The MDB Program at Cincinnati Children’s is part of the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Apply online on the University of Cincinnati website. Applications will be accepted September 1 through February 1 for admission in Fall semester, with a July 1 start date. While we will accept applications through February 1, interviews will be held in December and January. Offers are made on a rolling basis, so we strongly encourage you to apply early for the fullest consideration. In addition to the online application, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Applicant Information Form online by clicking here.

Application Fee

$65.00 for US applicants
$70.00 for non-US applicants

Please see the Graduate School website for details.

Personal Background Statement/Essay

Your personal background statement should be supplied electronically with your application. It should describe your academic background, research experience, motivation, career goals, and the reasons that you believe MDB at Cincinnati Children’s will be a good fit for you.

Recommendation Letters

A minimum of three Letters of Recommendation from people qualified to assess your ability to succeed in a research-intensive graduate program are required. The online application will direct you to submit names and contact information for your recommenders. Please obtain permission from your referees before submitting their names; these cannot be revised once the application is submitted. Your listed referees will receive an email with instructions for submitting letters approximately 1-2 days after you submit your online application.


Official transcripts are no longer required unless you are selected for admission. Please upload unofficial copies of your transcripts in the University of Cincinnati’s Graduate School Application portal. For more information click here.


After preliminary screening of all applications, selected applicants may be scheduled for an all-expenses-paid interview in Cincinnati. The interview serves as an opportunity for the applicant to meet faculty and graduate students, to see the program's research facilities, and for members of the Program to evaluate the prospective student. Applicants may also be requested to participate in a webcam/Skype interview if it is difficult for them to visit Cincinnati.

Watch: The Interview Experience