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What is the BBH Program Looking for?

We conduct a fully holistic review and are looking for:

  • Academic Potential

    • Grades, GREs (optional this year), comments in letters, etc.

  • Research Potential

    • Experiences, accomplishments; Research interests, comments in letters and personal statement about aptitude, etc.

  • Alignment

    • Are your training goals and interests aligned with what we offer?

    • A BA or BS degree in a relevant field; some coursework with statistics/research methods

  • Other

    • Motivation, grit, perseverance, etc.

    • We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds

What is required? What kinds of applicants are competitive?

We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications, looking carefully at grades, coursework, letters of recommendation, the personal statement, GRE scores (optional this year, see below**) and other factors (such as past experience). For those who submit GREs, we do not currently have a formal cut-off; this said, individuals with scores above 50% in all three domains of the GRE are considered more competitive. For grades, we require a minimum GPA of 3.0; competitive applicants typically have overall GPAs of 3.5 or above. There is no specific coursework we look for, except for some basic training in statistics and research methods (e.g., Introduction to Statistics); rather, we are looking for a fit to our department, which is interdisciplinary. Although some of our applicants also have Master's level work, this is certainly not necessary. Given our interdisciplinary nature, A BA or BS degree in many different domains would be relevant (e.g., Psychology, Neuroscience, Health Promotion, Biology, Microbiology, Epidemiology, Biobehavioral Health, or others).

**Additional information about the GRE: For those applying in the Fall of 2020, the GRE will be optional. Those who do not submit GRE scores will not be at a disadvantage for admissions.  This said, we do recommend the GRE, in part because GRE scores have historically been needed to be competitive for certain University-level fellowships and scholarships; further, we value taking the GRE into account as part of a full, holistic review process, given that any one given indicator of success (e.g., grades) can be of limited value. However, we recognize that access issues and/or financial issues may prevent applicants from taking the GRE and that such issues may be particularly challenging this year; thus, not having GRE scores will not adversely affect admissions decisions.