Biomedical Science Graduate Program

Admission Information



When Applying first select "Biomedical Science Program" and then select from "Major" your research track of interest. 

Applications are submitted electronically at All application materials should be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

  • A $45 non-refundable application fee is required for U.S Citizens or U.S. permanent resident card holders. 
  • A $75 non-refundable application fee is required for international students.

Applications are considered for Fall Semester entrance only. Priority application deadline is December 15th. International applicants should also have completed their current program by May 1. 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 labs.  

For more information on the graduate admission process, go to

Degree Requirements

Applicants must hold an earned 4 year 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. 

A Master’s degree is not required to apply to a PhD program. 

Laboratory research is highly recommended for all applicants. 

GRE Requirement

We are waiving the GRE requirement for the fall 2024 application cycle. 

Proof of English Language Proficient 

International applicants will need to submit English Proficiency Scores (See Below). The University of Toledo institution code is 1845. Scores should be no more than 2 years old.

All international applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency. The following exceptions apply:

  • Proof of citizenship from one of these countries.
  • Successful completion of a US Bachelor's or Master's degree.
  • Successful completion of at least 24 credit hours of academic study at a US college or university. 

Any request for a waiver of the English language proficiency requirement must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office with supporting documentation and will be reviewed for approval. 

Questions regarding the English language proficiency: Contact College of Graduate Studies 419.530.4723 or


Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. The online application process will provide you with the opportunity to send electronic requests to your recommenders.

Statement of Purpose

Applicants are required to provide a statement of purpose that highlights academic and research training prior to application. Applicants should discuss future career goals and why they are interested in UToledo.


Applicants are required to submit a resume/curriculum vitae.

Ph.D. in Biomedical science:

  • Bioinformatics & Biomarkers (Department of Neurosciences)
  • Cancer Biology (Department of Cell and Cancer Biology)
  • Molecular Medicine (Department of Physiology & Pharmacology)
  • Medical Microbiology & Immunology (Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology)
  • Neurosciences and Neurological Disorders (Department of Neurosciences)

Master of Science in Biomedical sciences:

  • Bioinformatics and Proteomics/Genomics
  • Biomarkers and Diagnostics (Professional Science Masters)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Dual Degrees:

  • Doctor of Medicine & Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Science*
  • Doctor of Medicine & Master of Science in Biomedical Science*

*Students must be accepted into the MD program first to be eligible for the dual degree

Graduate Certificates:

  • Biomarkers and Bioinformatics

The objective of the University of Toledo is to increase opportunities for persons with disabilities, while maintaining the expectation that all students achieve the goals of our programs. The technical standards for admission establish the expectations and abilities considered essential for students admitted to the Ph.D./M.S. in Biomedical Science program in order to achieve the level of competency required for graduation.  All students must have at the time of admission, and demonstrate throughout their course of study, a fundamental respect for truth and a commitment to honest reporting of experimental results.

In addition, all students admitted to the Ph.D./M.S. in Biomedical Science program are expected to be able to demonstrate the abilities below:

  • must have the mental capacity to assimilate, within a reasonable time, a large amount of scientific information in the area of biomedical sciences
  • must have the ability to communicate effectively with all persons involved in graduate training; where such training involves interacting with additional persons (e.g., patients or volunteers for experiments), an effective level of communication skill is similarly required
  • must be able to master concepts, show evidence of a reasonable level of deductive reasoning, and be able to acquire the essential skills needed for presentation of research data
  • must possess sufficient postural control, neuromuscular control and eye-to-hand control to independently use standard laboratory/medical/surgical instruments
  • must have the ability to independently perform, at a reasonable level, all laboratory or other manipulations required for research leading to the Ph.D. or M.S. in Biomedical Sciences degree

Candidates are urged to ask questions about the program’s technical standards for clarification and to determine whether they can meet the requirements.  Questions may be directed to the program director.  Revealing a disability is voluntary; however, such disclosure is necessary before any accommodations may be considered in the learning environment or in the program’s procedures. 

Information about disabilities is handled in a confidential manner. Reasonable accommodations will be made to qualified applicants with a disability in such circumstances and on such terms as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Reasonable accommodations require program and institutional approval.  Requests for accommodations must be submitted in writing, allowing sufficient time prior to matriculation for action on these requests, pursuant to Policy 01-061 Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability, Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance.

College of Graduate Studies (COGS)

For specific information about the status of your application, as well as other inquiries about general application requirements, you may contact COGS at (419) 530-4723 or

Office of Registrar

 The Office of the Registrar provides services related to students’ academic records. The office can help with registration, transcripts, and graduation. Health Science Campus Registrar office is located on the 1st floor of the Mulford Library. Feel free to email the Office of the Registrar at

Office of International Students & Scholar Services (OISSS) 

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) provides assistance and services to international students at The University of Toledo, helping students transition to life at UToledo and in the United States. Serves as a resource for orientation, visa requirements, on-campus and off-campus housing, banking, and international student health insurance.

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Ph.D. students (domestic and international) in good standing are eligible to receive a full tuition scholarship, stipend that is at the National Institutes of Health/National Research Service award level (stipends increase to $28,000 per year starting fall 2022), and health insurance (new for fall 2022). Ph.D. students are not required to be teaching assistants to receive the tuition scholarship and stipend, although teaching experiences are available to interested students.

Master level students who enter the program in good standing are eligible for tuition scholarship, health insurance, and living stipends ($14,000 per year).

Full tuition scholarships for Ohio residents are also available to students in the B.S./M.S. pipeline and P.S.M degree programs in Bioinformatics & Proteomics/Genomics, through the state’s Choose Ohio First Scholarship program.


For Additional Information:

Please contact:
Kandace J. Williams, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for COMLS Graduate Programs
University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
3000 Arlington Ave.
Toledo, OH 43614
Office: Mulford Library Room 121
Telephone: 419.383.4135

Last Updated: 1/4/24