Admission to All Biomedical Sciences PhD Programs
Our first-year Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS) offers students a common foundation in biomedical sciences. Students do not commit to one of our eight biomedical science programs or laboratories until after completing a minimum of three lab rotations. This option allows students time to explore their interests before committing to a dissertation laboratory. The following graduate programs accept students from our first year PiBS program:
The BioMedCAS Help Desk can answer questions specific to the BiomedCAS application. You can also reach them by phone at 857-304-2085.
Please direct all questions about our programs to email@example.com.
Applicants to biomedical programs should have a bachelor's degree in biological science or related discipline (e.g., psychology, chemistry, engineering, physics). Although there are no required prerequisites, courses in general biology, cell/molecular biology, calculus, general physics, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry are encouraged.
Competitive candidates will have the following:
- Excellent academic record (minimum overall cumulative GPA = 3.0). The average GPA of registrants is 3.6, with top grades in science courses.
- GRE is no longer required. Competitive GRE exam scores (top 50th percentile) can be submitted through BioMedCas as additional information.
- Research experience in a wet laboratory setting. A minimum of 1,000 hours of lab experience is expected. Computer-based research is acceptable for students with strong interests in bioinformatics
- Publications of abstracts and/or papers. At least 2/3 of the registrants have 1 or more co-authorships in peer-reviewed journals in biomedical sciences
- Co-authorship in a peer-reviewed journal is expected for all foreign applicants
- Strong letters of recommendation from scientists who know the candidate well in a research setting
- Motivation to pursue state-of-the-art biomedical research and realistic plans for a career in science.
Date Deadline December 1st Priority deadline for all applicants January 15th Deadline to receive all official transcripts and documentation February Virtual Interviews April 15th National deadline to commit to enroll in one university
Online Application LINK & Fee Information
BioMed Centralized Application Service (BiomedCAS) welcomes applicants to use a single online application and one set of materials to apply to multiple biomedical science programs at participating schools. All applicants must apply online through BiomedCAS.BioMedCAS charges an $80 processing fee. Please note that application fees are non-refundable.
Application Fee Waivers
Qualified applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with documented membership in approved programs or demonstrated financial need (those who fall below the federal poverty guidelines) may request an application fee waiver. Please note that waivers are very limited. Apply early.
The following are examples of qualified organizations:
- AmeriCorp or City Year Volunteer
- Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minorities Students (ABRCMS)
- Fulbright Scholars
- Gates Millennium Scholars
- McNair Scholars
- Minority Biomedical Research Support Program (RISE)
- PeaceCorp Volunteers
- Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
- Teach for America Volunteers
- Applicants who fall below the federal poverty guidelines
Applicants must submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Completed Fee Waiver Request Form
- Latest 1040, 1040EZ, or 4506T-EZ tax form
- Documentation of scholarship or volunteer participation
U.S. and Canadian TranscriptsALERT: Due to COVID, please do NOT send any documents to the University of Miami by mail.
ALL official academic records from all previously attended colleges and universities must be sent electronically from each institution to BioMedCAS. This requirement includes the following: degree programs, non-degree programs, community college, and English language programs.
Note that applicants with Canadian transcripts with French language or grading systems should follow the international transcript instructions below.
Electronic transcripts are required. Follow the BioMedCAS instructions for submitting your transcripts through Credential Solutions, Parchment, or National Student Clearinghouse.
Institutions that have not converted to digital can mail transcripts to:
BioMedCAS Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9207
Watertown, MA 02471
Applicants who have attended institutions outside of the U.S. and Canada are required to submit all official transcripts, mark sheets, and a photocopy of their diploma(s) (with English translation when applicable). All post-secondary / university transcripts must be submitted with a course-by-course transcript evaluation with GPA from the World Education Service using the special WES CAS website at wes.org/cas. Follow the instructions on the WES website, specifically for BioMedCAS. You will be guided to special directions for each country. Your evaluation will be electronically sent to BioMedCAS.
Official transcripts with translation and credential evaluation must be received before an application will be reviewed.
If you have already had your transcripts evaluated by a NACES accredited agency on this list, have official copies resent to:
BioMedCAS Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9207
Watertown, MA 02471
English ProficiencyInternational students whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed 30 consecutive credits at the university level, where English was the language of instruction or those who have passed the USMLEs. Test scores must be less than two years old.
TOEFL: When registering for the test, please request that your score be sent to BioMedCAS, institution code 5815. The minimum score is 80.
IELTS: When registering for the test, please request that your score be sent to the University of Miami, institution code 4862. The minimum score is 6.5.
ResumeAll applicants must submit a complete, up-to-date resume/CV that includes all employment, research experience, community service, education, and academic or professional honors. Be sure to detail all experience related to the discipline you are applying to, including research experience, training, education, or other related qualifications with bulleted summaries.
Letters of RecommendationAll applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation from those who are best able to assess their ability to be successful in a graduate degree program. Ideally, your recommenders are recent researchers or employers in related research or scientific field. Applicants should request that their recommender write a letter that is specific to the discipline for which they are applying. Form letters and recommendations written for medical school applications contribute little to your application and are strongly discouraged. You will be asked for your recommenders’ contact information in BioMedCAS. They will be sent an online form to complete via email. Applicants must submit a minimum of three to a maximum of five recommendations.