Admission Requirements

Bioinformatics and Genomics Annual Retreat

To be considered for admission to the Bioinformatics and Genomics graduate program at Penn State, prospective students must have:

  • An appropriate academic background, typically including a Grade Point Average of 3.0 and above (on a 4.0 scale) during the last two years (junior/senior) of a bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university. Research experience is desirable.

  • Proficiency in the English language. With some exceptions (noted below), international candidates are required to take the TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and submit the results of the test with application for admission.

    • Department code: 30

    • Institution code: 2660

  • Note: International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if they have received a baccalaureate or a master's degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following countries: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, United States, and Wales.

Applicants also must complete the forms and send in the materials outlined in the instructions on how to apply.