Candidates with a B.A. : Candidates with a Bachelor’s of Science or Arts interested in obtaining a Ph.D. will apply through the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (DGMS) using the standard electronic application process (link below). Although it is advantageous to apply in the fall preceding matriculation, applications will be accepted until December 1. GREs are required as are transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a statement of interest in Molecular and Translational Medicine outlining research experience and career plans. An interview at Boston University School of Medicine with members of the Admissions Committee is required. Following first year course work and laboratory rotations students will identify a laboratory in which to conduct their thesis research. Acceptance into a Molecular and Translational Medicine laboratory will then designate that student as part of the Molecular and Translational Medicine Graduate Program. Students accepted into the GPMTM will be expected to fulfill all requirements of the DGMS for graduation including sixty four (64) course credits, a Qualifying Exam as set by the GPMTM, and completion and defense of a Ph.D. Dissertation.
M.A. or M.Sc. Candidates: Applicants with a Master’s degree may apply to transfer into the GPMTM for their Ph.D. research and should apply in the standard way described above. Course requirements may be reduced depending upon the Master’s curriculum.
M.D.-Ph.D. Candidates: Boston University School of Medicine combined M.D.-Ph.D. candidates may be accepted into the GPMTM upon successful completion of the second year medical school curriculum. For transfer into the GPMTM, M.D.-Ph.D. candidates will need to identify a faculty mentor with an appointment in the Department of Medicine. Upon acceptance into that lab they then become a member of the GPMTM. M.D.-Ph.D. students accepted into the GPMTM will receive thirty two (32) credits for the basic science courses of the first and second year medical school curriculum. Candidates will be expected to enroll in additional basic science courses appropriate for their research plans and the year two Molecular and Translational Medicine courses. Thirty two (32) additional credits are required for graduation.
M.D. Candidates: One of the goals of the GPMTM is to provide rigorous training in basic and translational biomedical research to M.D.s who have decided to develop careers as academic researchers. This is most appropriate for M.D.s completing their clinical speciality and subspeciality training. These candidates should contact the program director. They will need to formally apply to the DGMS as outlined above, and applications should include transcripts, recommendations, GREs or MCATs, and a letter of interest in Molecular and Translational Medicine. Credits for prior coursework will be granted depending on the specific courses taken, grades, and when they were taken, to ensure that they are the equivalent of similar courses at BUSM. Students entering with advanced degrees are expected to take the year two Molecular and Translational Medicine course sequence and appropriate electives, pass a qualifying examination, and carry out dissertation research.