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Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program ~ FAQs

How do I know if I am a competitive applicant?

There are many applicants for each available position in the graduate program. Several criteria are used to assess an applicant's potential for success. All successful applicants to the BMS 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. The minimum requirements for GRE scores are 1100 Verbal+Quantitative combined; the minimum undergraduate GPA of our incoming students is 3.0.

When is the application deadline?

February 1st is the deadline for priority consideration for Ph.D. applications and June 15th is the deadline for Masters applications. We do 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 NOT be waived for any reason. The fees cover only the processing costs and must be submitted in order for your application to be considered.

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 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 by mail before April 15.

Where supporting documents should be sent?

All application related materials for the PHD graduate program 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 tuition payment, paid health insurance and a competitive 12-month stipend. Most Ph.D. students receive a TA stipend, which carries a teaching component.   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.