Applicants to the Cancer Biology Program must have at least a bachelor's degree
from a regionally accredited university with an extensive background in a field
of biology or chemistry.
Undergraduate research experience will greatly improve chances of admission.
Students who seek admission to the Program are required to meet the minimal System-wide
(State University System of Florida) and University-wide (University of South Florida)
requirements. Applicants should have earned a minimum overall undergraduate grade
point average of 3.0 (out of a possible 4.0) and must submit a GRE score for full
consideration.Transcripts for any advanced degree (Master's) must also be submitted.
International students must achieve a minimal TOEFL score of 550 (paper based),
213 (computer based) or 79 (Internet based); IELTS score must be 6.5 or higher; PTE-A score must be 53 or above. The test must be taken within
two years of the desired term of entry.
Admission is competitive and we expect that the successful applicant will exceed
these minimal criteria.
How to Apply
We accept students for Fall admission only. The deadline for all applicants is January 15.
Applications must be received on or before the deadline to be considered.
Complete an on-line application:
Please comply with ALL university requirements; supporting documents should be uploaded to the on-line application and email addresses provided for three recommenders so the Admissions Office
can send them a link to upload letters of recommendation. Occasionally the email containing the link will go into the "Junk" folder so please make the recommenders aware that might happen.
Please use the same on-line application https://secure.vzcollegeapp.com/usf/and upload all relevant documents to the application. Provide email addresses for three recommenders in the application so the Admissions Office can send them a link to upload letters of recommendation. Occasionally the email containing the link will go into the "Junk" folder so please make the recommenders aware that might happen.
NOTE: The college code is AS.
The major code is Cancer Biology, CNB.
The degree code is PH.D.
Required documents include:
1. A CV or resume (upload to application).
2. Self-Reported GPA worksheet (only for domestic students on a 4.0 GPA scale), available from Graduate School website under "Graduate
Admission Forms" from the "Forms" drop down menu at the top of the Graduate School
home page (upload to application).
3. A photocopy of GRE and TOEFL or IELTS score report, for departmental use (uploaded to application) or official scores can be reported directly to the University. Unsubstantiated scores will not be considered during the application review process.
4. One copy of transcripts, undergraduate (and Master's, if applicable).
Photocopies are acceptable (uploaded to application). If admitted, an official transcript will need to be sent to the University.
5. Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals
familiar with your research, academic or professional performance and abilities.
An email address for each recommender is to be provided in the on-line application so these individuals can be contacted
by Graduate Admissions with a link to upload the letter. There is no standard form for the letter. Recommenders should provide their contact information somewhere on the letter.
6. A statement of purpose (no more than 2 pages) that explains why you are
interested in the program and how your education, training and research experience
have prepared you for the Cancer Biology Program. This should be on plain white
paper (no form) and is to be uploaded as well.
If sending official scores from ETS use the following codes:
GRE (5828-0000) and TOEFL (5828-99) scores
Questions can be directed to:
Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, MRC-4 East
12902 Magnolia Drive
Tampa, Florida 33612
E-mail address: CancerPhD@moffitt.org