College of Medicine Graduate Programs

Admission Process and Admission Standards

Students wishing to apply to the Ph.D. or M.S. in Biomedical Science program will need to complete an online application and submit additional materials and an application fee as instructed on the website.

To be admitted into the Ph.D. or M.S. in Biomedical Sciences Program as a Regular Status student, applicants must hold an earned baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university, and have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Typically, applicants will have an undergraduate major in Biology or a related discipline such as Biochemistry or Biophysics.  Students with other majors such as Chemistry or Physics are encouraged to apply, but their coursework should include several semesters in biology. 

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants.  With the new GRE scoring system, scores above the 50th percentile are recommended.  In the old system, scores of 1100 (combined Verbal and Quantitative scores) and 4.0 (Analytical Writing Test) for Ph.D. applicants and 1050/4.0 for M.S. applicants are recommended. 

International students also will need to provide scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), unless they have already received a degree from a U.S. institution.  Scores above the 50th percentile are recommended.

For all applicants, laboratory research experience is highly recommended.  A Master’s degree is not required to apply to the Ph.D. program.

Applications are considered for Fall semester entrance only.  The application deadline is January 15th.  International applicants should also have completed their current degree program by May 1st.  The number of available Ph.D. and M.S. positions varies each year and depends upon faculty research funding.  Only funded faculty can accept students into their lab.

Last Updated: 6/9/16