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Admissions Information


Students enter the Department and affiliated programs via the umbrella Ph.D. graduate program, Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS), which offers training by integrating the foundations of interdisciplinary biomedical research with focused investigation.  Admissions criteria and online applications can be found on the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences website.

Specific information about the Department of Microbiology and its graduate programs can be obtained by contacting the Microbiology Office.


Students must have received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a strong background in biological and physical sciences. The applicant’s academic record, references, GRE test results and related work experience are considered in the admissions process. Only the GRE General Test is required. International students must demonstrate competence in English. Candidates are encouraged to take the GRE tests in Octobers and to complete their applications before January 1.


The institutional code for both GRE and TOEFL is 3251 and the departmental code is 0212 for GRE and 07 for TOEFL.


All Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. students who are admitted to the Department are automatically considered eligible for full financial aid. Financial aid consists of a stipend, tuition, activity fees and health insurance. For the 2012/2013 academic year, the stipend is set at $30,500 for entering students, and $31,500 for students who have passed their qualifying exams. Students are also eligible to compete for support from outside agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. While in graduate school, students are also eligible to compete with other students in the Division for research and travel awards from the Department and Boston University School of Medicine.

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