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Applicants for the PhD degree must either have or be in the final stages of a program leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent.  There are no formal coursework requirements, however the following classes and associated laboratories provide a good background for graduate coursework:

General Biology
General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Prior research experience is an asset.

Important information regarding February Deadlines for PhD Applicants: Priority Applications are due February 1. After that date the office will continue to accept applications and supporting documentation on a rolling basis until the class is full.

Deadline for receipt of completed Masters applications: June 15. Applications received after this date will be considered only as space  allows. Deadline for receipt of supporting documentation: June 30.

The following official documents must be received to consider your application complete:

  • Official transcripts from all prior colleges or universities.
  • Official General GRE* (or MCAT scores for Masters degrees).
  • Recommendations from three individuals, preferably academic instructors, who have direct knowledge of the applicant's academic abilities in science related fields.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required of all foreign applicants. The ETS Institutional code is 6178. There is no Department code.

All test scores must be submitted directly to the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences by ETS. We may review copies of official documents, but will not offer acceptance until all official documents are received. All completed applications will be considered by the Biomedical Science Steering Committee except for the Masters Programs in Pharmacology and Human Genetics. These departments will consider their applicants independently.

Competitive candidates for admission will be invited to visit Tulane University, tour the facilities, meet faculty and graduate students, and have a formal interview.

Provisional admission may be granted to students who have not completed all the application requirements, e.g., the submission of acceptable GRE or TOEFL scores. Probationary admission may be granted upon conditions which the applicant must fulfill in the first semester or first year of enrollment in order to have the probationary status changed to regular degree status.

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Application Fee

The nonrefundable online application fee is $50 for the PhD and Masters degrees. Fees may be paid by credit card as part of the online application system. Applications submitted without the fee will not be processed.

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Personal Statement

Applicants must prepare a statement of career objectives (not to exceed 500 words) describing why they are interested in a particular field of study and why they would like to attend the Tulane University, Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. Students applying online can submit the personal statement as part of the online application.

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Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must provide three letters of recommendation appraising your potential to succeed at Tulane’s Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences.

Recommenders must use the Online Application to upload Recommendation Letters.

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Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study are required. The applicant is to gather all transcripts in sealed envelopes from the registrar of the issuing institution and send those unopened transcripts to the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences along with all other application materials. Photocopied transcripts, faxed transcripts, and student copies of transcripts are not acceptable. Final transcripts indicating receipt of degree must be submitted before the beginning of the incoming semester.

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GRE Scores

All applicants to the PhD program are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test. A minimum combined score of 300 is required for the applicant to be considered. The GRE subject test is not required. For GRE information, visit the GRE web site or contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS). When requesting ETS to send your score to the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, please use the code for the school (6178).

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Non-Native English Speakers

In addition to admissions requirements, applicants who are not native speakers of English must demonstrate an adequate command of the English language. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or other evidence of English proficiency are required. A minimum TOEFL score of 600 points on the written exam, 250 on the computerized exam, or 80-83 on the internet-based exam is required. For more information about the TOEFL, visit the TOEFL website or contact ETS. When requesting ETS to send your score to the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, please use the code for the school (6178). The TOEFL requirement is waived for applicants who have received a degree from an institution where instruction was conducted in English.

An applicant whose competence in English is unproven or insufficient may be admitted with probationary status on the condition that competence will be proven or improved. The student may be required to prove competence by earning an acceptable score on a test of English (either TSE, TOEFL, or a Tulane University test). A student who scores below the acceptable level of competence may be required to register for less than a full graduate program and to take English as a Second Language instruction without credit until the ESL program director certifies the student's competence.

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International Students

The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences does not set a specific number of International Students that it will admit each year, but instead weighs the applications of all applicants to select those who are the best qualified. About twenty-five percent of our students come from countries outside the United States every year.
For International applicants and other individuals living outside the United States, the interview process is usually conducted by telephone.

Students from outside the United States receive the same financial package as U.S. citizens. For more information on tuition scholarship and stipend, see Financial Aid

The Center for International Students and Scholars will contact admitted international applicants regarding funds and visa paperwork three to four months before the start date of school.

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Applicants who have submitted an application for admission in the previous year may choose to use their statement of career objectives, letters of recommendation, and test score from the previous application, or submit an updated statement, additional letters of recommendation and a new test score at the time of reapplication. These applicants are, however, required to submit a new application form, the application fee, transcripts of any courses taken since the last application was submitted, and a letter requesting to have their application reactivated.

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Special Students

Admission as a special student, non-degree status, ordinarily allows the student to register for a total of no more than nine semester hours of graduate credit.

The program will not consider any student for admission until all the following documents, plus the $50 online application fee, have been received:

  • Application form (must be submitted online)
  • An official copy of all post-secondary academic transcripts

After nine hours of graduate course work at Tulane have been completed, the student on special non-degree status may not register for additional graduate credit. A special student who wishes to be considered for admission to a degree program may reapply to the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. (See requirements described under Admission to Degree Programs.) Upon the recommendation of the department chairperson and approval of the Assistant Dean, graduate-level course work done as a special student may be transferred for credit to a degree program.

The deadline for Special Student Registration is two weeks before the first day of the semester. All applications, transcripts and payments must be turned in before that time or the student will not be allowed to register for that term.

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