Application Directions

Welcome to the application process for the Molecular Medicine Ph.D. Program. Please follow these directions carefully. All application materials and references must be received by January 15 of the year in which you wish to enroll. Application review begins immediatly after the application deadline.

We encourage all interested applicants to visit our application tips page and our FAQ's. If you have additional questions regarding the application process, please feel free to contact us!

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:

  • 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 90 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 the Molecular Medicine PhD Program. Select the institutional code, 2602 (not 1105, as listed on the Case Graduate Studies website), for Case Western Reserve University - Molecular Medicine PhD. 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 letter's, 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 recieve an email from Case Western Reserve University []. This email will contain instructions on how they can complete their letter of reference through the application system. Please advise your recommenders to check their spam filters if they do not recieve this email.


We require *official transcripts from all institutions you have previously attended. DO NOT SEND THEM TO Case Western Reserve University.  Please have all official transcripts mailed directly to:

Marcia Takacs Jarrett, PhD
Administrator, Molecular Medicine PhD Program
9500 Euclid Avenue / ND46
Cleveland, OH 44195

This information can also be found in the online application.

*Official transcripts are prepared by your degree granting institution and are signed by a designated school official. These documents must arrive at our office 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:

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 information 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 2014 " (not Summer 2014)
  • 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. Save one page at a time, there are a total of 5 pages, page 4 is blank.
  • Your short answer and essay answers are a critical component of the application selection process so put some thought into your answers and make sure to cite your references. 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.


We have a diverse student body and welcome applications from underrepresented 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, genetic information, ethnicity, 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 Dr. Marcia Jarrett at