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Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program ~ FAQs

How do I know if I am a competitive applicant?

Several criteria are used to assess an applicant's potential for success. All successful applicants to the BMS PhD program have research experience; most applicants have spent at least a year in a laboratory. Letters of recommendation from faculty members are very important, particularly the letter from the research advisor. The applicant's personal statement, especially the research description, is also heavily weighed in assessing an applicant's potential for graduate study. Strong performance in undergraduate science courses is expected.  GRE scores, Verbal+Quantitative combined are typically above 300; and undergraduate GPA is typically above 3.0. Averages for this year's PhD are 313 and 3.56 respectively

When is the application deadline?

February 1st is the deadline for priority consideration for Ph.D. applications, with a deadline of April 1st. Deadlines are between June 15th and August 1st depending on the Master's program. We sometimes accept applications after these dates, but only until the class is filled.

What is the application fee and can it be waived?

The online application fee is $50. Application fees can be waived for economic considerations. 

What if my GRE scores cannot be reported by the February 15 supplemental materials deadline?

We will accept GRE scores after February 15 if the rest of the application is complete. However, applications will not be considered until the scores are received. Applicants may email the unofficial results of a computer-based GRE test directly to the BMS Program Office (; however, no action may be taken on the application until the official scores are received.

What are the institution and department codes for GRE and TOEFL scores?

The institution code for both the GRE and the TOEFL is 6178.

Does an international applicant with BA/MA from the United States or other English-speaking country need to also submit a TOEFL score?

If the applicant has a BA or MA from a U.S. university, the TOEFL is automatically waived. Also, an international student who attended a U.S. university for one or two years (but did not graduate from that university), may petition to have the TOEFL waived.

When will I find out if I have been accepted?

The Program office arranges to interview all PhD applicants whom they are considering for admission. Interviews of overseas applicants may be conducted by phone. Most interviews take place between late January through March. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis between February 1 and April 15. All offer letters will be sent before April 15.  

Masters applications are reviewed as soon as all required application materials have been received. You can usually expect a decision within two weeks at most. 

Where supporting documents should be sent?

All application related materials for the PHD graduate program and BMS Master's programs should be sent to:

Tulane University
School of Medicine
Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences
1430 Tulane Ave, Mailcode# 8656
New Orleans, LA 70112-2699

Who is eligible to receive financial aid?

All Ph.D. students accepted for full time study into the Ph.D. program will receive a tuition waiver, paid health insurance and competitive 12-month stipends. Most Ph.D. students receive a Teaching Assistance stipend, and a non-service required stipend.   Superior US Applicants can also be considered for certain fellowships.

Masters applicants are not automatically eligible for Financial Aid. Applicants requiring assistance will have to apply for loans through the Office of Financial Aid.