International Admissions

Required Materials

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores
  • Application (see below)

To apply to the university, please use the online application system found at the Graduate Admissions Website. December 15th is the final deadline for the program application.

Electronic Application

We require you to complete your admission application online. We no longer accept paper applications.

The application fee is $85 for this program.

Please attach an unofficial transcript, statement of purpose, and any other supplemental application materials as supplemental documents in your online application. Please mail official transcripts to the address at the bottom of the page.

Your statement of purpose for the Graduate School application should explain both why you wish to pursue graduate study in Molecular & Computational Biology and, more specifically, why you wish to do so at USC. We admit a small number of students each year in order to offer them full financial support; we therefore seek to find applicants whose interests best suit our program.

We encourage you to have your letters of recommendation sent to admissions electronically.

NOTE: When listing undergraduate/graduate GPAs (grade point averages) on the application, please use the system of your university. If you received a percentage grade, provide the average percentage. If you were graded on a scale other than 4.0 (with 4.0 equal to an "A"), please indicate the average grade AND indicate the scale (for example, 8.5/10).

When you have submitted the online application, arrange for your transcripts, GRE and TOEFL scores, and three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to us by mail to the address at the bottom of the page.

University Requirements

There are some admission requirements by country of citizenship. Click here to review these requirements.

USC expects students to communicate effectively in English-to read, write, and speak fluently. Click here to review these requirements.

Additional Information

We offer a very personalized approach to graduate recruiting. Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members and/or the graduate student coordinator at any time during their undergraduate education if they identify potential research interest at the University of Southern California. We sometimes develop relationships with potential students a year or more prior to enrollment. We will invite a number of applicants to visit the program, usually in February prior to admissions. We will make all arrangements (purchase plane tickets, provide accommodations, etc.) for any applicant invited by the program. Usually, a complete application is required before visits will be arranged. We will reimburse travel expenses only for applicants who have been officially invited to visit by the Graduate Admissions Committee.

The USC Graduate School requires that the sum of the Verbal and Quantitative scores on the GRE be a minimum of 1000. We do not require a GRE Subject Test. Applicants with undergraduate grade point averages below 3.0 will be considered only under unusual circumstances including evidence of recent improvement or clearly outstanding potential as a researcher.

Contact and Mailing Address

Molecular & Computational Biology
University of Southern California
1050 Child Way, RRI 201 (MCB)
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2910
213.821.4257 (fax)


Mailing Address

Molecular & Computational Biology
University of Southern California
1050 Child Way, RRI 201 (MCB)
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2910
213.821.4257 (fax)

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  • University of Southern California
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  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371