Admission to All Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Programs
Our first-year Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS) offers students a common foundation in biomedical sciences. Students commit to one of our eight biomedical science programs or laboratories 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 doctoral programs accept students from our first year PiBS program:
- Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
- Cancer Biology
- Cellular Physiology & Molecular Biophysics
- Human Genetics & Genomics
- Microbiology & Immunology
- Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology
- Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants to biomedical programs should have a bachelor's degree in biological science or a 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. The majority of matriculated students have 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 email@example.com:
- Completed Fee Waiver Request Form
- Latest 1040, 1040EZ, or 4506T-EZ tax form
- Documentation of scholarship or volunteer participation
US & Canadian TranscriptsALERT: Due to COVID-19, please do NOT send any documents to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine by mail.
ALL official academic records – including degree and non-degree programs, community college, and English language programs – from all previously attended colleges and universities must be sent electronically from each institution to BiomedCAS.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 records can mail transcripts to:
BioMedCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9207
Watertown, MA 02471
Applicants who have attended institutions outside of the U.S. and Canada must 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. Select BiomedCAS from the drop-down menu, which provides country-specific document requirements. Your evaluation will be sent electronically to BiomedCAS.
Official transcripts with translation and credential evaluation must be received before an application is 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
P.O. Box 9207
Watertown, MA 02471
International 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.
Resume / Curriculum VitaeAll 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 related qualifications – with bulleted summaries.
Letters of Recommendation
You must submit a minimum of three (and a maximum of five) letters of recommendation from those who are best able to assess your ability to be successful in a graduate degree program. Ideally, your recommenders are recent researchers or employers in a related research or scientific field. Recommenders should write a letter that is specific to the discipline for which you 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, and they will be sent an online form to complete via email.