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.

The 2017 application portal is now open and can be accessed by following the instructions below.

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.

For more information regarding Tuition and Financial Aid, please visit our website.
If you are seeking financial aid, we advise you to complete the optional SSN section of your application to expedite the process.

The application fee is $95. 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 program 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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All Applicants:

  • An unofficial, English transcript of each college or university attended should be uploaded to complete your application  in the section “Supporting Information > Documents”.  Please note that if you have multiple unofficial transcripts from the same college or university, combine them into one upload.
    • GMS does not require an official transcript (or WES evaluation) unless you are admitted, but to expedite the admissions process and to have your credentials “verified”, applicants can complete the transcript request form within the application to request Official Transcripts be sent directly to our transcript department address below. Do not have transcripts sent to the GMS office. *The transcript request form is not required as an attachment to the transcript but it helps the matching process. We do not accept e-transcripts from third parties.
    • Upon matriculation into the program, you must submit an official, final transcript.
    • Admissions review may begin in the “Received” application status. If you opt out of the official transcript, your status will remain in the received status and will have no effect on your review.

Please Have Official Transcripts Sent to:
BU Graduate Medical Sciences, 72 E. Concord Street, L-317 | Boston, MA 02118

  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members, research advisors or similar in your proposed field. The software does not accept letter packets. 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. No paper letters accepted. You can submit your application with pending letter submissions.
  • A Personal Statement, minimum 200 words, that describes your qualifications and the objectives of your intended educational program.
  • CV/Resume
  • The “Experiences” section is optional since it may be redundant to your resume.
  • 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)

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 must be in English to be reviewed though a WES evaluation is not required.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS for applicants whose native language is not English. The minimum score range requirement for TOEFL is 90-100, with at least a minimum of 20 in each section.
  • See ISSO Website for all forms.
  • The financial documentation for international Ph.D. applicants is NOT required.

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 including unofficial transcript upload. GRE scores and recommendation letters are not required. Please opt out of submitting standardized test results by selecting “I Am Not Adding Any Standardized Tests” and opt out of continuing education courses by selecting “I Am Not Adding Any Continuing Education Courses”.
  • Once you submit your application, complete the registration form and have it signed by the course instructor. Email or drop off the form to Samantha Straitz in the Division Office, L-317
    • Please note that your application will only be processed once your registration form has been approved
  • Please note that courses listed as GMS BT are undergraduate courses. Students wishing to enroll in GMS BT courses should contact Ms. Connie Phillips (cphilli@bu.edu) directly.

Please see the tuition page for up-to-date costs per credit. Non-degree applicants are not eligible for University sources of financial aid or aid that requires matriculation in a degree program.

For admissions requirements, deadlines and policies:
Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
Boston University School of Medicine
Phone: 617-638-5255
Fax: (617) 638-5740

For application technical issues:
gms-support.bu@liaisoncas.com
Phone: 857-304-2005

GMS FAQs

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

PhD Programs

  • Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS) – Danielle Simeone (pibs@bu.edu )
  • Anatomy & Neurobiology – Patricia Jones (psterlin@bu.edu)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience- Dr. Carole Palumbo (cpalumbo@bu.edu)
  • Graduate Program for Neuroscience (GPN) – Dr. Shelley Russek (neurosci@bu.edu)
    • Computational Nueroscience Track: Apply via GPN
  • Pharmacology – Dr. Carol Walsh (pharm2@bu.edu)

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 1, 2016. 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 Spring 2017 Admissions Fall 2017 Admissions
Anatomy & Neurobiology No Enrollment January 11th
Behavioral Neuroscience No Enrollment December 14th
Computational Neuroscience No Enrollment December 15th
Neuroscience (GPN) No Enrollment December 15th
Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics No Enrollment December 7th
Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS): Biochemistry/Biophysics/
Genetics & Genomics/ Immunology/
Microbiology/ Molecular & Translational Medicine/ Nutrition & Metabolism/ Oral Biology/ Pathology/ Physiology
No Enrollment December 1st
MD/PhD Combined Program No Enrollment November 1st
Master’s Programs
Anatomy and Neurobiology No Enrollment May 1st
Bioimaging November 1st April 1st
Biomedical Forensic Sciences No Enrollment July 31st
Biomedical Research Technologies No Enrollment June 1st
Clinical Investigation November 1st June 1st
Clinical Investigation Certificate Rolling Admissions Rolling Admissions
Dual Medical Sciences/Clinical Investigation No Enrollment Rolling Admissions
Dual Medical Sciences/Mental Health Counseling No Enrollment June 1st
Forensic Anthropology No Enrollment June 28th
Genetic Counseling No Enrollment December 14th
Healthcare Emergency Management November 1st April 1st
Medical Sciences No Enrollment Rolling Admissions
Oral Health Sciences No Enrollment May 17th
Medical Anthropology & Cross-Cultural Practice November 1st August 1st
Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine No Enrollment June 1st
Nutrition & Metabolism November 1st Rolling Admissions
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine No Enrollment May 1st
Physician Assistant No Enrollment October 5th
Physiology No Enrollment May 10th