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Welcome to the Graduate School

Welcome to City of Hope's Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences
Earn Your Doctorate Where You and Your Research Will Have the Greatest Impact.
The mission of the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope is to train graduate students in an academically stimulating, collaborative and diverse environment to apply their creativity, curiosity and talents to advance understanding of the complexities of the life sciences and to apply research discoveries to the cures for diseases.
Graduate School History
City of Hope’s commitment to education led to the creation of the Graduate School of Biological Sciences, with the first class of students entering in 1994. The Graduate School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
City of Hope’s interdisciplinary research approach provides for ample interaction with peers and faculty and an emphasis on translational research: applying basic science breakthroughs to clinical problems. The program develops a professionally trained scientist, prepared for a career in academia, medicine or industry. Our students have gone on to illustrious careers at major universities, research institutions, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.



Dean's Message

Thank you for your interest in the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope. The Graduate School provides a unique and challenging research and learning environment for doctoral training in the biological and biomedical sciences.
City of Hope and Beckman Research Institute (which hosts the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences) have a remarkable history of innovation in science and medical care. Our faculty members have made major contributions in biological sciences and biomedicine and are widely recognized as leaders in their fields.
The biotech industry was launched by investigators at City of Hope when they created the technology that led to the first human recombinant gene products, insulin and human growth hormone, which are now in use by millions of people worldwide. The most recent class of blockbuster drugs, humanized monoclonal antibodies, is based upon a core technology developed by Beckman Research Institute researchers. Both basic science and translational biomedical research flourish here, in a collegial atmosphere in which cross-communication thrives and basic science findings are often applied to the cure of life-threatening diseases.
The Graduate School enrolled its first class of students in 1994. Our graduates have gone on to academic appointments and postdoctoral fellowships at National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute, some of the nation’s best universities, as well as to positions in major biotech and pharmaceutical companies. City of Hope’s interdisciplinary research programs provide students with many opportunities to enrich their graduate education by interacting with other graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty members outside of their own areas of specialization. City of Hope has a strong track record in training both predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. In addition, we host undergraduate researchers in our extensive summer internship program.
This Web site contains links to our web-based application form and all of the necessary information about applying to the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope. We encourage you to visit our beautiful campus to learn more about this exciting opportunity for graduate education.
John Rossi


Program and Deadlines
City of Hope’s Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences offers a Ph.D in Biological Sciences. Applications are due in January 1, 2015. Applications for Fall 2015 will be available in Fall 2014.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early for best consideration. The Graduate Program in Biological Sciences will consider both domestic and international applications. Please note that your application is not considered complete until steps 1-3 below are complete.
Application Procedures
All students must complete an online application. There is no application fee.
  • Provide additional required documentation by mail.
  • Await possible contact from the Admissions Committee regarding an on-site interview
Application Requirements
  • Online application (biographical information, essays and educational history)
  • 3 letters of recommendation (recommenders can submit online or mail their letters on your behalf)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • GRE Scores: The graduation record examination (GRE) general test is required, and an appropriate subject test, e.g., chemistry or biology, is recommended. GRE scores must be sent by the Educational Testing Service to the Office of Graduate Education. The School Code for City of Hope is 4076.
  • TOEFL Scores: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required for all foreign students and must be sent to the Office of Graduate Education. The school code for City of Hope is 2268. Only foreign students who have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree in the United States are eligible to petition to waive this requirement.
Each student’s application should demonstrate the potential to conduct meaningful and significant biological, biomedical and/or chemical research.
The following prerequisites are recommended for admission to the GraduateProgram in Biological Sciences:
  • Two semesters of mathematics
  • One year of general physics, including laboratory
  • Two years of chemistry (general and organic), including laboratory
  • One year each of general biology and biochemistry
  • Significant experience in a research laboratory
  • Additional recommended courses include:
  • Genetics
  • Cell biology
  • Cell physiology
  • Molecular genetics
  • Developmental biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Physical chemistry
  • Differential equations
  • Advanced organic and/or physical chemistry
Review Process
Applications are reviewed by an admissions committee made up of faculty from the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences. The committee reviews applications and supporting documents and decides which of those candidates will be offered an interview. Final admissions decisions are made after the results of the interviews have been reviewed. All admissions decisions are final and there is no appeal process for admissions decisions.
Antidiscrimination Policy
City of Hope does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, color, national and ethnic origin or nondisqualifying handicap in regard to all activities associated with the graduate school. Handicapped access is provided.
Financial Support
All admitted students in the Graduate School of Biological Sciences will receive a stipend of $32,000, with paid medical, dental and vision insurance. On campus housing is available. Housing is also available within the immediate area at a cost of approximately $700 to $1000 per month.
Visa status is administered by the Graduate School and the Department of Human Resources at City of Hope.
Students in this program must pay a registration fee of $50/semester. If a student leaves the program, he/she will be refunded the entire amount of this fee for that semester and have no further financial obligation to City of Hope. There will be no tuition charges made directly to students.

Transcript Request

Transcript Request:  You may request a free official or unofficial transcript. Please allow at least four (4) business days for the transcript process. The following information is required when requesting transcripts:
  • Fill out the Official Transcript Request form, then sign and date it
  • The filled-out Transcript Request Form can be dropped off at the Registrar Office, postal mailed, or emailed with a valid electronic signature.
  • Indicate whether it is an official or unofficial transcript request
  • Indicate whether the transcript  will be picked-up or mailed to a third party, i.e. an institution, business or agency
  • If the transcript will be mailed to the third party, please provide its complete mailing address
Office of the Registrar
Queenie Du, MBA
Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope
Graduate School Administration Office
Beckman Center, #1110
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte, CA  91010-3000
626-256-(HOPE) 4673, extension 62479

Student Loan Deferral Request

Student Loan Deferral Request:  The Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope satisfies the definition of an eligible institution under the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended by the US Department of Education. Therefore, as long as a current graduate student maintains good academic standing, the IPEDS (Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System) Key Holder can certify online and/or documents the Student Loan Deferral Request for him/her. Student Loan Deferral Request can be certified for the current graduate students by the IPEDS Key Holder between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. (PST) Monday thru Friday.
The IPEDS Key Holder: Queenie Du, MBA
Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope
Graduate School Administration Office
Beckman Center, #1110
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte, CA  91010
626-256-HOPE (4673), ext. 62479

Graduate School Faculty

Graduate School Administration

Our Campus

City of Hope has extensive shared resource facilities, services and equipment, many of which are available to graduate students. These provide investigators with state-of-the-art services and supplies, to support both clinical and basic medical research, thus facilitating the transitional research that is integral to the organization’s mission.

The City of Hope campus features the Center for Biomedicine and Genetics (CBG). This 20,000-square-foot facility is the nation’s largest biomanufacturing facility at an academic institution capable of producing FDA-approved biological therapeutics. The CBG features specialized zones for viral and non-viral biologics and cell manipulation.

In addition, the Graff Library is available for student use. The library provides a far-ranging catalog of scientific and biomedical journals and online databases, as well as a wide array of services.

Additional information and Web sites that may be of interest:
About City of Hope - an overview of the institution; background; mission, and history.
Beckman Research Institute Beckman Research Institute - General information about Beckman Research Institute, its mission and history.
Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences on Facebook - Get social with current students, alumni, faculty and fans.
Maps and Directions - Driving directions to City of Hope and Beckman Research institute; a map of the campus.
Postdoctoral Training Office/Postdoctoral Association - The PTO/PDA encourages postdoctoral fellows to interact with each other and with graduate students and provides opportunities for educational, professional and social growth.
Breakthroughs Blog - Recent news and media including many on research and clinical advances.

Graduate School Events

City of Hope's Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences calendar is easy to navigate - just move your cursor over or click a date or event description. You can also add events to your personal calendar, e-mail event information to yourself or others, set up e-mail and cell phone text message reminders on events and other event actions. Additionally, you can subscribe to the calendar in different ways including Weekly e-mails, RSS and Atom Feeds.

Diversity and Inclusion

City of Hope is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background, and approach, but tied together by our commitment to care for and cure those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The innovation that our diversity produces in the areas of research, treatment, philanthropy, and education has made us national leaders in this fight. Our unique and diverse workforce provides us the ability to understand our patient’s needs, deliver compassionate care and continue the quest for a cure for life threatening diseases.

Employing a diverse workforce with individual talents and experiences allows us to better understand the needs of our patients, deliver compassionate care and continue quest for a cure for life-threatening diseases.

At City of Hope, diversity and inclusion is a core value at the heart of our mission. We strive to create an inclusive workplace environment that engages all of our employees and provides them with opportunities to develop and grow, both personally and professionally. Each day brings an opportunity to strengthen our work, leverage our different perspectives and improve our patients’ experiences by learning from others. Diversity and inclusion is about much more than policies and campaigns. It is an integral part of who we are as an institution, how we operate and how we see our future.

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