Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Program Degree Major Code Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral PhD BBSP Fall* November 30, 2021
Doctoral – Priority Deadline PhD BBSP Fall* November 30, 2021
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 14, 2021
(Recommended) – PLEASE NOTE, ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY  November 30, 2021 IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR FALL 2022 ADMISSION
Director of Graduate Admissions/Graduate Coordinator Jeffrey Steinbach (bbsp@unc.edu)
Address BBSP Admissions
CB# 7108, 1125 Bioinformatics Building
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Website http://bbsp.unc.edu
Phone 919-843-6960
Test Requirements
GRE scores are neither required nor typically recommended
Letters of Recommendation Please submit the names of three people who can evaluate your potential for success in a research-intensive PhD program.  Letters from faculty members that supervised your work in a research setting are strongly preferred. The most useful letters comment not only on the prior research project but also share specific examples demonstrating inherent qualities of the applicant that predict future scientific development.
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Other Requirements

In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

Application Deadline:

BBSP begins application review in November therefore we strongly encourage applicants to complete & submit the application by our priority deadline.

Plans for Graduate Study Page:

Area(s) of Interest: Please select at least five research topics of interest to you (via the Areas of Interest/Specialization drop-down box within your application).  Please rank your interests listing your top interest first. Note these are NOT the BBSP programs, but research areas of BBSP faculty.  Read more about the BBSP research areas here: https://bbsp.unc.edu/research-and-faculty/research-areas/

Statement of Purpose Page:

Address the following in your personal statement.  Upload one document with three separate sections with each section clearly labeled. While there is no specific length requirement or restriction for each section, most complete statements are 2-3 pages single spaced.

1. RESEARCH STATEMENT (REQUIRED). Describe your previous research experience(s).  Explain your motivation to pursue this research, the scientific rationale for the project(s), and your role in the project(s). Summarize outcomes, challenges, and objectives. (Statements of Purpose lacking an informative description of your research experience are considered non-responsive to the instructions.)

2. MOTIVATION AND GOALS STATEMENT (REQUIRED). Describe your motivation for seeking a PhD in the biomedical sciences, and what general type of research you hope to pursue in graduate school. Explain your motivation for applying to BBSP and how a UNC PhD will be a necessary step towards your career goals.

3. ADDITIONAL. Provide any additional information about yourself that you feel the admissions committee should know for context. Examples include unusual academic or personal situations, information about academic institution(s), previous challenges, etc.

Faculty of Interest:
REQUIRED FOR BBSP APPLICANTS: Please list in the online application at least one and up to five faculty from the following list (http://bbsp.unc.edu/research/faculty-database/) using the format described below:

  • List the faculty in order of interest.
  • Please make sure to include the first AND last name of each faculty and double check that you have the correct spelling.
*Only in unusual circumstances and after consultation with the director of graduate studies is admission for other semesters considered