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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Graduate School Application Process

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Application Steps

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  • Create a NEW APPLICATION*. Application materials will be saved and you will be able to return to them until your application is complete. If you forget your username, email gradappboss@bcm.edu from the email account used on the application. If you forget your password, click the "Forgot Password" button on the login page. Please do not create additional/duplicate applications. Applications do not transfer from one year to another.  You will need to complete a new application if you decide to apply for a different year.
  • Applicants must select at least one graduate program but may select two programs for consideration. This enables applicants to maximize their possibilities and find the right program fit. We encourage applicants to apply early and list two programs. If the first program you list is unable to accept your application, it will automatically be sent to the second for consideration.
  • LOGIN to your EXISTING APPLICATION*. To return to your saved application, use the username and password you created when you started your application.
  • Check your APPLICATION STATUS*. Once you have submitted your application, the Status Page allows you to follow the receipt of letters of recommendation, transcripts, standardized test scores, and the current stage of your application. 

Our application for the 2020-21 academic year is now closed. Our application for the 2021-22 academic year will open Sept. 1, 2020."

*The GRE is optional for those applying to the Neuroscience or Quantitative & Computational Biosciences programs. 

Personal Interviews

Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for an interview between December and January. Interviews typically take place January through February, depending on the program. 

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Detailed Instructions

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  • Submit all of your information using the online application and ask your recommenders to submit their assessment and recommendations on-line as well. With the exception of official transcripts, supporting documents should be uploaded into the application system. Items received by mail will not be processed.
  • The deadline for submitting your application to begin school in July 2021 is Jan. 1, 2021. Applications received by Dec. 1, 2020, will be considered for early review and are strongly encouraged. Offers of admission are usually made February through April. Applicants must accept offers by April 15.
  • Follow all instructions carefully as incomplete information may delay the processing of your application. Fields can be edited and entries can be cut and pasted from a word processing program. The on-line application asks for contact, demographic information, a personal statement, academic history, transcripts, standardized test scores, research and work experience, a research statement, honors and publications, and the contact information of three-four individuals who can provide a letter of recommendation. Once an application is submitted, you can only make changes by contacting gradappboss@bcm.edu. Further details are available in the requirements section.
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Diversity Programs

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We view fostering diversity and inclusion as a prerequisite for accomplishing our institutional mission and promoting scientific innovation. The graduate school Diversity Program includes initiatives for underrepresented minorities who are currently undergraduate college students, recent college graduates, current Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers.

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Ph.D. Programs

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Our interdisciplinary programs integrate related research across basic science and clinical departments and academic centers. During the application process, you will be asked to select your first and second choice program. Explore all our Ph.D. programs to find the one that is right for you.

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