Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program


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Prerequisites 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 U.S. academic institution, a TOEFL IBT score of 100 or an IELTS score of 7.5 is required.

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 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

You 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 six 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.

How to Apply

Application materials should not be sent to the biomedical sciences Ph.D. program.

Please follow the steps listed below.

Visit the Graduate School or International Admissions websites to apply online.

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

Enrollment Date: Application deadline is March 1st.  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.

Three persons acquainted with your work must submit a biomedical sciences program recommendation form (DOCX) 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).  

Statement of Objectives:
Write a one-page letter to the director of the biomedical sciences Ph.D. pProgram. 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 international admissions 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.

Deadline is March 1st.  Complete applications are reviewed in the order of receipt. Application review begins in late January.  After March 1st, contact before submitting an application.