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Graduate Program Admissions

The Graduate Program requires highly motivated individuals who thrive on challenges. There are no specific pre-requisites; 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 M.D./Ph.D. Program.

For more information on the Master's Program in Clinical Investigation, click here.


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.

SAVE THE DATE: The graduate program will only interview on these dates.

2019 Recruitment Dates
California Florida

February 21 to February 24

February 14 to February 17

March 7 to March 10

How to Apply

The following materials must be received by December 1 in order for the application to be considered complete.

  1. Submit an online application here: Apply Online
  2. Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended; the transcripts should be mailed by the school to the Office of Graduate Studies.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.