Cancer Biology Program Requirements & Standards

Prerequisites for Admission

  • Minimum of a baccalaureate degree in biology, biochemistry, or related field
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5/4.0 in most recent science-related degree
  • GRE scores demonstrating an average of 60th percentile or better on the GRE revised General Test
  • TOEFL iBT score of at least 100 or IELTS of at least 7 (international applicants only)
  • Equivalence of at least 6 credits at the 300–400 level with laboratory experience in at least two or more of the following areas:
    • Microbiology
    • Biochemistry
    • Genetics
    • Cellular Biology

Program Requirements

All or most of the didactic coursework is completed within the first two years.

Other Requirements

  • Predoctoral students must pass written and oral comprehensive qualifying exams.
  • Publication of research papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as presentations at scientific conferences is expected. 
  • As part of the qualifying exams, students are expected to write and defend grants written in NIH format.
  • Writing and successfully defending a dissertation.

For a detailed description of the requirements, please see the Path to Your PhD page on The Wistar Institute site.