Application Directions

Welcome to the application process for the Molecular Medicine Ph.D. Program. Please follow these directions carefully. For Fall 2018 enrollment, applications are due on January 1st. Apply by December 8th to be considered for Early Review. Early Review is a process where the Admissions Committee reviews complete applications and invites applicants to interview prior to the January 1st application deadline. Application review begins immediately after the application deadlines.


If you have additional questions regarding the application process, please feel free to contact us!
Students with disabilities who need assistance with applications or interviews are encouraged to contact the Molecular Medicine admissions team (

We encourage all interested applicants to visit our application tips and our FAQ's. Also view the video "What Admissions Directors Think about Getting Into Graduate School", great advice from graduate program directors around the country. If you have additional questions regarding the application process, please feel free to contact us!

Students with disabilities who need assistance with applications or interviews are encouraged to contact The Molecular Medicine Admissions Team (

Course Requirements:

All applicants are required to complete the following undergraduate college courses, receiving a grade of C- or better, prior to starting the Molecular Medicine PhD Program. On your application, you must indicate the name of the course and the level, the date taken or when it will be completed. If the course has a different name than listed here, indicate that on the application.

  • General Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

It is also highly recommended, but not required, that students complete a course in Molecular and/or Cellular Biology. Please note that if you are taking a requirement after you submit your application and/or request your transcripts, you must indicate this on your application to be considered.

Research Requirements:

Applicants must have taken part in laboratory research at the collegiate level or above.

GRE and TOEFL Requirements and Reporting Information:

All student applicants are required to take the General GRE Test. There is no minimum score required for the GRE. Subject tests in science are not required but recommended.

International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), minimum test scores are determined by The School of Graduate Studies at Case Western Reserve University. Currently the minimum score for the TOEFL is 577 if paper-based, or 85 if Internet-based.

All official standardized test scores must be the most recent scores (GRE is valid for 5 years, TOEFL is valid for 2 years) and are to be reported directly to Case Graduate Studies. Select the institutional code 1105 as listed on the Case Graduate Studies website. Department codes are not necessary.

All testing must be completed before the application deadline.

Letters of Reference:

On your application, you will be required to provide valid email addresses for three separate references. At least one of your references must be from your current research mentor. Once you submit your application, your references will be notified directly via email from the on-line application system, Hobsons, and asked to submit a recommendation letter online. You will not be able to view the reference letters, but you will be able to check the status of each letter's submission by logging into Case Western Reserve University's application website.

Your recommenders will receive an email from Case Western Reserve University []. This email will contain instructions on how they will complete their letter of reference through the application system. Please advise your recommenders of this process and let them know about the Hobsons system and to check their spam filters if they do not receive this email.


You must upload an unofficial transcript (example: student copy) to the application for the Molecular Medicine Admissions Committee review process. Your application will not be considered without your unofficial transcript uploaded to the application. In addition, the School of Graduate Studies requires official transcripts* from all institutions you have previously attended before your official acceptance. SEND THEM DIRECTLY TO Case Western Reserve University at the address below:

  • School of Graduate Studies
  • Tomlinson 203
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • 10850 Euclid Ave
  • Cleveland OH 44106-7027

Electronic transcripts must be sent to

*Official transcripts are prepared by your degree granting institution and are signed by a designated school official. These documents must arrive at the School of Graduate Studies in a sealed envelope from your academic institution(s). We will not accept copies of transcripts or transcripts directly from the student.

Student Application Directions:

Students with disabilities who need assistance with applications or interviews are encouraged to contact The Molecular Medicine Admissions Team (

The student application for the Molecular Medicine Ph.D. Program is an on-line process through Case Western Reserve University School of Graduate Studies managed by Hobsons. This Apply On-line link will take you to the central on-line application form. Please follow these directions to register. Feel free to reference our Application Tips for more helpful defaultrmation on completing your application.

  • Select "Create Your Account" - complete and submit data form
  • Select "General Instructions"
  • Select "Go to the Form "
    • Select "Online Application for Admission" and login using the account you just created
  • Select the entrance term "Fall 2015" (not Summer 2015)
  • Select the program Molecular Medicine "PHD" link

You will then be directed to complete the on-line application.

  • Read and follow all directions carefully and complete all applicable and required fields in the application.
  • You will not be able to advance in the application process without completing required fields.
  • You will be able to save and return to your application in the Hobsons system without payment. Use “Save and Continue” to move through the application. "Submit Application" is in each section so that you can go back and complete required fields.
  • Your short answer and essay answers are a critical component of the Molecular Medicine application selection process so put some thought into your answers, spelling and punctuation and make sure to cite the literature that you use in your answers to avoid plagiarism. To complete the text boxes, we recommend that you first use a word processor with spell check to create a draft and then cut and paste your final text into the appropriate box.
  • Following completion of the application, you will be asked to submit an on-line application fee.

Application Tips

Here are a few tips for a successful application:

  • Complete/plan to complete all prerequisite courses
  • Start early - although the application won't be reviewed until after the deadline, this gives your references sufficient time to submit your letters
  • Give yourself plenty of time to complete the application
  • Proof Read
  • Site all your sources properly - essays are run through plagiarism software and a plagiarized application essay will NOT be considered for admission
  • Submit all official scores (GRE and/or TOEFL) using the correct Institution code (1105)
  • Highlight research experiences

We have a diverse student body and welcome applications from underrepresented and disabled candidates.

Cleveland Clinic does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities, on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, color, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Cleveland Clinic administers all programs and services without regard to disability, and provides reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified disabled individuals.

To request special accommodations, please contact the Molecular Medicine admissions team (