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PhD Biomedical Sciences Admission Requirements

Successful applicants are admitted into the umbrella PhD program and participate in three rotations in research areas prior to choosing their specific program and area.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants are required to have:

  • A bachelor’s degree earned prior to matriculation 
  • Significant lab research experience
  • Prerequisite coursework:
    The following prerequisite coursework is strongly recommended, with successful applicants typically having the classes completed with a B or better prior to enrolling in the program:
    • Introduction to Biology I and II with labs
    • General Chemistry I and II with labs
    • Organic Chemistry I and II with labs
    • General Physics I and II with labs
    • Biochemistry I
    • One semester of Math, including Calculus or Statistics
    • Advanced Biology such as Genetics or Immunology
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum score requirements, for applicants whose native language is not English  
    • TOEFL: 100 or above on the internet-based test, all subsections 17 or higher 
    • IELTS: 7 or above overall, all subscores 6.5 or higher 
  • The GRE is not required nor considered, applications are reviewed holistically 

Admission Process

Complete applications contain the following, with a December 1, 11:59pm (EST) deadline: 

  • Application, $80 fee, and the documents below, through BioMedCAS
  • Unofficial transcripts from any college attended 
  • Resume 
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • At least one letter should be from someone who can assess your research skills
  • International applicants are required to submit an official course-by-course evaluation from a NACES member and unofficial TOEFL or IELTS scores.
    • Please note BioMedCAS integrates with WES and will process official evaluations directly from them. For any other NACES member evaluation, please order an official copy of the evaluation and upload a scan of the official, original transcript evaluation to your BioMedCAS application. The official copy would be required prior to matriculation.
  • Personal and Research Statements 

    The statements are a very important part of your application, used to evaluate your scientific interests, research background, knowledge, and potential fit for the program.

Please provide two statements in one document:

    1. Personal Statement: In 500-750 words, please detail your personal experience, including academic preparedness, motivation for pursuing graduate study, challenges that have informed your development and what you learned, and why you have chosen to apply to the program. Then, please discuss your career aspirations and how attending UMass Medical School will help you reach your goals.
    2. Research Statement: In 500-750 words, please discuss your research experience, including at least one project in which you were significantly involved. Please describe hypotheses tested or project goals, approaches taken, your role, the outcome, publications that may have resulted, and what you learned. Additionally, please share your research interests, how they are aligned with our program and UMass Medical School, and which faculty members’ research is of most interest to you. 

Please note all official transcripts, and English test scores if appropriate, are required prior to matriculation.