Ideal BCB candidates should have an undergraduate degree in a biological, physical, mathematical or computational science.
How to Apply for the PhD Program
To apply for the PhD program, go to the BBSP website. This is a joint recruitment and admissions mechanism that encompasses all biological and biomedical graduate programs at UNC, including BCB.BBSP ADMISSIONS
What you will need to submit to the BBSP
- Statement of purpose
- Three letters of recommendation
- Unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
- TOEFL scores for foreign applicants from the last five years
On-campus interview weekend
Promising candidates will be invited for an on-campus interview and recruitment weekend as part of the BBSP program. This event allows applicants to interact with current BCB students, learn more about faculty research opportunities, and visit Chapel Hill. This will involve one-on-one faculty interviews, talks/posters given by current students, and social events where both students and faculty have an opportunity to interact informally with all the prospective students.
Application and Notification Deadlines
Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2019. See UNC BBSP website for any important deadlines.
Applicants will be notified in early Spring as to whether their application has been accepted or rejected. Those that are offered admission will have until April 15 to accept or decline.
How to Apply for the Certificate Program
BCB also offers a certificate in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology to PhD students in affiliated departments. Students interested in obtaining the graduate certificate can apply at any point prior to their fourth academic semester.
Students interested in applying to the certificate program, should submit the following to the Program Administrator:
- Statement of Purpose indicating interest in the program
- Letter of support from UNC Faculty mentor explaining how participation in BCB will benefit the student
- Copy of UNC Graduate School application (obtained from home program student services manager)
Applications will be reviewed in October and April. Funding for certificate students is limited and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Affiliated PhD Program Requirement
To participate in the certificate program, applicants must first be accepted into one of the many PhD programs affiliated with BCB:
- Biochemistry and Biophsyics
- Biomedical Engineering
- Cell and Developmental Biology
- Cell and Molecular Physiology
- Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology
- Microbiology and Immunology
- Curriculum in Neurobiology
- Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
- Curriculum in Toxicology
- Computer Science
- Physics and Astronomy
- Statistics and Operations Research
All first-year students receive full financial support from BBSP which includes a competitive stipend, health insurance, tuition, and fees. After the first year, students are supported by funds from their thesis advisors.