General Info

  • Faculty working with students: 60
  • Students: 29
  • Part time study available: No
  • Application Terms: Fall
  • Application Deadline: November 30
Application Info


Monica Franklin
Program Coordinator
CBB Graduate Program
Duke University
Box 90090
Durham, NC 27708

Phone: 919-668-1049



Program Description

The mission of the Graduate Program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CBB) is to train predoctoral students to become leaders at the interdisciplinary intersection of quantitative and biomedical sciences. The program provides rigorous training in quantitative approaches from computer science, statistics, mathematics, physics, and engineering that enable its students to successfully address contemporary challenges across biology and medicine.  CBB trains students who have an interest and aptitude in both the computational and biological sciences. During their time in the program, students develop expertise in one or more quantitative areas, as well as in the specific biological area on which their research focuses.

Certificate in CBB

For students enrolled in other Ph.D. or masters programs of participating departments, the program also offers the opportunity to pursue a certificate in CBB. Students qualify for a CBB certificate by successfully completing two core courses plus an additional CBB course. Registration for the Computational Biology seminar every semester except the semester of graduation is also required.


Application Information

Application Terms Available: Fall

Application Deadline: November 30

Graduate School Application Requirements
See the Application Instructions page for important details about each Graduate School requirement.

  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts required with application submission; official transcripts required upon admission
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required
  • Résumé: Required
  • GRE Scores: GRE General (Optional)
  • English Language Exam: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test required* for applicants whose first language is not English
    *test waiver may apply for some applicants
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA calculated on 4.0 scale required

Department-Specific Application Requirements (submitted through online application)

Writing Sample
None required

Additional Components
Optional Video Essay: How would a Duke PhD training experience help you achieve your academic and professional goals? Max video length 2 minutes; record externally and provide URL in application.

We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying: Departmental Application Guidance