), a Dartmouth Fellowship that provides a full tuition scholarship, and a prepaid health insurance plan. Stipends for future years will be adjusted for inflation and are contingent upon satisfactory performance in studies.

We do not require certification of your financial situation. If admitted to the program you must bring sufficient funds to come to the U.S. and then support yourself for one month.  Expenses such as two months of rent, parking decals if you have a vehicle, College fees, etc.  Your first stipend check will arrive on September 1.

Visa Information

Students are strongly encouraged to contact either the MCB Program or the Office for Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS) at Dartmouth for advice.

International students can find assistance in obtaining proper documentation through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

A very helpful site, with information on applying to graduate schools as well as traveling to the U.S., is EducationUSA. There, you will also find locations of the EducationUSA advising centers near you.

Up-to-date information can also be found at the following locations:

U.S. Visa information

U.S. State Department Travel information