Frequently Asked Questions

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Once your application is complete, your information will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee of the Department of Molecular Medicine. An interview and tour will be scheduled for competitive applicants.

The application and all supporting materials are due by January 5th.

Early Review is a process where the Admissions Committee reviews complete applications and invites applicants to interview prior to the January 5th application deadline. Application review begins immediately after the application deadlines.

The application fee for the Molecular Medicine PhD Program is $50.

Fee waiver requests should be sent to [email protected] with a subject line of “MMED application fee waiver request”, and should include a rationale, especially if the applicant does not fulfill the URM/ socially/economically challenged requirements listed.  See our fee waiver policy below.

Any applicant who is a US Citizen and applies by December 1st. Fee Waivers from December 1 - January 5th will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

Any applicant who identifies as an Underrepresented Minority (URM) and applies by January 5th. 

As defined by the NIH, a URM is defined as a U.S. citizen who identifies as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. We also recognize multiracial students who identify with one or more of these identities and Permanent Residents who identify with one or more of these identities.

Any applicant who identifies as economically or socially disadvantaged.

For applicants who have or currently participate in two or more of the following programs and do not identify with the communities above, we also provide an application fee waiver to those U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Final admissions decisions will be made by February. The Admissions Committee will do its best to notify all applicants in a timely fashion.

As of November 2018, the GRE is not required for admission. If an application has been submitted with a GRE score, the committee will not take the score into consideration.

Please submit official TOEFL scores to institutional code 1105.

Applications: If your disability impairs your ability to use the online application, please contact the Molecular Medicine Administration ([email protected]) .
Interview: If your disability prevents you from attending the on-site interview, please contact the Molecular Medicine Administration ([email protected]) for alternative arrangements (Skype, phone, or faculty visit).
Accommodations during graduate school: Cleveland Clinic and CWRU will make every effort to accommodate your specific needs through our Disability Task Force and Disabilities Resource Office.

The Molecular Medicine PhD Program is part of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) of Case Western Reserve University. Students will have opportunities to take part in research at both the Lerner Research Institute within the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University. The Lerner Research Institute is home to laboratory-based and translational research at the Cleveland Clinic. Their are more than 150 Faculty investigators in the Lerner Research Institute who have appointments in the Molecular Medicine PhD Program. Research at the Institute focuses on disease oriented programs, including cancer, cardiovascular, neurologic, musculoskeletal, eye, allergic and immunologic, metabolic, and infectious diseases.

Core curriculum courses are taught on the Cleveland Clinic campus, with advanced electives available on both the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University campuses.

Your Thesis Committee will be appointed by the end of the second summer with consultation between you, your Thesis Advisor and the Program Director. Your Thesis Committee will be comprised of your Thesis Advisor, Clinical Mentor, and two other Case Western Reserve University Faculty members. The members of your committee will meet with you two times per year to provide feedback on your research project and guide you through the program in a timely manner.

All students accepted into the Molecular Medicine PhD Program will receive a stipend and free tuition throughout their graduate training. Stipend amounts are set by Case Western Reserve University. Health insurance will be provided through Case Western Reserve University.

Molecular Medicine PhD students can participate in the student programs at both Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute. The Lerner Research Institute's Graduate Student Association plans and provides academic and social functions for all graduate students working in labs at the Cleveland Clinic. New graduate students are encouraged to join this group to facilitate both social and professional networking in the Institute's research community.

Upon successful completion of all coursework, research requirements, and thesis (including defense of your research project), you will graduate with a PhD in Molecular Medicine from Case Western Reserve University.

Complete the Molecular Medicine PhD Request for Information form on the Case Western Reserve University site.