Graduate School Online Application System

Welcome to The Rockefeller University's Online Application System (OAS) for The David Rockefeller Graduate Program.

The Rockefeller University is a competitive graduate institution. Students who enter the Ph.D. program must have received a degree of bachelor or master of arts or sciences, or doctor of medicine or equivalent international qualification. In demonstrating merit, applicants should be able to document a high level of achievement in the biological, chemical, mathematical or physical sciences. In addition to these qualifications, applicants will have the opportunity to describe their scientific interests and goals, as well as the unique perspectives they would bring to the Rockefeller community.

To begin the application process you must first register for an account. Once you have completed your registration, you will receive e-mail notification that your registration has been accepted. This e-mail message will contain a link to validate your registration and allow you to continue with your application submission.

Prior to starting the application process, please read the FAQ page to assist you with using the OAS. The next step is to complete all of the required fields for each section of the application form.

All documents listed below must be submitted in order to complete your application:

  • The completed Online Application Form, including a Statement of Purpose comprised of the following three components:.

    • A) Describe your most meaningful research experience(s) to date. We are interested in what the big picture question was, how you designed experiments to answer it, and what your results told you about the scientific problem. Please include a brief discussion of what you would have done next if you were to continue working on this question. Applications are evaluated by faculty working in a wide range of fields, so be sure to focus on the high level scientific concepts and not only the specific techniques you used. (Limited to 750 words)
    • B) Indicate what scientific area(s) you would like to study in graduate school and how your interests would fit within the Rockefeller Ph.D. program and the research of the Rockefeller faculty. (Limited to 250 words)
    • C) The Rockefeller University’s mission, “Science for the benefit of humanity,” is central to our university culture and community. In keeping with this mission, we seek a student body that embodies the wide range of human experience. Describe how your background and experiences would contribute to the Rockefeller community, including any adversity you had to overcome in your academic pursuits. (Limited to 250 words)

  • An Official transcript from each college or university you attended and listed in the Educational Information section of your application. You must scan and upload a copy of each official transcript as part of the online application.

  • Recommendations from three or four sponsors who can assess your potential for research.

  • The Application Fee of $50 is payable by check or credit card (preferred payment method). The application fee is non-refundable.

General and Advanced Subject Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and TOEFL scores are not required for admission. GRE and TOEFL scores are not requested on our application and will not be reviewed as part of the admissions process.

Your application is considered complete once we have received the completed application form and the required documents listed above. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Please note that the deadline for receipt of application materials is December 1, 2023.

If you have questions regarding your application or require assistance with the online application system, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at

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