Recruitment Efforts

The Office of Graduate Student Affairs and the multitude of graduate programs at the School of Medicine collaborate on recruitment efforts and inquiries. CMP representatives (current students and the Program Director) regularly attend national and international meetings targeting diverse populations of undergraduate students such as SACNAS and ABRCMS.

The CMP program also  participates in a Virtual Grad School Fair through CareerEco Virtual Events, which helps the CMP graduate program reach a larger audience year round.

We seek to recruit excellence

The CMP Admissions committee takes a balanced approach in evaluating applicants. A strong academic record and stellar test scores are important factors that can be re-enforced or balanced by excellent prior research experience as discussed in the applicant’s personal statement and letters from research mentors. Our typical class size is 2-3 students.

Admission Requirements

December 8 is the deadline for the receipt of ALL application materials for August admission into the CMP program.

The requirements for the application are as follows:

  • Completed Online Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Interest and Career Objectives
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Application Fee

Curriculum Vitae

The C.V. should outline your academic, research, professional, and volunteer activities that prepared you for a PhD in physiology. You may wish to additionally highlight honors awarded, leadership and/or service efforts pursued, extramural activities demonstrating perseverance, and/or contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Statement of Interest and Career Objectives

The one-page Statement of Interest and Career Objectives should succinctly describe your motivations for pursuing a graduate degree, your scientific preparation, and your long-term career goals. It should include a concise description of your most substantive research experience, outline your research interest, and describe why the CMP program is a good fit for you. 

Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation to be submitted through the online application system. Letters are a critically important component of your application. Choose faculty-level advocates who know you and can comment on your aptitude and promise for independent research. Letters from research and/or academic supervisors are most valuable to the admissions committee.

At the time of entry into the program, you must have completed a Bachelor’s or higher degree from a qualified university or college. Regardless of the degree major, applicants are expected to have taken physics, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, and calculus. 

Foreign applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language Exam (TOEFL) unless their undergraduate degree was obtained from an English speaking university or college.

NOTE: GRE scores are no longer required and if submitted, will not be used in our decision-making process!

Vivien Thomas PhD Scholars

The Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI) is a new endowed fellowship program at Johns Hopkins for PhD students in STEM fields. It provides full tuition, stipend, and benefits while also providing targeted mentoring, networking, community, and professional development opportunities. Students who have attended a historically black college and university (HBCU) or other minority serving institution (MSI) for undergraduate study are eligible to apply. More information about the VTSI program is available at this link: To be considered for the VTSI, all components of the PhD program application, including the VTSI supplemental components must be completed by December 1, 2023. All supplementary application material including letters of recommendation also must be received by December 1.

How to Apply

To ensure that all required documents are properly submitted, closely follow the directions found at Graduate Program Application Instructions. Click below to Apply:

When applying for our program you can also apply for up to four PhD programs in JHU-SOM and pay for only one application fee.

New Need-based Relocation Grants for Incoming PhD Students

We recognize that it can be financially burdensome to relocate to a new city to attend a PhD program. Students who are admitted to PhD programs at JHU can apply to receive a $1500 need-based grant to offset the costs of relocating to JHU. These grants provide funding to a portion of incoming students who, without this money, may otherwise not be able to afford to relocate to JHU for their PhD program.

This is not a merit-based grant. Applications will be evaluated solely based on financial need.

For more information, visit the Office of the Provost webpage on Need-based Relocation Grants for Incoming PhD Students