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The Application Process

The Tetrad program is one of several UCSF graduate programs. You may apply to only one program. It is therefore important to consider which program suits your interests and apply to only that program.


Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Tetrad program, we expect that entering graduate students will have diverse undergraduate preparation. Students with backgrounds in anatomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, physics and related fields, are welcome to apply, providing they have demonstrated a high level of academic proficiency (generally a grade point average of 3.2 or higher in relevant science courses). Evidence of exposure to scientific research, generally as participation in a research project during at least one (preferably two or more) years, is regarded as an important attribute of the successful applicant.

Applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination and a subject test in chemistry, biology or physics is strongly recommended. (NOTE: We are aware that the Biochemistry subject test has been discontinued so it is not expected for applicants to take this test). The examination should be taken before November 18th so that official scores are mailed in December. Information about the examination may be obtained here.

We strongly recommend that you take the GRE test no later than October.
Results should be forwarded to UCSF institutions code number R4840-0202 or R4840-0206.


Students admitted to the any of the PIBS programs are assured an annual stipend plus fees for the duration of their time in the program. The Tetrad Program has in general been able to secure waivers of non-resident supplemental tuition fees for out-of-state first-year students. Students are expected to become California residents after one year, and to complete their graduate work in no more than five years of full-time study. Funding beyond three years is not underwritten by the Department and becomes the responsibility of the thesis advisor.

Fellowships and Grants
A major source of support for graduate students is predoctoral training grants. At present, the Department is supporting students on a training grant from the National Institutes of Health. Students are also encouraged to apply for outside fellowships. United States citizens are eligible for an NSF fellowship. Contact information for the NSF fellowship is listed below.

GRF Operations Center
Suite T-50
1818 N Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 866-NSF-GRFP (866-673-4737)


UCSF is committed to ensuring access to graduate education for all students. Early communication with the relevant administrators is critical to a successful partnership in arranging accommodations. SDS is the appropriate and confidential office for seeking accommodations, and will coordinate communications and procedures with you and the graduate faculty and programs.  Please visit the website and look over the PDF iconStudent Disability Services info.pdf for more information.


Success in graduate school requires care and attention to all aspects of your life: health and wellness, community, career development, personal and professional relationships, and security and safety. UCSF is committed to providing a full range of resources and services to help you succeed. Learn more about these resources by visiting our Student Success website.

Admissions Process

The Tetrad program is one of several UCSF graduate programs. You may apply to only one program – it is important to consider which program suits your interests and apply to only that program.

Application opens: Sep 1, 2017
Deadline to apply: Dec 1, 2017

UCSF Registrar

UCSF Graduate Division