FAQs


Q. When is the application deadline?
A. December 1.

 

Q. Can I apply online?
A. Yes, all applications must be submitted online.

 

Q. Is there an application fee?
A. The application fee is $75, which is due before we can begin processing your application.

 

Q. Is the TOEFL required?
A. Yes, for those students whose native language is not English, or who have not recently earned a degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.

 

Q. What is the Institution code for TOEFL score submission?
A. Institution Code: 2927, department code 0213.

 

Q. May I submit IELTS results?
A. Yes, for those students whose native language is not English, or who have not recently earned a degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.  IELTS results must be sent electronically to the University of Pittsburgh by the University of Cambridge.

 

Q. How are graduate students supported?
A. All students are fully supported while they are in graduate school. The current annual stipend is $30,855 plus tuition remission and health care.

 

Q. How many students enter the CNUP program each year?
A. We strive to matriculate approximately 12-15 students annually.

 

Q. What does the CNUP's admissions committee look for in the applications to the graduate training program?
A. Four variables are considered in the initial evaluation. By far the most important is prior research experience; we generally do not consider an applicant who has not yet spent some time in a research laboratory. Also important are letters of reference (especially from a research mentor), statement of goals, and courses and grades (especially in natural sciences). Promising applicants currently residing in North America are invited for an interview on campus. Those applicants residing outside of North America may be selected for telephone interviews.

 

Q. What is the typical profile of grades of students accepted into the CNUP program?
A. Our students typically have at least a QPA of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale). 

 

Q. Does the CNUP have an MS program?
A. No.