The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine offers an easy on-line application for admission and financial aid.

Eligibility for Admission

All applicants are required to have a baccalaureate degree in a natural or engineering science from an accredited university (e.g. biology, chemistry, biochemistry, etc.).

Students who do not have a baccalaureate degree in a natural or engineering science must have completed all of the following courses:

1 semester General Biology
1 semester Cell/Molecular Biology
2 semesters General Chemistry
2 semesters Organic Chemistry
1 semester Biochemistry
1 semester Chemistry Lab
1 semester Biology Lab

Other recommended courses include: Advanced topics in DNA and/or Genetics and Advanced topics in Chemistry.

In addition, applicants must submit results from the Graduate Record Examination (General Test Only) or the Medical College Admission Test. Our GRE institution code is 3087. As part of the application package students are asked to submit a personal statement and three letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters should be from university faculty members who know the student well or from research/laboratory supervisors/investigators. We also encourage applicants to submit their C.V. highlighting research, laboratory and academic accomplishments/skills.

Students admitted into the Program in Biomedical Forensic Sciences must begin their course of study in the fall semester. Students who wish to begin classes during the spring or summer semesters may do so as a non-degree student only and apply for admission into the Program for the following fall.

Individuals interested in completing single courses may register as a non-degree student. Please contact e-mail for more information.


Application for the M.S. in Biomedical Forensic Sciences is available on-line through the Graduate Medical Sciences Registrars Office. Priority for admission into the Program will be given to applicants whose completed applications are received by March 1st. Completed applications received on or after March 2nd will be considered as they are received. To be considered for September enrollment, completed applications must be received no later than July 31 of that year.

International Applicants

The BMFS program welcomes applications from qualified international students.  To help ensure a successful transition into our graduate program, international students whose first language is not English will enroll in a six-week intensive English program offered in the latter half of the summer by the Center for English Language & Orientation Programs (CELOP).  Students who participate in CELOP programs in the summer prior to matriculation benefit from the opportunity to become acclimated to their new environment, learn useful study habits, and polish their English language before beginning their master’s level studies.  Information including CELOP program dates, fees and application can be found at

As part the admissions process, international applicants must include with their application:

  • TOEFL scores
  • WES transcript evaluation report
  • Financial support documentation

All non-native English speaking applicants must send official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), as administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The ETS Institution Code for the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences is 3087. For the internet-based test the scores on the individual sections should be, at a minimum: Reading 21; Listening 18; Speaking 23; Writing 22. For information on the TOEFL please visit

A World Education Services (WES) evaluation report that converts international transcripts to a U.S. education equivalency is required for admission to the BMFS program. The course-by-course evaluation provides a comprehensive record of an applicant’s academic history and must be received by the Admissions Committee prior to application review. Please request that the WES report be sent to the BMFS Program Administrator, Patricia Jones, at 72 East Concord Street Room R806 Boston MA 02118.  For information regarding the WES report please visit

All international applicants must submit documentation of financial resources equivalent to a minimum of one year of study at Boston University. For graduate international students studying at the Boston University Medical Campus during the 2017-2018 academic year, tuition and living expenses are estimated by the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) to be $81,213. Official documentation of available funds totaling this amount must be received along with the application in order for it to be submitted for review. An International Student Data Form and a Financial Sponsorship Certification for International Students must also be submitted to the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences Office. These forms and additional information can be found at