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What is the BBH Program Looking for?

We conduct a fully holistic review and are looking for:

  • Academic Potential

    • Grades, GREs, comments in letters, etc.

  • Research Potential

    • Experiences, accomplishments; Research interests, comments in letters and personal statement about aptitude, etc.

  • Alignment

    • Are your training goals and interests aligned with what we offer?

    • A BA or BS degree in a relevant field; some coursework with statistics/research methods

  • Other

    • Motivation, grit, perseverance, etc.

    • How might you contribute to the department in terms of diversity, positivity, etc.

What is required? What kinds of applicants are competitive?

The GRE is required* (*see below for Fall 2020 exceptions possible). Although we do not currently have a formal cut-off, individuals without scores above 50% in all three domains of the GRE will be at a disadvantage in being considered competitive. However, we do not focus on the GRE exclusively by any means. We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications, looking carefully at grades, coursework, letters of recommendation, the personal statement, and other factors (such as past experience). Again, with grades there is no official cut-off; competitive applicants typically have overall GPAs of 3.5 or above. There is no specific coursework we look for, except for some basic training in statistics and research methods (e.g., Introduction to Statistics); rather, we are looking for a fit to our department, which is interdisciplinary. Although some of our applicants also have Master's level work, this is certainly not necessary. Given our interdisciplinary nature, A BA or BS degree in many different domains would be relevant (e.g., Psychology, Neuroscience, Health Promotion, Biology, Microbiology, Epidemiology, Biobehavioral Health, or others).

**For those applying in the Fall of 2020, due to issues related to the pandemic the GRE will be strongly recommended but not required. One of the reasons we strongly recommend the GRE is that GRE scores are needed to be competitive for certain University-level fellowships and scholarships. We also value taking the GRE into account as part of a full, holistic review process, given that any one given indicator of success (e.g., grades) can be of limited value. However, we recognize that access issues and/or financial issues may prevent applicants from taking the GRE and that such issues may be particularly challenging this year.