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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, 300+ hours
  • 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. Please note all complete applications are reviewed regardless of the number of prerequisites one has taken.
    • 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 and have not earned a degree in the U.S. 
    • TOEFL: 100 or above on the internet-based test, all subsections 17 or higher 
    • IELTS: 7 or above overall, all sub scores 6.5 or higher 
  • The GRE is not required nor considered, applications are reviewed holistically 

Admission Process

  • Application and $83 fee
  • Unofficial transcripts from any college attended (stand-alone study abroad work is not required)
    • When entering coursework, if your transcript lists 1 credit for each course, it often means the course is equal to 3-4 semester or quarter hours. Please include the converted credits from the key on the back of the transcript instead of 1 credit.
    • To indicate prerequisite coursework, please choose only the one most relevant class for each selection, including in-progress coursework, if applicable.
    • Prerequisites are strongly recommended but not required. The Admissions Committee reviews each complete application regardless of how many prerequisites one has completed.
    • International applicants:
      • Please submit an unofficial course-by-course evaluation from a NACES member and note it as such on the application. This is the only transcript document required for consideration. 
      • Original foreign transcripts, diplomas, or other academic documents do not need to be included. 
      • BioMedCAS integrates with WES and will process official evaluations directly from them. For any other NACES member evaluation, please order an unofficial evaluation and upload the document or a copy.
      • Please do not list any coursework on the application.
      • Please self-report unofficial TOEFL or IELTS scores if your bachelors (or masters, if applicable) degree is completed outside the U.S.
      • The TOEFL/ IELTS requirement may be waived if the registrar at your university submits a letter to GSBSAdmissions@umassmed.edu verifying the language of instruction is English.
  • Resume 
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • At least one letter should be from someone who can assess your research skills
    • Applications will only be reviewed once all documents, including three recommendations, are submitted
  • 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 alignment with the program.

Please provide two statements in one document as follows:

    1. Personal Statement: In 500-750 words, please detail your personal experience, including academic preparedness, motivation for pursuing graduate study, any challenges that may have informed your development, what you learned, as well as why you have chosen to apply to UMass Chan. Then, please discuss your career aspirations and how attending the program 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, outcomes, what you learned, and any publications that may have resulted. Additionally, please share your research interests in graduate school, how they are aligned with our program and UMass Chan, and which faculty members’ research is of most interest. 

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

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