Application Information

Boston University Division of Graduate Medical Sciences is pleased to offer an online application to our graduate applicants. Please carefully read the instructions that appear throughout the application pages. You can submit your application only one time. If you have updates to any information you have submitted, please notify the admissions office at once. You may click on the contact link at anytime to send an email. To complete your application, you must provide us with the materials described below.  Any documents not submitted online through GEMS should be mailed directly to the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at the address below.  You should keep a copy of all materials you submit to us, since we cannot return or copy any part of your application. We also cannot return original transcripts after we receive them.
Send all supporting documents to:  

Admissions, Division Office of Graduate Medical Sciences
Boston University School of Medicine
72 East Concord Street, Room L-315
Boston, MA  02118

General Application Instructions

Before you complete the application, you should consult the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences website as well as the Admission’s page for current general School policies and those of the various departments and programs . All parts of the application must be submitted. Please note that the application for admissions also serves as the application for departmental and merit-based financial assistance from Boston University. By checking the “YES” box after the “Do you wish to be considered for financial aid from Boston University (excluding loans and work study)?” question on the application for admission, your application will be considered for all University sources of financial aid. For details of the types of University aid available, consult the University Sources of Aid section of this application.If you are a NEW APPLICANT YOU MUST CREATE A BOSTON UNIVERSITY WEB ACCOUNT

Application Fee

Include with your application to Boston University a nonrefundable application fee of $75.00 payable online by credit card ( Master Card, Visa, or Discover). Your application will not be considered without payment of the application fee.

Application Deadline

Because applications for admission with financial aid are reviewed as they are received, early application is recommended. The deadline for masters’ candidates is normally March 31. However, we will continue to review applications until space in our program is filled. For Spring admissions applications should be submitted by October 15, unless prior approval has been granted. Early submission of applications is recommended. Applications submitted with all supporting credentials will be given priority. An application is considered complete when all required credentials, as listed below, have been received in the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences.

Credentials Required

In general, a complete application consists of the completed online application for admission, personal statement, three letters of recommendations, official transcript from every college or university attended and official results of the General Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Standardized Test Scores

The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences requests that official results of required standardized test scores be sent directly to the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences Admissions Office from the testing center. To determine which test scores are required for your program/department of interest, please refer to our website at www.bumc.bu.edu/gms.Important Notice:  Applicants should note that all materials submitted in support of an application become the sole property of the University and neither the originals nor copies will be provided to the applicant for other uses.

Application and Credentials Requirements:

Listed below are the credentials, forms, test scores and other documentation required of all applicants to degree programs at the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University.

Transcripts

Applicants to every degree program offered by the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences are required to submit an official transcript of each college or university attended. A college senior should submit an official transcript of work completed in the first semester of the senior year as soon as it is available. Applicants who have received degrees from institutions outside the U.S. must provide certified copies and certified English translations of transcripts or records of all previous post-secondary education. Photocopies or faxes of these documents are not acceptable.Applicants who are admitted to and enroll in a degree program are required to provide official documentation of the names and dates of award of all previous academic degrees.

Letter of Recommendation

A minimum of three letters of recommendation is required for all degree programs from faculty members in your proposed field of study who are familiar with your work and the American system of higher education. The Recommendation form a (paper) copy can ONLY be used if your recommender is unable to submit a recommendation electronically.  Be sure to complete the top portion of the form first: include your Boston University I.D. number with your signature and date before sending the recommendation form to your evaluator. The completed recommendation should  be sent in a sealed envelope with the evaluator signature across the seal and mail directly to the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences Admission Office, 72 East Concord Street, Room L317, Boston, Massachusetts 02118-2394.

Personal Statement

Applicants to every degree program offered by the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences are required to submit a Personal Statement of not less than 200 words. This statement must describe your qualifications and the objectives of your intended educational program at the Division. Report any research activities, publications, independent studies, and memberships in academic, professional, or honorary societies. Account for time that has elapsed between formal studies. Applicants for teaching or research fellowships should indicate previous teaching experience.

GRE Scores

Applicants to every degree program offered by the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences are required to submit official results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), as administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The ETS Institution Code for the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences is 3251. You need to specify a Department Code when requesting test scores to be sent to the Division Office. For more information on the GRE please visit their website at www.ets.org/gre.

TOEFL Scores

Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), as administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), are required of all applicants whose native language is not English. The ETS Institution Code for the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences is 3251. The minimum score requirement is 213 (computer-based test), 550 (paper-based test). For the (internet-based test), the scores on the individual sections should be, at a minimum the following: Reading 21; Listening 18; Speaking 23; Writing 22. For information on the TOEFL please visit their website at www.ets.org.

MCAT Scores

The Medical College Aptitude Test may be substituted for the GRE with prior approval from the department (MAMS applicants do not need prior approval). The MCAT scores should be printed from the THx Report System and mailed to the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, 72 East Concord Street, Room L317, Boston, Ma. 02118.

International Student Data Form

International applicants must complete all information in the International Student Data Form section of the online application (required for non-United States citizen), this excludes Permanent Resident. As a requirement of the U.S. Government, all international applicants must submit documentation of all sources of financial support for a minimum of one year according to the Estimate of Expenses for their studies at Boston University. A Financial Sponsorship Certification for International Students should also be submitted to the Division Office. You can find the link to these forms at http://www.bu.edu/isso/students/prospective/admissions/Expenses.html. If you are currently in the United States, it is essential to include a photocopy of your current visa. 

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