Graduate Admissions

The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at BU School of Medicine maintains a robust admissions cycle each year, reviewing applicants for an academic program in the biomedical sciences. Applicants who have completed all requirements for a baccalaureate degree from a recognized college or university are invited to apply for admission into one (or up to two) of our 40 graduate programs.

Application Process

Prospective applicants will create an account with the Boston University Centralized Application System (BU-GMS CAS) completing all personal, academic and supporting document sections. Applicants will be able to select the graduate program(s) of choice within GMS, and prompted to complete corresponding program materials in order to submit. Please note: there is a separate process for the Physician Assistant Program. Please see the PA website and apply for the PA program through CASPA.

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If you are seeking financial aid, we advise you to complete the optional SSN section of your application to expedite the process.

Applicants can review their program status or pay for their program(s) by selecting the “Manage My Programs” tab when logged into BU-GMS CAS. You will also receive email updates throughout this process regarding submission of materials and recommendation letters, status and decisions.

Once all of the required applicant materials are received, your application will be thoroughly reviewed by the individual program or faculty committee who will make a final recommendation to the GMS Admissions Office. Once this is completed, we will notify you of the final decision by mail and/or email. Due to privacy regulations we cannot give decisions over the phone.

Many of our master’s programs offer rolling admissions, so please check with the individual programs on the timeline.

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Required Documents

All Applicants:

  • An unofficial transcript of each college or university attended is acceptable in the section “Supporting Information > Documents”. Upon matriculation into the program, you must submit an official, final transcript. Please note that if you have multiple unofficial transcripts from the same college or university, combine them into one upload.
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members, research advisors or similar in your proposed field. There is a section to provide the recommender’s name, email, personal note of request and deadline for submission which will be electronically sent to him/her with further instructions.
  • A Personal Statement, no less than 200 words, that describes your qualifications and the objectives of your intended educational program.
  • Official results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Use BU Institution Code: 3087
    • For Medical Sciences applicants, the MCAT may be substituted for the GRE
    • For Oral Health Sciences applicants, the DAT is required (not the GRE)

International Applicants

Additional Documents are required by international students. You will be prompted to complete a separate section of materials once you have submitted your application. Please keep in mind that processing international documents may take time, so it is suggested that if you are applying for spring admission, submit your application no later than October 15th, and for fall admission, submit no later than June 1st to be considered.

  • Transcript and letters of recommendations should be in English.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS for applicants whose native language is not English. The minimum score requirement for TOEFL is 213 (computer-based test) or 550 (paper-based test). For the computer-based test the minimum score for each section are as follows: Reading-21, Listening-18, Speaking-23, Writing-22. The minimum score required for IELTS is 6.5.
  • See ISSO Website for all forms.
  • The financial documentation for international Ph.D. applicants is NOT required.

Non-Degree Applicants

The Non-Degree application is for those with an accredited bachelor’s degree or its international equivalent who do not wish to enter a degree program but wish to take a course(s). Except under unusual circumstances, non-degree students may transfer no more than 8 credits for a master’s degree program or 16 credits for a PhD degree program. In order to transfer credits toward a degree, course grades received must be a “B” or higher.

  • Complete the non-degree application; only include unofficial transcript upload. GRE scores and recommendation letters are not required.

Non-degree applicants are not eligible for University sources of financial aid or aid that requires matriculation in a degree program.

Contact GMS Admissions

Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
Boston University School of Medicine
72 East Concord Street, Room L-317
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-638-5217
Fax: (617) 638-5740

Program Contacts

To speak with a program representative, please see the following list of contacts.

PhD Programs

Program in Biomedical Sciences: Biochemistry, Biophysics, Genetics & Genomics, Nutrition & Metabolism, Microbiology, Molecular & Translational Medicine, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Oral Biology and Physiology.

M.D./Ph.D Program

Masters Programs

Applications open September 2, 2015. Please refer to our detailed instructions on how to navigate the new BU Centralized Application System. Thank you for your interest in our graduate programs!

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Deadlines:

Ph.D. Programs Fall Admissions Spring Admissions
Anatomy & Neurobiology January 6th N/A
Behavioral Neuroscience January 6th N/A
Computational Neuroscience December 16th N/A
Neuroscience (GPN) December 16th N/A
Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics December 16th N/A
Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS): Biochemistry/Biophysics/
Genetics & Genomics/ Immunology/
Microbiology/ Molecular & Translational Medicine/ Nutrition & Metabolism/ Oral Biology/ Pathology/ Physiology
December 2nd N/A
MD/PhD Combined Program November 1st N/A
Master’s Programs Fall Admissions Spring Admissions
Anatomy and Neurobiology May 1st No Enrollment
Bioimaging August 1st October 15th
Biomedical Forensic Sciences July 31st No Enrollment
Clinical Investigation June 1st October 15th
Forensic Anthropology June 29th No Enrollment
Genetic Counseling January 6th No Enrollment
Healthcare Emergency Management June 1st October 15th
Medical Sciences Rolling Admissions No Enrollment
Oral Health Sciences May 15th No Enrollment
Medical Anthropology & Cross-Cultural Practice June 29th October 15th
Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine Rolling Admissions No Enrollment
Nutrition & Metabolism Rolling Admissions October 15th
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine May 1st No Enrollment
Physician Assistant September 1st No Enrollment
Physiology May 1st No Enrollment