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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an application fee?
No, there is no application fee.

Is there a difference in the admissions process for the La Jolla and Jupiter campuses?
No, the admission process and standards are the same. Each application will be reviewed by both campuses and as a result, applicants may receive an offer of admission from one or both campuses.

Link to Admissions Data PageHow many applications do you receive, and what are the acceptance and enrollment rates?
Entry into TSRI’s graduate program remains highly competitive, as evidenced by a 23% acceptance rate in the most recent (2015) application cycle. Of the 738 applicants to the 2015 program, 59 accepted offers and joined the ranks of TSRI’s doctoral students, bringing the total student body to 284 students. Click on the image at right to visit the admissions data page, which contains charts showing current and historical statistical trends, including disaggregated enrollment data pertaining to gender, ethnicity, research interests and other criteria.

Are there minimum GPA, GRE, or TOEFL requirements to apply?
No, there are no minimum requirements to apply.

What are the most heavily weighted factors in selecting students for the Scripps Graduate Program?
Although GRE scores and transcripts are important, applications are considered overwhelmingly based on a student’s scientific interests, previous research experience, recommendations from research advisor(s) and a statement of purpose that demonstrates a developed sense of professional direction.

Is the subject GRE required?
While not required, submitting GRE Subject Test scores is strongly recommended and viewed favorably by the admissions committee. Depending on your training and specific area of interest, you may decide to take the biology, chemistry or biochemistry subject GRE test.

What department code should I use for GREs?
A department code is not necessary.

What is TSRI's institution code?
It is 4651.

Who should I ask to submit letters of recommendation?
You should submit letters from faculty or employers who can assess your potential for graduate-level research. Of particular interest to the Scripps Graduate Program are letters from research advisors or research supervisors with direct knowledge of your previous laboratory research experience.

Is there a form for recommendation letters?
No

May I include my transcripts and recommendation letters with my application materials?
Yes, you may include both transcripts and recommendation letters with your application materials as long as they are sealed and official.

Do I need to submit TOEFL scores if I am an international student but have, or will receive, my degree from a university in an English speaking country?
The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the applicant meets at least one of these criteria:

  1. You are a native citizen of the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Canada (except Quebec). If you are a citizen of India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, or Singapore, you are not exempt from the TOEFL requirement.
  2. You studied full time for at least two academic years within the last five years in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Canada (except Quebec). You must submit a transcript that shows you attended college or graduate school in one of these approved locations.

How many transcripts do I need to submit?
One from each university.

How are international interviews conducted?
International applicants who are already in the United States or will be visiting the United States may visit either or both of the Scripps campuses during the scheduled recruitment weekends. Otherwise, interviews will be conducted via Skype.

Is financial aid available to students?
All graduate students are paid a stipend to cover living expenses. Additionally, all graduate students’ tuition and benefits are completely paid by The Scripps Research Institute. For these reasons, financial aid is not necessary.

When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is December 1 every year. While GRE scores submitted after this date are accepted, applicants should make every effort to ensure that GRE scores are submitted as soon as possible. The admissions committee begins reviewing applications as early as December, and incomplete applications may not be reviewed.

Can I contact TSRI faculty directly?
Applicants should feel free to contact any TSRI faculty member whose research areas are of interest. The admissions process, however, is managed entirely by the Office of Graduate Studies and all admissions-related questions should be directed to this office. Please do not contact faculty members with questions about the admissions process.

Where should I mail my official transcripts?
Send documents to Office of Graduate Studies; The Scripps Research Institute; 10550 North Torrey Pines Road, TRY-10; La Jolla, CA 92037

What is TSRI's policy with regard to students transferring from another institution?
Students who relocate to Scripps with their advisor may wish to transfer into the Scripps Graduate Program. The student must submit transcripts, course syllabi for classes completed at other institutions, and relevant personal statements through TSRI's Online Admissions System. If accepted, the student must complete at least two core courses at Scripps prior to being eligible for the candidacy examination. Transfer credit is reviewed and awarded by the Deans. While the final decision is up to the Deans, a course that was not applied toward another degree generally receives transfer credit if it was completed at an accredited institution and a grade of B- or better was earned. Grades earned at another institution will transfer in for credit only and are not included in the calculation of the GPA.