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Comparative Biology PhD Application

Application for Fall 2020:  Application portal will open in Fall 2019



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December 15, 2019

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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Or equivalent degree, from an accredited institution
Official transcripts From all undergraduate/graduate institutions attended
GRE (general) results Required, taken within the past five years--Institution Code 2471 or 1760
GRE (specialty) examination Recommended (in pertinent field)--Institution Code 2471 or 1760
Three letters of support Required from instructors, research advisors, or other mentors
Essay Description of research interests/experience
Interview Final candidates will be interviewed
Faculty sponsor Through student contact or assigned by the AMNH
Application fee of $50 Required with application; non-refundable
Proficiency in English

TOEFL or IELTS (Academic Exam) scores are required for non-native English speakers (who have not earned a college-level degree in a program documented as taught in English), taken within the past 2 years.

TOEFL scores generally must total 600 or higher, typically with 60 or greater on each subsection (PBT), or total 100 or higher, typically with 25 or greater on each subsection (iBT). For more information on TOEFL go to

IELTS scores must be at least 7.0 in total. For more information on IELTS please go to:

Educational Background

Applicants must have received a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, or equivalent degree, from an accredited college or university prior to matriculation in the Museum’s program. Applications will be accepted from students who have completed some graduate work or an advanced degree at another institution. All applicants, however, will be required to complete the core courses of the RGGS program, regardless of their prior background.

Submission of Application

The application for admission, together with supporting materials must be uploaded online through the admissions portal:

Please note that all applications and supporting materials become the property of the Richard Gilder Graduate School. Since the applicant is responsible for sending official transcripts to the RGGS in sealed envelopes and securing letters of recommendation, it is important that the applicant requests supporting documents as early as possible, to ensure that all supporting materials are secured well in advance of the application deadline.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a member of the faculty prior to application. Final candidates will be invited to the Richard Gilder Graduate School for interviews, whenever possible. The interview process represents the graduate school’s commitment to finding students that will most benefit from and contribute to the Ph.D. Comparative Biology program. It also enables the Graduate School faculty to make the very best matches between students and faculty advisors - part of the Richard Gilder Graduate School’s deep commitment to personal advising, mentorship, and guidance of students.

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