Application & Admissions

As of September 1, 2012, the Graduate Program in Genetics and Genomics is participating in the exciting new PhD interdisciplinary umbrella program, Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS).

dna-paintingAll prospective students must meet the requirements for admission into the graduate programs as delineated by the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences. For application deadlines, please click here.

Students should have completed a B.A. or B.S. in a scientific discipline prior to beginning as a graduate student; M.A. or M.S. students will also be considered for admission. The degree requirements for students entering with advanced degrees will be modified; taking into account previously completed coursework. Students with training in scientific disciplines that are not directly related to the biological sciences, such as computer science, chemistry, and mathematics, are especially encouraged to apply. Applications from women and minorities are also actively solicited.

Applicant credentials should reflect academic excellence as judged by grades in previous degree programs, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. For students whose native language is not English, we also require TOEFL scores. A subject test is not required, but it can be helpful to the admissions committee in evaluating academic records from institutions that we are not familiar with. Students should have demonstrated interest in genetics and genomics through previous research and education.

Application to the Graduate Program in Genetics and Genomics will consist of the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences’ on-line application form.

Additional application materials include:  a personal statement describing prior research experience and interest in genetics and genomics, letters of reference, copies of transcripts (coming directly from the awarding institutions) and test scores (the required GRE general test, and the recommended biochemistry, cell and molecular biology subject test).  The TOFEL is required for international students.  The admission materials through the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences can be earmarked for PiBS.

To supplement the online application process, we arrange a recruiting weekend at Boston University to give the prospective students an opportunity to evaluate the program first hand. The recruiting weekend will include interviews, opportunities for candidates to interact socially with both faculty and students, and activities to introduce the students to the metropolitan Boston area.  After the recruitment program, all candidate credentials will be reviewed by an Admissions Committee consisting of members of the faculty in the Program in Biomedical Sciences, and offers of admission will be extended to the selected students after interviews are conducted.

We will remain in contact with students who receive offers of admission to help guide them through the process of choosing a graduate school. The Ph.D. students will be offered financial support covering tuition, a stipend, and health insurance through institutional support of PiBS and the Graduate Program in Genetics and Genomics.