Molecular Medicine & Mechanism of Disease (M3D)
THE M3D APPLICATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR NEW APPLICATIONS. THE APPLICATION FOR 2020 ADMISSION WILL OPEN ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2019.
The M3D Ph.D. Program trains students to use advances in basic sciences to solve problems relevant to human disease; and to use insights from human disease to processes to solve fundamental biological problems. Three core courses focus on mechanism of disease, the impact of basic science on medicine, and human genetics, providing a rigorous intellectual foundation. Each student participates in Chief of Medicine rounds, and in a mentored clinical rotation, in the broad area of human genetics or in a more focused area relevant to the student’s thesis research. Students also choose electives reflecting their own interests from the deep and varied menu offered by UW basic science and engineering departments. Thesis research is supervised by two mentors, one a basic scientist and the other a clinician scientist. Students complement their experimental work with exposure to relevant problems in the clinic. The M3D Program is designed for students to complete Ph.D. training in five years, ready to take the next step in careers in academia, biotech, the pharmaceutical industry, education, publishing and public policy.
The UW M3D PhD program no longer requires GRE scores. If you anticipate GRE scores will be useful to the Admissions Committee in evaluating your applications, you are welcome to submit them. However, screening and interview decisions will not be made based on GRE scores.
Applications to the M3D PhD program are reviewed holistically. Multiple members of the Admissions Committee review every application, with attention given to the following impressions from your application materials (personal statement, resume/CV, letters of reference, and academic record):
- research preparation & potential;
- fit to the research interests of the Program;
- long-term goals;
- academic preparation.
We encourage all applicants to learn more about the M3D PhD program by reviewing the research interests of our faculty and students. In addition, to learn more about graduate studies at UW, please see our self-guided, online resource (U501) and the BioPHilmD YouTube channel. Please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Applying to the M3D PhD Program
1. Create an application online through the University of Washington Graduate School website.
- Select “Pathology” from the menu of departments and programs. The interdisciplinary M3D program is based in the Department of Pathology
- Complete all sections of the application
- Upload unofficial transcripts
- Letters of reference: the application will ask you to identify those who will be submitting letters on your behalf and provide their email addresses. The application system will contact them automatically with instructions about how to submit their letters. Be sure you contact them first to confirm that they are willing and able to provide a recommendation.
2. Pay the application fee online using a Mastercard or Visa debit/credit card. For current information about the fee and fee waivers, please see the Graduate School Application Information page. Please note that the fee is assessed by the Graduate School, not the M3D program. The M3D program therefore cannot approve fee waivers–all requests must be made directly to the Graduate School.
3. For international or ESL applicants only, a Certified TOEFL Score Report must be submitted directly by ETS. The UW Institution Code is 4854.
4. All materials must be received by December 2, 2019
5. Top candidates will be invited to visit the M3D PhD Program and interview with our faculty.
6. The first round of admissions decisions will be made in late February or early March 2020
The Molecular Medicine and Mechanism of Disease (M3D) Ph.D. Program is committed to recruiting diverse participants, including students with a broad spectrum of scientific interests, students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, students with physical or mental impairments that limit any major life activity, and students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Addition information about resources for student applicants with disabilities is available on the (DRS) website: http://depts.washington.edu/uwdrs/
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• Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity
• Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP)
• Center for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (CEDI)
• Graduate School Diversity
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Printable Recruitment Flyers
2019 M3D recruitment flier final
2019 Molecular Medicine & Mechanisms of Disease Flyer (Large Print)