Graduate Program in

Mathematical, Computational & Systems Biology

Admissions

Applications for admittance to the Fall 2022/23 academic year will be accepted beginning October 1, 2021. We recommend that all applicants submit their complete application package by December 10 , 2021 to be considered for invitation to the MCSB Recruitment Events to be held in mid February 2022.

Graduate Council reviewed and approved the request to temporarily remove the GRE General Test from the minimum graduate application requirements for the graduate program in Mathematical, Computational, and Systems Biology for the 2022-23 admissions cycle.

Prerequisites
The MCSB curriculum is designed to teach students at the beginning of their graduate careers the necessary mathematical, computational, and biological knowledge for successful research at the interface between these disciplines. The needs of students with a variety of backgrounds can be met provided that they have had mathematical training comparable to a standard one-year university-level calculus course and a lower-division university course in elementary differential equations and linear algebra. Exceptional students not meeting these prerequisites may be admitted to the program on the condition that they fulfill these requirements during the first fall quarter of their graduate study or the summer preceding, and pass with a grade of B or better.
Admissions Information
Financial Support
Program Application
Recruitment Visit Meeting

Checklist

The MCSB Admissions Committee will be able to consider your application for Fall 2022 when all of the following items have been received.

Applications for admittance to the Fall 2022/23 academic year will be accepted beginning October 1, 2021. We recommend that all applicants submit their complete application package by December 10, 2021 to be considered for invitation to the MCSB Recruitment Events to be held February 2022.

  • Application Fee: Your application cannot be reviewed until UCI has received your non-refundable application fee ($120 for U.S. Citizens and lawful U.S. Permanent Residents, and $140 for all other applicants). Application fee must be paid by credit card only; checks will no longer be accepted. The university grants full application fee waivers to certain U.S. citizens and permanent residents with strong financial need
  • Official Transcripts: For application review purposes only, scan and upload copies of transcripts for all institutions attended since high school. In the online application, you will be prompted to upload your scanned documents. Please upload both the front and back sides of the transcript. Uploaded transcripts should be recent and include the following: your name, dates of attendance, grades/marks received, credits and grading legend. UCI reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admission process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found. Official transcripts will be requested if and when you are admitted and decide to attend UCI. Do not send official transcripts until this time, unless you are requested to do so. For International Institutions, please include a Certificate of Graduation indicating your Bachelor Degree Award.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation: Must be uploaded digitally to your application. Letters of recommendation must be submitted by the letter writer; an applicant must not submit a letter of recommendation on behalf of the letter writer.
  • Personal History Statement: The Personal History statement is highly recommended for all applicants. Applicants for our graduate programs are selected using a holistic evaluation system. These essays will assist both the admissions committee and fellowship review committees to evaluate your preparation for your proposed field of study and your background and motivation for graduate study.
    • The Statement of Purpose is expected to focus on your academic/research background and interests, while the Personal History Statement is expected to focus on your personal background.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test Scores: If you have GRE scores to report for admission cycle 2022, UCI’s Institution code is 4859.  Currently, mandatory submission of GRE scores with your application for Fall, 2022 has been waived.
  • English Proficiency Policy: All graduate applicants, except those who have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution at which English was the sole language of instruction according to the World Higher Education Database, are required to demonstrate English proficiency for admissions consideration.  Please see WHED’s instructions on how to search for an institution.  An applicant who has not earned an undergraduate degree from an institution at which English was the sole language of instruction according to the World Higher Education Database must take and pass an approved English proficiency test.

    The TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

    Please select institution code 4859 to have your official score sent to UCI.

    • We do not accept MyBest scores; you must submit all individual test scores.
    • Results of institutional (non-ETS) administrations of the TOEFL are not acceptable.
    • We will accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test. The same minimum score applies. However, we will NOT accept the TOEFL ITP Plus test for China or TOEFL Essentials.
    • Test results that are two years old or older are not acceptable.

    TOEFL Score Requirements for Admission Consideration:

    • A minimum score of 80 is required on the TOEFL iBT.


    IELTS: As an alternative to the TOEFL, you may submit scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

    • An institutional code is NOT required. Please contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS test and request that your test scores be sent electronically using the IELTS system. All IELTS test centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to our institution.
    • UC Irvine Graduate Division only accepts scores submitted electronically by the IELTS test center. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted.
    • We will accept the IELTS Indicator test. The same minimum score applies.
    • Test results that are two years old or older are not acceptable.

    IELTS Score Requirements for Admission Consideration:

    • An overall minimum score of 7 for admission, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module.

Once submitted, your application materials will not, under any circumstances, be returned to you or forwarded to another entity on your behalf.

We recommend visiting UCI Graduate Division's FAQ page for additional information on applying to UCI prior to submitting an application.