Admissions

Statement of Non-Discrimination

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, national origin, covered veteran status, disability, ancestry or any other characteristic protected by law in employment, admissions, participation in its programs, services and activities, and selection of vendors who provide services or products to UMMS. Further, UMMS is firmly committed to ensuring that all who work, study, visit or seek treatment here may do so in an environment free of harassment and/or discrimination. 

Further information is available at http://www.umassmed.edu/dio/equal-opportunity/

Questions concerning this notice can be directed to the Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion. Questions concerning Title IX may be directed to the designated campus Title IX Officer. Either can be reached at: 

University of Massachusetts Medical School 
55 Lake Avenue North (S1-710)   
Worcester, MA 01655 
Office Phone: 508 856-2179 
Fax: 508 856-1810 

Applications and Admissions

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School comprises several programs of study.

Umbrella Admissions Programs

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 

Clinical & Population Health Research PhD

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.

MD/PhD

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.

Millennium PhD

Physicians who are interested in obtaining a PhD in basic biomedical, translational or clinical science should submit an application to the Millennium PhD program.

MS in Clinical Investigation

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.

Pathway to Graduate Study 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.

Requirements

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. 

Recommended Prerequisites

  • Mathematics – One year of calculus, including differential and integral calculus; 
  • Biology – One year of basic course(s) in general biology, zoology or botany 
  • Chemistry – One year of general chemistry and one year of organic chemistry 
  • Biochemistry – One course of general biochemistry 
  • Physics – One year of general physics 
  • English – All applicants must have proficiency in reading and writing in the English language. Applicants whose language of instruction has not been English must supply their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) results. A score above 250 on the computer test or 600 on the paper test or 100 on the internet-based test is recommended.

Application for Admission

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.

Required Documents

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

  • Completed application for admission. Applicants must apply online
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended*
  • Results of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) in verbal, quantitative and analytical writing.* The UMMS code number is 3936. No department code is needed. Details may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service, GRE www.gre.org
  • Results of the TOEFL or IELTS if you do not have a degree from a school where the language of instruction is English.* 
  • 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.
  • Application fee of $80.
  • Applications cannot be considered until all of these materials have been received.

*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.

Recuiting Weekends

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 PharmacologyBioinformatics & Computational BiologyCancer BiologyImmunology & MicrobiologyInterdisciplinaryNeuroscience, and Translational Science

Statement of Non-Discrimination

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, national origin, covered veteran status, disability, ancestry or any other characteristic protected by law in employment, admissions, participation in its programs, services and activities, and selection of vendors who provide services or products to UMMS. Further, UMMS is firmly committed to ensuring that all who work, study, visit or seek treatment here may do so in an environment free of harassment and/or discrimination.

Further information is available at http://www.umassmed.edu/dio/equal-opportunity/

Questions concerning this notice can be directed to the Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion. Questions concerning Title IX may be directed to the designed campus Title IX Officer. Either can be reached at:

University of Massachusetts Medical School 
55 Lake Avenue North (S1-710) 
Worcester, MA 01655 
Office Phone: 508 856-2179 
Fax: 508 856-1810

 

Admissions Processes & Application Requirements

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. However, each program has unique requirements. 

Click through the links below to explore individual program admissions requirements.

Basic & Biomedical Sciences PhD 
Includes the following programs:

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
  • Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Immunology & Microbiology
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Neuroscience
  • Translational Science

Clinical & Population Health Research PhD 
Health Sciences Preparatory Program
MD/PhD 
Millennium PhD
MS in Clinical Investigation 
Pathway to Graduate Study Program

Programs of Study in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

The programs within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences train students in their selected specialty area and emphasize a broad background in the basic medical sciences, in preparation for research with direct relevance to human disease. 

Doctoral Degree Programs

Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology
Cancer Biology
Clinical & Population Health Research
Immunology & Microbiology
Interdisciplinary
MD/PhD
Millennium PhD
Neuroscience
Translational Science

Master of Science Degree Program

Clinical Investigation

Preparatory Programs 

Health Sciences Preparatory Program
Pathway to Graduate Study

Outreach Programs

Summer Undergraduate Research Program
High School Health Careers Program
Summer Enrichment Program
Worcester Pipeline Collaborative

Program Review Procedures

GSBS Program Review.pdf

Transfer of Credits

The GSBS at UMMS does not allow for transfer of credits.

Transfer from another School

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UMMS does not accept transfer students. Students wishing to become matriculated at UMMS must apply for admission, and must receive favorable review from the Admissions Committee. This process could be expedited if needed, such that review, admission and matriculation could occur off-cycle. Students admitted to the program would have to meet all requirements, though some flexibility can be granted on a case-by-case basis regarding waivers for specific course work or for laboratory rotations. Transfer credits will not be given. Matriculated students must pass the UMMS GSBS qualifying exam; this is not negotiable.

Criminal Background Checks

Applicants to the Clinical and Population Health Research Program are conditionally accepted, in part, pending a satisfactory background check.  If the school receives a positive response, the matter will be referred to the Committee to Review Criminal Background Checks according to the school’s “Procedure for Reviewing and Acting Upon Criminal Background Checks.”

Technical Standards for Admission & Graduation

The following technical standards specify those attributes the faculty considers necessary for pre-doctoral or doctoral study at UMMS GSBS and therefore, are pre-requisites for admission, progression and completion.

A student must possess aptitude, abilities, and skills in five areas:

  1. Observation
  2. Communication
  3. Sensory and Motor Function
  4. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities
  5. Behavioral and Social

More detailed descriptions of these standards are available in the GSBS Student Handbook.

Accommodations and use of an intermediary

While accommodations can be made for some disabilities, applicants and students must be able to perform the duties of a student and researcher in an independent manner.

For more information see UMMS policies on Equal Opportunity and Americans with Disabilities Act.

The use of an intermediary would result in the mediation of a student's judgment by another person's powers of selection and observation. Therefore, the use of an intermediary to assist the student in meeting the technical standards for admission, continuation or completion would mean that a student’s judgment is mediated by another individual and thus is not permitted.

Frequently Asked Questions for Admissions to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has a number of programs of study each with its own Frequently Asked Questions related to admissions.

Click through the links below to explore individual program admissions requirements including Frequently Asked Questions.

Basic & Biomedical Sciences PhD 
Inlcudes the following programs:

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
  • Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Immunology & Microbiology
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Neuroscience
  • Translational Science

Clinical & Population Health Research PhD 
Health Sciences Preparatory Program
MD/PhD 
Millennium PhD
MS in Clinical Investigation 
Pathway to Graduate Study Program