Application & Admissions

How do I get into the program?

As of September 1, 2012, the Graduate Program in Genetics and Genomics (GPGG) is participating in the exciting new PhD interdisciplinary umbrella program, Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS). Students must start their PhD under the PiBS umbrella program and after approximately a year in the umbrella program, the student then selects which track they would like to pursue, such as the Program in Genetics and Genomics (GPGG).

Participating program/departments under PiBS:


Requirements and Deadlines

All 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 must have completed a minimum of 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 to take 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, evinced by grades in previous degree programs, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. For students whose native language is not English, TOEFL scores are also required. A subject test is not required, but it can be helpful to the Admissions Committee in evaluating academic records from institutions with which we are unfamiliar. Students should have demonstrated an interest in genetics and genomics through previous research and education.

Application to the Graduate Program in Genetics and Genomics is carried out through the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences’ online 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)
  • Test scores (Required: GRE general test, Recommended: Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology subject tests)
  • TOFEL is required for international students.

**The admission materials through the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences can be earmarked for PiBS.

Recruiting Weekend

To supplement the online application process, we arrange a recruiting weekend at Boston University to give 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 Boston area.  After the recruitment program, all candidate credentials will be reviewed by an Admissions Committee consisting of PiBS faculty members; 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. PhD 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.