How Do I Apply to the Biomedical Sciences PhD Program?
Penn State College of Medicine’s Biomedical Sciences PhD Program follows the application process for The Graduate School at Penn State.
All students must submit an application through The Graduate School.
Before applying, please be sure to read The Graduate School's admission requirements.
Individuals having a baccalaureate (or higher) degree in science-related majors from a United States institution of higher learning, or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution of higher education, such as biology, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, biotechnology, chemistry, physiology or microbiology, may apply for admission to the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.
Individuals with a non-biomedical sciences background may also apply, but acceptance into the program will depend significantly on the applicant’s specific background and statement of purpose for pursuing advanced study in biomedical sciences. An applicant’s undergraduate background must, at minimum, include biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology or genetics.
To complete your application through The Graduate School, please note the following:
- Campus: Select "Hershey Med Ctr."
- Major: Select "Biomedical Sciences."
- Option: If appropriate, select the option of most interest to you. Choosing an option or "None" does not commit an applicant to a specific option, nor does it affect evaluation of your application.
- Degree: Select "Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)." Please note that we do not admit students into an MS degree in Biomedical Sciences.
A complete application through The Graduate School should include:
- Completed online application
- Payment of the $65 application fee
- Copies of official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended, uploaded by the student (do not mail official transcripts unless specifically requested to do so)
- Official GRE general test scores - School Code 2660 - sent directly from the testing agency (see note below under GRE Waivers heading)
- 3 letters of recommendation, uploaded through online application system by person writing the reference
- TOEFL score (if applicable) - School Code 2660 - sent directly from the testing agency
- Personal statement including your reasons for applying to the program; your research interests; your research experience (not including lab courses): and your future goals
- Resume or curriculum vitae
Due to recent natural disasters in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, we are aware that some applicants are unable to schedule the GRE exam prior to the application deadline. GRE waivers are available in extenuating circumstances and should be requested via email to Kristin Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to application submission.
Formal applications for the doctoral program for domestic or international students must be received by Jan. 1 and all supporting documents should be received by Jan. 15.
Review of completed applications begins in November.
Admission to this program is for fall semester only.
Highly competitive applicants selected based on the materials in their completed application package are invited to interview with faculty members in the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Program.
Applicants in the United States visit in-person with expenses paid by the BMS Graduate Program. In addition to meeting with members of the BMS faculty, applicants also have an opportunity to interact with current graduate students.
This visit also provides applicants the opportunity to explore the College of Medicine campus and the Hershey area. Please note, students are required to participate in all interview-related activities.
Highly qualified international applicants are typically interviewed by Skype, giving them an opportunity to interact with several BMS faculty members.
Tentative 2018 Interview Dates
- Jan. 11 to 13, 2018
- Jan. 18 to 20, 2018
- Jan. 25 to 27, 2018
- Feb. 1 to 3, 2018
- Feb. 8 to 10, 2018
- Feb. 15 to 17, 2018