Whether you are interested in a career in healthcare, biomedical research, biotechnology, or academia, our mission at Graduate Medical Sciences is to help you reach those goals. Applicants who have completed all requirements for a baccalaureate degree from a recognized college or university are invited to apply for admission into one (or up to two) of our graduate programs.
The Admissions Office in GMS, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate against qualified applicants to any of our over 30 different master’s or doctoral programs. Here in GMS we promote an all-inclusive and diverse environment that builds a strong, enriching, and collaborative learning community. In fact, we expect students to abide by a set of GMS Technical Standards that signal a high level of competence across the range of knowledge, critical judgment, and technical skills generally expected of scientists and health-related professionals.
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Learn about the International Student Experience
Additional Application Information for International Students
**Please note that processing of visa applications and entry documents into the U.S. for international students has wait times up to 6 months. Therefore, you are advised to complete your application as soon as possible.**
- Supporting Documents:
- Students must submit their unofficial transcript(s) and letters of recommendation in English to be reviewed via the applicant portal. A WES evaluation (www.wes.org) is not required but is helpful for the review process.
- Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English.
- CHANGES FOR 2022 ADMISSIONS: BU will continue to accept the online Duolingo English proficiency exam to accommodate those applicants unable to take the TOEFL/IELTS tests. Learn more about the Duolingo test.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)/IELTS/Duolingo results must be submitted by the following applicants (NOTE – The Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS) and the Physician Assistant Program will only accept TOEFL and IELTS).
- Those who received their undergraduate/graduate degrees in a non-English-speaking country even if the medium of instruction was English in the country (example: India).
- Those who may have studied as an exchange student in an English-speaking country (example: Chinese student studies as exchange student in USA).
- Those who may have enrolled in a “dual degree” program with an institution in a country other than United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland (Example: Indian student has a dual degree from a program in Singapore).
- Note that the TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo requirement is waived only if you have received, or expect to receive, an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland.
- The minimum score range requirement for TOEFL is 90-100, depending on the program, with a minimum of 20 in each section.
- Minimum score for DuoLingo is 105. If you take the Duolingo exam, please submit the individualized URL for your test score by emailing the admissions office (email@example.com).
- Financial Documentation
- International Masters students who accept an admission offer must submit financial documents that support projected expenses via the WebadMIT applicant portal. The funds must be liquid and can be in the form of a loan from a bank or from a relative as long as a current bank statement for the relative shows the requisite bank balance. The applicant must submit a signed letter of support for their education at Boston University from the relative pledging the loan or the bank lender. Learn more if all or part of your tuition is to be a billed to a sponsor.
- Financial documentation for international Ph.D. applicants is NOT required.
Additional Documents Required
International students will be prompted to complete a separate section of materials once they have been admitted to their program of interest and accepted the offer. Please keep in mind that processing of international documents can take as long as six months. We encourage you to apply early.
For master’s students, it is suggested that if you are applying for spring admission (January start), that you submit your application no later than October 15th, and for fall admission (September start), that you submit your application no later than June 1st.
Since doctoral students are only accepted for fall admissions with earlier application deadlines, their supporting ISSO documents should be submitted in the spring once they have confirmed their commitment to a GMS doctoral program.
These documents can be found here under ISSO (http://www.bu.edu/isso/) on the Documents page (http://www.bu.edu/isso/getting-started/documents-procedures/) and include International Student Data form, passport, and Immigration documents, etc.
Raissa, past President of our Graduate Student Organization and Graduate of our MS in Anatomy & Neurobiology Program shares some tips.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Learn about tuition and fees, in addition to financial aid opportunities at GMS.
If you are seeking financial aid, we advise you to complete the optional SSN section of your application to expedite the process. Learn about tuition and financial aid.
If you would like to request a waiver to cover the application fee please follow the directions and complete the form found here. This request is confidential.
Spring 2021 Virtual Fair Recordings
Learn from our recent Spring Virtual Fair.
Learn about the BMC Employee Tuition Discount.
To take a course as a non-degree student, please use the following process. The non-degree application is for an individual with an accredited bachelor’s degree or its international equivalent who do not wish to enter a degree program but wish to take a course(s). Except under unusual circumstances, non-degree students may transfer no more than 8 credits for a master’s degree program or 16 credits for a Ph.D. degree program. In order to transfer credits toward a degree, course grades received must be a “B” or higher.
- Complete the non-degree application form.
- Complete the Add/Drop form and have it signed by the course instructor.
- An official transcript for every undergraduate institution from which you have taken coursework for credits.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off the form to the GMS Registrar, Millie Agosto in the Student Services Office, L-309
Please see the tuition page for up-to-date costs per credit. Non-degree applicants are not eligible for University sources of financial aid or aid that requires matriculation in a degree program.