Required Application Documents
This information is for applicants to PhD, MS and Certificate programs.
The application process is entirely online. All necessary documents should be uploaded to the online application by you, your recommenders or testing services. Please do not mail, email, or fax materials to the school. Applications are reviewed as they are completed, so applicants are encouraged to submit all required materials as early as possible. Applications arriving after the deadline will be considered if positions remain available in the desired program.
To assist you with timely submission of the correct application documents, information about all of the materials you are required to submit is given below.
All degree and certificate programs require a Personal Statement. You can find your program's specific personal statement question on the Personal Statement page in the online application.
Letters of Recommendation
In the online application, you are required to submit names and email addresses of three persons willing to write letters of recommendation appraising your potential to succeed in the program to which you are applying. The application system will email online submission instructions to recommenders. Both you and the recommender will receive a confirmation email once a letter has been submitted to the online application.
Please upload a copy of your transcript from each college and/or university you have attended, regardless of whether you earned a degree. You do not need to include college courses taken in high school or exchange study courses already listed on the home institution transcript.
- If your social security number is on your transcript, black it out before scanning.
- Upload the transcript key on the back of your transcript(s). Only one key is necessary per institution.
- Transcript(s) must have your name and the school's name.
- Courses must be listed chronologically.
- Orient the pages correctly in the document before uploading.
- For all transcripts that are not in English, please upload a translated copy with the original.*
*If the issuing university is unable to provide an English translation, please submit the transcript to a verifying authority such as an education ministry, a translation service, or a NACES-member transcript evaluation service.
Official transcripts are only required if you accept an offer of admission. See Information for Accepted Applicants.
Note that students who matriculate to GSBS and have attended colleges or universities outside of the United States and Canada will be required to provide an official credential evaluation for international degrees.
GRE Test Scores
The GRE General Test is only required of applicants to the Pharmacology and Drug Development MS program in the Basic Science Division, and CTS MS and PhD applicants who do not already have a professional degree.
For Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology; Neuroscience (both at JAX and in Boston); and Molecular Microbiology (both tracks), submission of GRE scores is optional. If submitted, the GRE scores will be considered in the admission/interview decision. If not submitted, the absence of GRE scores will have no negative impact on the admission/interview decision.
Immunology and Genetics do not require the GRE and, if submitted, those Admissions Committees will not use the scores in the admission/interview decision.
All applicants for whom English is not the native language must demonstrate English proficiency in order to be considered for admission to GSBS. This requirement may be met in any of the following ways:
- Receipt of a 2- or 4-year degree from a US college or university (including schools in US territories and protectorates) before the program start date. Programs that are entirely online do not fulfill this requirement.
- Receipt of a 2- or 4-year degree from a college or university in Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Anglophone Canada, or New Zealand before the program start date. Programs that are entirely online do not fulfill this requirement.
- A score at the 50th percentile or higher on the Verbal GRE.
- A total TOEFL score of:
- 100 or higher for Basic Science PhD degrees and PhD, MS, and Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science;
- 80 or higher for the MS degree in Pharmacology and Drug Development and the Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research.
- An overall band score on the IELTS of:
- 7.0 or higher for Basic Science PhD degrees and PhD, MS, and Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science;
- 6.5 or higher for the MS degree in Pharmacology and Drug Development and the Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research.
- Completion of the ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certification.
TOEFL Test Scores
An official electronic TOEFL score report from Educational Testing Service (ETS) is required. Please have ETS send TOEFL scores directly to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences using the institution code of 3891. Any department code will suffice. The GSBS accepts MyBest™ scores for the TOEFL iBT test, in addition to TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date.
IELTS Test Scores
Please upload your IELTS Test Report Form to the online application.
There is a nonrefundable application fee of $90 for the PhD, MS, and Certificate programs. The fee may be paid by credit card or e-check as part of the application process.
GSBS offers fee waivers to applicants based on certain criteria. See more information about fee waivers.
Accepted students in the Pharmacology and Drug Development Program are required to submit a nonrefundable $1,000 enrollment deposit, which is applied to their fall semester tuition.
Accepted students in the Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research are required to submit a nonrefundable $500 enrollment deposit, which is applied to their tuition.
No other programs require enrollment deposits.