Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

M.S. in Cell Systems & Anatomy Admissions

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Students beginning graduate study ordinarily matriculate during the fall semester, which starts first week of July with classes beginning in August. The following are the basic admission criteria for the program. On a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of the M.S. Admissions Committee and with approval of COGS and the Graduate Faculty Council (GFC), one or more admission requirement(s) may be waived.

  • Completed Application indicating the track (Anatomical Sciences / Biotechnology) to which the student seeks admission.
  • Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or Dental Admission Test (DAT) taken within 5 years of application are optional but recommended.
  • International applicants from countries where English is not the native language are also required to take one of two English proficiency tests: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS: Academic module only) within two years of application to the program. The minimum required scores for the TOEFL is 84 for the internet-based test (iBT). The minimum required score on the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is 6.5.
  • Certified transcripts of all college and/or postgraduate work: A baccalaureate degree in a natural science, biomedical engineering, and/or any other relevant discipline from an accredited institution in the United States or proof of an equivalent degree from a foreign institution is required. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) no lower than “B” (3.0 on a scale of 4.0) on undergraduate-level studies undertaken previously is required. 
  • Essays: An essay describing prior research and/or teaching experiences that evoked an interest in research, long-term career goals, and rationale for applying to the Cell Systems & Anatomy graduate program.
  • Letters of recommendation (3) from faculty and/or individuals with similar professional credentials who served as instructor, advisor or supervisor to the applicant are required.

The admission committee uses a holistic approach in making its decision. Consideration is given to a candidate’s research experience, grade point average, essay, letters of recommendations, GRE/MCAT/DAT score (if provided), interviews, and the overall ranking of the applicant compared to other qualified applicants.

Application deadline dates: Preferred deadline date is February 15 but no later than April 15 to be considered for admission the following fall semester. All supporting material such as GRE scores and letters of recommendation must be received before May 1. Spring semester admission (January start date) will not be considered except in very unusual circumstances. Applicants will be notified of the admission decision.