The graduate program requires highly motivated individuals who thrive on challenges. There are no specific prerequisites; however, applicants should demonstrate good undergraduate training in the biomedical sciences or a related field and a strong commitment to research.

The program is bicoastal and applications are reviewed by an admissions committee composed of faculty from both the Florida and California campuses. As a result, applicants may receive an offer of admission from one or both campuses. To be considered for admission, applicants must interview at the campuses from which they wish to gain admission. Admission standards are the same for the California and Florida campuses, the joint Skaggs-Oxford Program, and the Florida Atlantic University-Scripps Florida MD/PhD Program.

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A wide range of perspectives and experiences is essential for educational and scientific excellence. Scripps strongly encourages applications from underrepresented and underserved students and does not discriminate on the basis of nationality, race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, sex, citizenship or disability.


California: February 21-24; March 7-10

Florida: February 14-17

The following materials must be received by Dec. 1 in order for the application to be considered complete.
Submit an online application here: Apply online.
  • Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended; the transcripts should be mailed by the school to the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Request Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores from ETS. The graduate program requires applicants to submit GRE General Test scores. While not required, submitting applicable 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 GRE Subject Test. The institution code for the GRE is 4651. No department code is necessary.
  • If applicable, international students must submit evidence of proficiency in English. Request Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores from ETS. The institution code for the TOEFL is 4651. No department code is necessary.
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation from faculty or employers who can assess your potential for graduate-level research. Since previous laboratory research experience is one of the most important factors considered by the Scripps graduate program, at least one of the letters provided must be from a former or current research advisor or research supervisor. Each recommender's contact information should be submitted online with your application.
Financial support for graduate students is provided by Scripps Research, the student’s advisor and national fellowships. This support covers tuition, benefits and stipend. The stipend level for academic year 2018-19 is $31,000 on the Florida campus and $33,000 on the California campus.

The stipend is subject to change based on cost of living increases and national competitiveness.

Scripps Research encourages students to apply for fellowships during their senior year of undergraduate study. It is possible to apply for fellowships after matriculation in graduate school, but history demonstrates that they are much more difficult to secure after leaving the undergraduate institution.

Predoctoral fellowships are available from several agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF). This highly competitive fellowship recognizes undergraduate achievement and future promise. NSF predoctoral fellowships will provide stipend support and a yearly allocation to procure computers, books and travel related to graduate studies.

A stipend supplement is extended to graduate students who have secured a fellowship from external sources. Typically, the supplement is $3,000 above the base stipend. Thus, with a current base stipend between $31,000 and $33,000, students who secure fellowships can anticipate a total stipend of between $34,000 and $36,000.

If the fellowship of a student in good academic standing ends prior to graduating and the fellowship has provided financial support for a minimum of two years, the supplement will be continued until the student graduates. However, if the amount of the external fellowship exceeds the stipend and supplement amount, the student’s stipend shall return to the current base stipend plus supplement amount; e.g., a $35,000 fellowship shall be set at $34,000.

Questions related to the stipend should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies.

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