For general questions regarding GMS admissions requirements please see the Admissions FAQs.
- What is the deadline for applying to the Master of Science in Medical Sciences Program?
- Do you accept students for January admission?
- What are the minimum standardized test scores for acceptance into the Master of Science in Medical Sciences Program?
- What is the minimum overall GPA for acceptance into the Master of Science in Medical Sciences Program?
- When is my application reviewed for the Medical Sciences Program?
- What pre-requisite science courses should be listed on the application?
- When will I find out if I am accepted into the program?
- How many students are accepted each year for the Medical Sciences Program?
- How should I send my MCAT scores?
- Where should I indicate a future MCAT or GRE (or DAT) date?
- Can I apply to more than one graduate program at Boston University?
- I have applied to BUSM. Can my AMCAS application with test scores, letters of recommendation and verified grades be used for MAMS admission?
- What are the payment options for the application fee?
- Is it possible to submit all supporting documents (letters of recommendations, transcripts, and test scores) before submitting my application?
- Do I need to have transcripts sent from every institution that I have attended?
- What is the institution code for the GRE and TOEFL report?
- For how long are my test scores valid?
- I am a Permanent Resident. Am I required to submit the International Student Data Form or TOEFL Report?
- If I wish to withdraw my application from Boston University, will the application fee be refunded?
- Where do I send my Health History and Physical Examination Report (Immunization Forms)?
- My unofficial transcripts or other supporting documents are too large to upload with the application – what should I do?
MAMS SPECIALIZATION OPTIONS
- How do I apply for a concentration?
- How do I apply for the dual degree in (i) M.S. in Medical Sciences/M.S. in Clinical Investigation (MACI) (ii) M.S. in Medical Sciences/ Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine (MHCBM) Program or (iii) M.S. in Medical Sciences/M.P.H. Degree Program?
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
- How many letters of recommendation are required for the MAMS program and can I submit more recommendations than are required?
- Will you accept letters of recommendations mailed from my university’s career center or letter service?
- I have already applied to medical school, can I send the same letters to the MS in Medical Sciences program?
- Do you have directions for how to both upload online and mail-in paper recommendations?
- Can I complete the MS in Medical Sciences Program in 12 months?
- Should I apply to medical school prior to applying to the MAMS program?
- How many students from the Medical Sciences Program matriculate into medical school?
- Do you accept international students and applications from Canadians?
- What is the cost of education for the Master of Science in Medical Sciences and The Master of Science in Oral Health Sciences.
- If I choose to complete the program in 2 years will I pay more tuition?
There is no deadline for the Medical Sciences Program. Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis until the end of August, or until the class reaches capacity. However, we recommend that all completed applications be received by June 1, 2013.
No, we do not accept students to the MAMS program in January. All students begin the program in the fall semester.
What are the minimum standardized test scores for acceptance into the Master of Science in Medical Sciences Program?
The minimum standardized test scores for acceptance are: an MCAT score of 25 or GRE scores in the 70th percentile. Scores lower than those listed above are considered on a case-by case basis. We strongly recommend that applicants take the MCAT prior to entry into the MAMS Program.
What is the minimum overall GPA for acceptance into the Master of Science in Medical Sciences Program?
The minimum overall GPA for acceptance into the program is 3.0.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis starting in February upon receipt of all required credentials (letters, official transcripts, GRE and/or MCAT, resume/cv and Personal Statement) and the application fee.
Applicants are allowed to leave this section blank as our Admissions committee reviews your entire transcript.
Acceptances are offered beginning in February and continue through the program start date in August. Written notification/Electronic email is sent when a decision is finalized.
Approximately 170-180 students are accepted each year.
MCAT scores should be printed from the THx Report System and sent by mail or fax to the GMS Admissions Office. We do not accept emailed MCAT scores.
For GRE’s under test scores there is an option to include the date of a future planned GRE test date.
For MCATs the application does not have a defined spot to include a future test date. Please upload an additional document that states you plan on taking the MCATs on “FUTURE DATE”. We will then make a note in your file and wait for your test scores before a final decision is made on your application.
Yes. Each applicant is allowed to apply to two programs offered by GMS. Please be advised that an application to a second program requires the applicant to complete a second application with a new personal statement and three different letters of recommendation appropriate for the second program and the application fee.
I have applied to BUSM. Can my AMCAS application with test scores, letters of recommendation and verified grades be used for MAMS admission?
Students who have previously applied to Boston University School of Medicine should upload a statement with their GMS application requesting that we obtain your BUSM admissions credentials. Additionally, you should send an email with this request to Dr. Gwynneth Offner at email@example.com. If you are accepted and choose to enroll in the program you will need to provide GMS with an official transcript from each institution attended.
The online application fee requires a payment of $75 paid by credit card. The application fee is waived for Boston University Medical Campus Employees with proof of BU I.D. For all others, no fee waiver is offered.
Is it possible to submit all supporting documents (letters of recommendations, transcripts, and test scores) before submitting my application?
No. Applicants must apply on-line (and pay application fee) PRIOR to having supporting documents sent to the Admissions Office. All credentials received prior to a completed application will not be processed. Letters of recommendation which are mailed must be in a sealed envelope signed across the flap to be considered official. Letters of recommendation may also be submitted online through our admissions service GEMS.
Yes. Applicants are required to submit transcripts from each institution attended however initially students may upload unofficial transcripts to their application for review. Once a student is accepted, they will be required to submit an official transcript from each institution attended. Applicants who have attended an institution outside the U.S. must provide certified copies and certified English translation of the transcripts.
The institution code for the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences is 3251.
GRE scores are valid for five years and official score reports will not be sent from ETS for tests taken more than five years previously. TOEFL scores are valid for two years and official score reports will not be sent from the ETS service for tests taken more than two years previously. MCAT scores are valid for 5 years.
I am a Permanent Resident. Am I required to submit the International Applicant Coversheet or TOEFL Report?
The International Applicant Coversheet is not required for a Permanent Resident. A copy of your Green Card showing proof of residency should be sent to the GMS Admission’s Office. The TOEFL test is not required.
No, the application fee will not be refunded if you withdraw your application from consideration. If you have questions, please contact the Admissions Office at (617) 638-5121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
My unofficial transcripts or other supporting documents are too large to upload with the application – what should I do?
Since the online application tool has a limit on upload size, you may email large PDF files directly to Ms. Natasha Hall (email@example.com) after you submit your application online. This way the PDF can be added directly to your application.
How many letters of recommendation are required for the MAMS program and can I submit more recommendations than are required?
We require three letters of recommendation for admission to the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences. One committee letter or a letter packet sent from your undergraduate or post-baccalaureate institution may be substituted for the three letters. One of the submitted letters must be written by a science professor. You may send more than three individual letters if appropriate.
Will you accept letters of recommendations mailed from my university’s career center or letter service?
Yes, we do accept letters of recommendations as a letter packet/committee letter from your university or college career services by hard copy (mail) or online. When completing your online application please indicate “committee letter” for all 3 recommenders.
(1) If submitting letter packet online check “paper submission” for 2 letters and “online” submission for the 3rd recommender whom will upload the committee letter. Provide the email address of the person who will be uploading your letter packet.
(2) If submitting hard copy, please check “paper submission” for all 3 recommenders on the online application and have your pre-professional advising office mail the packet to our admissions office .
I have already applied to medical school, can I send the same letters to the MS in Medical Sciences program?
Yes. You can have your recommendations written for medical schools sent to the Admissions office from your university or college pre-professional advising office. A committee letter (see above) is acceptable or you may submit three individual letters. Letters can also be sent by Interfolio to the Admissions office or uploaded to the GEMS application service. Students who have previously applied to Boston University School of Medicine should upload a statement requesting that we obtain your admissions credentials and send an email with this request to Dr. Gwynneth Offner firstname.lastname@example.org
To submit individual letter electronically
- List each recommender’s name and email; indicate online submission
- Recommenders will receive email invitation to submit
To submit individual letter by mail
- List recommender’s name; indicate paper submission
- Provide recommender with Graduate Medical Sciences Recommender Form and ask them to submit the hard copy to the GMS Admissions office.
To submit committee letter electronically
- List the name and email of the pre-professional advisor submitting the committee letter for recommendation #1 ; indicate electronic submission.
- Write committee letter in the name space for recommender s # 2 and #3; indicate paper submission
To submit a committee letter by mail
- List the name of the pre-professional advisor submitting the committee letter for recommendation #1 ; indicate paper submission
- Write committee letter in the name space for recommender s # 2 and #3; indicate paper submission
- Pre-professional office should mail the committee letter to our Admissions office
Yes, the program requires enrollment in four semesters and can be completed in 12 months by utilizing the two summer semesters. Students planning to matriculate to medical school immediately following program completion should submit their AMCAS application PRIOR to beginning the MAMS program. Some students do choose to complete a laboratory based thesis and complete the program in 2 years.
Applicants should consult with their pre-professional office regarding the decision to apply to medical school in the summer prior to entering the program. Students who have applied to medical school should consult with Dr. Offner early in the fall semester so that our office can best support their medical school applications.
Of the graduates who apply to a medical school, approximately 70% are admitted into medical schools in the U.S.; usually 25-30 students are accepted into Boston University School of Medicine each year. Most of the graduates who do not apply to medical school continue their careers in other medical science professions.
Yes, both are encouraged to apply to the general MAMS degree program. All medicl school prerequisite coursework must be taken at a 4 year US or Canadian University or College. All international applicants should apply by June 15, 2013 the latest to allow adequate time for processing. Information can be found at Boston University’s International Students and Scholars office.
MAMS SPECIALIZATION OPTIONS
Students interested in pursuing a specialization in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Investigation or Nutrition and Metabolism do not need to apply specifically for the concentration. Once students matriculate to the MAMS program, students will have the opportunity to take a class in the discipline, discuss these options with advisors and then declare a concentration (usually during/after the fall semester).
How do I apply for the dual degree in,
(i) M.S. in Medical Sciences/M.S. in Clinical Investigation
(ii) M.S. in Medical Sciences/ M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine
(iii)M.S. in Medical Sciences/M.P.H. Degree Program?
To apply for a dual degree you should apply only to the MAMS degree program initially. Once accepted, applicants should contact the Director of the second program for advice or how to apply.
Please visit the 2012-2013 MAMS Tuition, Fees, & Budget Information Page for the most up to date information.
To complete the program in 12 months, you must register full-time (12-18 credits) in the fall and spring semesters and for at least 2 credits in both summer sessions. Students pay full-time tuition for the Fall/Spring semesters but only need to pay the continuing student fee (which is equivalent to 2 credits) for the 2 summer sessions.
If students opt to complete the program in 2 years, students still only pay the continuing student fee (equivalent to 2 credits), or per credit hour for additional coursework, during the Fall/Spring of the second year. Students completing the program in 2 years do not need to register for either summer session.