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i-biomed-admission.jpgPrerequisites for Admission

Applicants should have:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • For international students without a degree from an accredited US academic institution, a TOEFL score minimum of 250 computer or 100 internet is required. Note: this is higher than required by the Graduate School.
  • Graduate Record Exam scores (general test)

Course prerequisites:

  • One year of mathematics, including introductory calculus
  • One year of physics
  • One year of biology
  • Two years of chemistry, including an organic chemistry sequence

Exceptions

Exceptions to these prerequisites may be made for applicants planning to join the Structural and Quantitative Area of Concentration who are pursuing computer-intensive or chemistry-intensive areas of research focus. In these instances, prerequisites normally are:

For computer-intensive areas of research focus

  • One year of mathematics, including introductory calculus
  • One year of physics
  • Two years of chemistry including an organic chemistry sequence
  • A computer language course or demonstrated programming expertise

For chemistry–intensive areas of research focus

  • One year of mathematics, including introductory calculus
  • One year of physics
  • One year of biology OR two or more quarters of biochemistry
  • Two years of chemistry including an organic chemistry sequence
  • One year of physical chemistry

All prospective students must submit one official (not a copy) transcript from each institution attended. Under special circumstances, deficiencies in prerequisites may be waived or corrective measures may be arranged by action of the Admissions Committee.

Waiver of Program Requirements

Students may petition for exemption from all or part of the core curriculum (Year One). Petitions may also be submitted for waiver of credit for previous graduate courses taken in another accredited program. Course credit of up to 6 hours may be waived providing: (1) the grade attained in each course is a B or above; (2) the course was taken by the student within five years of the actual waiver; and (3) the course relates to the area of concentration chosen in this program. Petitions for obtaining credit for laboratory experiences may be made, subject to the same credit-hour limitations and time constraints as for courses.

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Application materials should not be sent to the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program.

Please follow the steps listed below.

Visit the Graduate School or University Center for International Education websites to apply online.  Do not send any documents by mail.  All material should be sent electronically or uploaded.

Follow the instructions on the form, using the following notes and additions to guide you.

  • Enrollment Date: Admission to the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program is for the following Fall semester only.
  • Personal Information: Include your email address in addition to other information.
  • Academic Information:
    • Your selected program (line 3) is Biomedical Sciences/481.
    • On line 4 (major/concentration), put the Biomedical Sciences Area of Concentration that most interests you. If you have a more specific interest, a research area, professor, department, etc., indicate that also.
    • If you are applying as a part time or an M.D./Ph.D. degree seeking student, use the Personal Comments section of the form to elaborate. To be considered for the M.D./Ph.D. program you must apply to, and be accepted by both the Boonshoft School of Medicine and the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program. You must submit your applications through both the Graduate School and Boonshoft School of Medicine.
  • References:
    Three persons acquainted with your work must submit a Biomedical Sciences Program Recommendation Form and a letter on your behalf. The letter should explain how the person knows you and evaluate your readiness for graduate school (quality of work, maturity and motivation).  Download: Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program Recommendation Form (Word Doc)
  • Statement of Objectives:
    Write a one-page letter to the Director of the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program. In it, give details about your:
    • Interest(s) in science
    • Accomplishments in science
    • Other interests, aptitudes or accomplishments that indicate you are prepared for graduate study
    • Specific interest in this program
    • Goal(s)
  • International Applicants: Please visit the University Center for International Education website to review international student admission requirements, international applications and additional language, VISA and financial requirements.

Complete applications are considered by the Admissions Committee beginning in January of each calendar year. Either telephone or on-site interviews are scheduled at the discretion of the committee.

All materials are due by March 1 for consideration for the following academic fall semester.