Scripps Research’s doctoral program is an interdisciplinary graduate program that provides rigorous training in chemistry, chemical biology, biology, neurosciences, immunology, cell biology, chemical physiology, and biophysics. When students enroll in the program, they do not join a department, but rather pursue their graduate studies with access to the entire curriculum and faculty affiliated with the school regardless of the faculty member’s department. This approach allows students to be broadly trained and emphasizes the creation of basic knowledge in the biosciences.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
Scripps Research’s doctoral program achieves its mission through the following program learning outcomes (PLOs):
Research Skills: equip graduate students with new and expanded scientific knowledge and laboratory techniques;
Critical Thinking Skills: strengthen students’ critical thinking through innovative curricula, cutting-edge research, program activities, and campus workshops and seminars;
Scientific Communication Skills: develop students’ abilities to generate and communicate ideas and methodologies to answer some of the world’s most challenging and cutting-edge scientific questions through multidisciplinary scientific collaborations; and
Professional Development Skills: support and develop students’ personal and professional skills.
TWO CAMPUSES, ONE PROGRAM
Students may study, conduct research, and attend research seminars and professional development workshops on either of Scripps Research’s campuses: La Jolla, California and Jupiter, Florida. The latest broadcasting technologies and pedagogical tools are employed to ensure connectivity, communication, and interaction between students and faculty on the two campuses.
A key feature of Scripps Research’s graduate program is the ability for students to completely customize their experience across conventional boundaries. New students can customize their curriculum to consist of diverse courses aligned with their research interests, while also selecting lab rotations that impart laboratory experience in more than one research area. Students can also customize the focus of their thesis research to gain exposure to any discipline of their choosing.
In the process of completing an online application, all applicants are asked to submit a Statement of Purpose and Research Statement. These narratives are important, as applications are considered overwhelmingly based on a student’s scientific interests, previous research experience, and a statement of purpose that demonstrates a developed sense of professional direction, persistence and motivation. For important tips and guidance as to the recommended content and focus of these statements, please visit the Written Narratives page.
Once prospective students submit an online application, the following supplemental materials must be submitted by the annual December 1 deadline in order for an application to be considered complete:
- Transcripts: Transcripts may be submitted online with application materials. For the purpose of applying, official transcripts are not required and an electronic copy of a transcript or a university generated web printout is preferred (must be official records from the university or college attended). Hand-typed listings of courses prepared by the applicant will not be considered. Official transcripts documenting the degree awarded at each college and/or university will be required prior to enrollment.
- TOEFL: If applicable, international students must submit evidence of proficiency in English. Request Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores from ETS. The institution code for the TOEFL is 4651. No department code is necessary.
- Recommendation Letters: A minimum of three letters of recommendation from faculty or employers who can assess your research intensity and drive, your perseverance and independence in the lab, your creative contributions to the design and progress on a research project, and how quickly you assimilate to new ideas and embrace alternate approaches to a problem. Of particular interest to Scripps Research’s doctoral program are letters from research advisors or research supervisors with direct knowledge of your previous laboratory research experience. Each recommender’s contact information should be submitted online with your application.
As of 2020, Scripps Research has decided to make the submission of GRE scores for both the general and subject-specific exams optional. The admissions committee will make no assumptions if a GRE score is omitted from an application. However, we will still consider GRE scores if they are submitted, and such scores may be helpful in the context of the applicant’s entire portfolio.