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.

Admissions Requirements

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Tetrad Graduate 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 3.0 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 to the Tetrad Program are NOT required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and scores will not be reviewed for the admissions process.

Financial Support


Students admitted to the Tetrad Graduate Program are assured an annual stipend plus tuition and fees (including health insurance premium) paid on behalf of the student for the duration of their time in the program. The Tetrad Graduate 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. The Tetrad Graduate Program provides funding for students in years one and two. Funding beyond year two 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 Tetrad Graduate Program 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 to apply 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)
Email: [email protected]


The Tetrad program is firmly committed to increasing diversity at every level, and cultivating a community where equity and inclusion are valued and supported. We believe both that this is a moral imperative and that a diverse community is the strongest and most creative. To read more about current and future initiatives, please read our statement HERE. The Graduate Division is also committed to cultivating an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at UCSF. Please visit the website to learn more about Graduate Division programs and activities.

Student Disability Services

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 Student Disability Services info for more information.

Student Success at UCSF

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.

International Applicants

In addition to meeting the same admission requirements domestic students must meet, international applicants from non-English speaking countries must also demonstrate proficiency in English by completing one year of study with a minimum GPA of 3.00 at an accredited college or university in the United States, OR by obtaining the following minimum scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – administered by ETS, or the IELTS – the International English Language Testing System. Test scores are valid from these institutions for a maximum of two years from the test date.

Send ETS-TOEFL scores to Code: 4840-U California-San Francisco

Additional requirements and information for International applicants can be found here.