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Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) Admissions Requirements

US citizens and Permanent Residents who have achieved sound pre-doctoral academic performance in the biological and physical sciences, or who have received a masters degree in public health or in a related social science, but who seek to enhance their academic preparedness and research experience prior to embarking on a PhD, are eligible for admission to the Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Specific eligibility requirements as stipulated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are detailed are below.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  1. Be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Be a member of a group considered underrepresented in the biomedical sciences as defined by the NIH to include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (socially, culturally, economically, or educationally). Applications are especially encouraged from students who are Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander.
  3. Have received their bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, prior to the start of the program, but no more than 3 years prior to starting the PREP.
  4. Not be concurrently enrolled in a degree program.
  5. Intend to pursue doctoral study in the biomedical sciences and will apply to biomedically relevant Ph.D. programs the fall of the PREP year.


A complete application for admission must include all of the following:

  1. Completed application for admission.
  2. Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended*
  3. Graduate Record Exams (GRE) are not required. We strongly recommend that program participants take the GRE during the PREP year in preparation for application to PhD programs.
  4. Results of the TOEFL or IELTS if you do not have a degree from a school where the language of instruction is English.* 
  5. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to assess the applicant’s past academic and research performance and prospective success in graduate school. Recommenders must use the online recommendation form contained within the online application.
  6. Applications cannot be considered until all of these materials have been received.

*Applicants are required to upload unofficial transcripts as part of the application process. TOEFL or IELTS scores should be entered on the application. Incoming students must submit official transcripts to the Office of the Registrar prior to matriculation, and official TOEFL or IELTS score reports to: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Admissions, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue North, Room S1-824, Worcester, MA 01655-0002.

Application deadline is February 28.