Frequently Asked Questions

No, the QCB is a Ph.D.-track program that feeds into the 16 basic science departments and programs in the School of Medicine and in the College of Arts & Science.

Yes, the QCB program offers full financial support and covers all tuition, fees, and student health insurance. In addition to these benefits, students receive a stipend. First year compensation will be $31,500 which includes a stipend of $29,500 and a first-day bonus of $2000 to be used for upfront costs associated with relocating to Nashville.  University Tuition Scholarships are service-free awards that pay all or part of tuition costs. The following graduate awards are normally supplemented by a full University Tuition Scholarship, which usually includes student health insurance coverage: University Fellowships, Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Research Assistantships, Traineeships, and Teacher Training Awards.

You may apply for the program and find more information about the admission timeline at this link . Admission to the QCB is granted for the fall semester only- there is not an option to begin in the spring.

Starting with Fall 2018 applications, our application fee will be $95. For more information, please check here.

In accordance with the interests of the US congress and its commitment to training well qualified and highly diverse students for careers in the biomedical sciences, fee waivers can be obtained for any student who has performed biological or biomedically-oriented research which has been supported by the NIH, the NSF, or any other agency or private foundation within the US.

Please see our application page for more information on fee waivers.

January 15 is the admission deadline. You may apply for the program and find more information about the admission timeline by clicking here.  The priority deadline is December 1.  This date is when applications will begin to be reviewed.

Admission is conducted on a rolling basis. Applicants will find out no later than March 15th if they will receive an invitation to interview.

Your application status will not change online. You will be notified if you have been invited to interview for our program. Otherwise, we will contact you when all interview invitations have been extended regarding your application status.

Yes. The general GRE exam, which includes the Verbal, Quantitative and Analytic sections, is required for admission into the QCB. An official score report must be submitted. The GRE Institution Code is 1871. The GRE Department Code for this program is 0202 (No department code is necessary, but you may use 0202 if you are required to enter one).

No, we do not require the subject exams for admission into the QCB program.

No, there are no minimum GPA or GRE score requirements.

Yes, TOEFL scores are required for international applicants. There is not a minimum TOEFL score requirement; however, the TOEFL scores were generally near or above 100 total (iBT) for incoming students this fall. The requirement can be waived if you have received a degree where the primary language of the country is English-speaking. If you attended an English-speaking university, you will still be required to submit a TOEFL score.

It is in your best interest to have all of your materials submitted/uploaded online.  The only materials might need to be mailed in are sealed letters of recommendation that were not submitted online.  We DO NOT need copies of your official transcripts at the time of your application.  We will request these when we need them.

No, the QCB only accepts students for fall admission.

If you have additional questions about the QCB, you may contact:

QCB Program Manager - Carolyn Berry
(615) 343-1908

carolyn.m.berry@vanderbilt.edu