- Featured Research Communities
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School comprises several programs of study.
Students wishing to undertake basic biomedical or translational research typically apply for admission to the GSBS through our umbrella admissions process. The programs available through this pathway include:
When you apply to the Umbrella Admissions program, you will ultimately select one of these graduate programs as your home. However, our faculty's research programs are highly collaborative comprising many interdisciplinary research communities. We highlight several of these research communities here.
Applicants interested in the Clinical & Population Health Research (CPHR) program typically hold a master's in public health and should apply specifically for admission to the CPHR.
Students who are interested in the MD/PhD program should submit an application to the School of Medicine through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). After receipt of the AMCAS application, candidates will receive a supplementary MD/PhD application. Only the MCAT is required for application.
Physicians who are interested in obtaining a PhD in basic biomedical, translational or clinical science should submit an application to the Millennium PhD program.
Medical students or physicians who are interested in obtaining a master's degree in translational or clinical sciences should submit an application to the MSCI program.
Students 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 related social science, but who seek to enhance their academic preparedness and research experience prior to embarking on a PhD should apply for admission to the PGSP.
With the exception of the Health Sciences Preparatory and Pathway to Graduate Study Programs, all admissions take place through an admission process in which successful applicants are admitted to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, rather than a specific program.
Each candidate for admission is expected to have a bachelor’s degree in one of the physical or biological sciences. Senior undergraduates may be admitted pending successful completion of their baccalaureate programs. While no minimum grade point average is required, students applying for admission should have demonstrated strong performance in their undergraduate studies, particularly in their scientific coursework. Additionally, applicants are expected to have had significant lab research experience.
Successful applicants are admitted to the Basic & Biomedical Sciences (BBS) division of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), rather than to a specific PhD program. The BBS Graduate Admissions Committee, comprising GSBS faculty and students, is responsible for the initial selection of applicants for interview. The wider GSBS faculty will evaluate applicants who are invited to visit for interviews. International applicants are not required to visit UMMS but may be interviewed using tele- or video-conferencing. Accepted applicants will receive official notification from the dean. No other statements, verbal or in writing, will constitute acceptance into the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
A complete application for admission must include all of the following:
*Applicants are required to upload transcripts (official or unofficial) within the application process. GRE and TOEFL (or IELTS) scores should be entered on the application. Official transcripts and score reports are required only if and when applicants matriculate as students.
Each year, the Basic & Biomedical Science programs* of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences sponsor Recruiting Weekends on campus to host highly-qualified applicants in order to interview them and allow them to meet the people and see the facilities of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. To be eligible for an invitation to the Recruiting Weekends, applicants must be a U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or visa holders residing in the United States or Puerto Rico at the time of the Recruiting Weekends. The cost of travel, lodging, and meals are paid by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Invitations to attend the Recruiting Weekends are typically communicated to applicants between the middle of December and the end of January. The Recruiting Weekends are typically held during January and February.
Participation in a Recruiting Weekend or an alternate visit is a required component of the application process and therefore those invited applicants who decline the opportunity to visit campus and participate in interviews will have their applications withdrawn by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
*Basic & Biomedical Science Programs include, Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Cancer Biology, Immunology & Microbiology, Interdisciplinary, Neuroscience, and Translational Science
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