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The PhD. program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at the University of Southern California invites applications of qualified candidates.

Computational Biology and Bioinformatics P.h.D. Program Admissions


Applying and Deadline

Motivated students having biological backgrounds with solid quantitative knowledge, or those having quantitative background such as computer science/mathematics and statistics/physics/chemistry with an interest in biology are encouraged to apply. The applications must be made through the Graduate Admissions Online Application System. The program deadline is December 15th. All supporting documents must be submitted by the deadline in order for your application to be considered in the review process. Review of applications will begin on December 1st. A PDF of our PhD recruitment flyer can be downloaded here.

Eligibility for Application

Entry into the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics PhD program requires a Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a related subject from an accredited four-year college and three letters of recommendation.

Application Requirements

Required Materials for Domestic Students:

  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Online Application (We no longer accept paper applications)

Required Materials for International Students:

  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • TOEFL scores

  • Online Application (We no longer accept paper applications)


NOTE - We no longer require the GRE.

Please attach an unofficial transcript, statement of purpose, and any other supplemental application materials as supplemental documents in your online application.

Your statement of purpose for the Graduate School application should explain both why you wish to pursue graduate study in Computational Biology and, more specifically, why you wish to do so at USC. We admit a small number of students each year in order to offer them full financial support; we therefore seek to find applicants whose interests best suit our program.

Unofficial copies of TOEFL score for international applicants are acceptable for evaluation purposes, but if offered admission, an applicant will be required to send official documentation.

Please submit your letters of recommendation electronically through the Apply Yourself application system. When you have submitted the online application, arrange for your transcripts,  and TOEFL scores (for international applicants)  to be sent directly to the USC Graduate School according to their requirements.

NOTE: When listing undergraduate/graduate GPAs (grade point averages) on the application, please use the system of your university. If you received a percentage grade, provide the average percentage. If you were graded on a scale other than 4.0 (with 4.0 equal to an "A"), please indicate the average grade AND indicate the scale (for example, 8.5/10).

Financial Aid

All students in the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Program will be provided with financial support for a period of 5 years. These awards are teaching and/or research assistantships. There is no separate application required.

Teaching and research assistantships provide full tuition remission, payment of student health center fee, and student health and dental insurance, and the monthly stipend for living expenses for the academic year. 

Contact and Mailing Address

PhD Program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CBB)

Department of Quantitative and Computational Biology (QCB)
University of Southern California 
1050 Childs Way, RRI 408F 
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2910 
Fax: 213.821.4257

Email: or Christian Robbie (

Submit Application:

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