Prospective Student FAQs

Q: When does the application open? 

A: The application for the MCB Graduate Program will open in September 2024


Q: Are you accepting applications for Fall 2024/Spring 2025?

A: No, we will only be accepting applications for Fall 2025.


Q: Can I apply with a Bachelor's degree?

A: Yes. 


Q: Can you waive my application fee?

A: You may request an application fee waiver through the online application system. Find more information here


Q: Can I waive my TOEFL/IELTS? What score do I need to be eligible for acceptance?

A: Please refer to the Brown Graduate School's page on Language Requirements. MCBGP has no additional language requirements.


Q: Can I use an unofficial transcript to apply?

A: Yes, but you must provide an official transcript by the time of matriculation. See more information on the Brown Graduate School's website.


Q: What score do I need on the GRE? Does the program require a GRE score?

A: The MCBGP does not require the GRE for admission and does not consider GRE scores in evaluating applications.


Q: What are the GPA requirements for admission to the MCBGP?

A: There are no strict GPA requirements for admission. We take a holistic approach to the admissions process and consider many factors. 


Q: Do I need to have identified/contacted a thesis advisor in order to be eligible for admission?

A: No, but we encourage you to familiarize yourself with our faculty trainers, and you are welcome to contact potential thesis advisors. We suggest that you identify 2-3 faculty trainers whose work interests you in your application.


Q: I am an international student. How can I get information specific to my situation?

A: Please refer to the Brown Graduate School's page for International applicants


Q: Will I get a fellowship/assistantship/traineeship as part of my acceptance? What are my chances of receiving funding as part of my acceptance?

A: The MCBGP ensures that all of our students receive financial support. 


Q: How long does it take to complete a PhD in MCBGP?

A: Tenure in the program is dependent on each individual student's progress. The average time to degree is approximately 5.5 years. 


Q: Can I apply for the Open Graduate Education Program?

A: Yes, but probably not until after passing your qualifying exam. The Open Graduate Education Program application process is competitive.


Other questions? Please refer to the Brown Graduate School Applicant Information page or the MCBGP Website