FAQ

What is your average time to degree?

5.9 years

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How many applications do you recieve?

Approximately 140.

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How many students do you admit?

Generally 7-10 students each year.

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How many students are invited for an interview?

Approximately 20-25 candidates each year.

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When do the interviews take place?

We have one recruiting weekend on campus in February that starts late afternoon on a Thursday and continues through Friday night with departure on Saturday. For international applicants only, we conduct interviews via Skype.

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How many training faculty are there to choose from?

There are currently 46 training faculty within the BCDB program, from 12 different academic departments, but you can choose to do your dissertation research with any of the faculty members in the GDBBS, that includes >300 faculty members.

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What is the current stipend?

$29,000 plus health insurance and a $500 transition award for incoming students to help with expenses for starting graduate school. Tuition fees are completely covered. Stipends and health care coverage are guaranteed as long as you are a student in the program.

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What kind of jobs do your alumni have?

Our graduates are highly competitive and have been successful in securing positions and launching careers as academic professors (with research or teaching as a primary focus), government or industry research positions, scientific writing, public policy advocacy, or a wide variety of related positions. We maintain a list of alumni outcomes here.

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