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PhD Admission Requirements

Applicants for the PhD degree must have a Baccalaureate degree prior to admission. Applicants are assessed based on academic history including undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) GPA, a personal statement, Resume or CV, three letters of recommendation, prior research experience (if applicable) and GRE/MCAT scores. An Admissions Committee made up of research scientists reviews all applications. These individuals assess qualifications, select qualified applicants for interviews and ultimately identify applicants whom are offered positions in the program. Applicants selected for interview will contacted by the BMS program staff to make arrangements for their interview and visit.


PhD applications open on October 1st and close on April 1st. Apply early. Interviews begin in January and offers of Admission are made on a rolling basis, although offers may be made as late as April 15th. Although applications are open until April 1st, the class may fill early.


  • The Graduate Record Exam is required. There is no minimum score but successful PhD applicants normally have a combined GRE score above 300. The average GRE for last year’s class was 313. 
  • The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is accepted but is not required.
  • Applicants must either have a Bachelor's degree or be in the final stages of a program leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent. 
  • While there is no minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement, successful PhD applicants normally have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The average GPA of last year's class was 3.56. 
  • There are no formal coursework requirements, however the following classes and associated laboratories provide a good background for PhD coursework: General Biology, General and Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics.

The following Official documents must be received before considering your application complete.

  • Official Transcripts from all prior colleges and universities
  • Official General GRE scores
  • Three recommendations, preferably academic instructors who have direct knowledge of your academic abilities in science-related fields.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for international applicants
  • Applicants whose highest degree is from a foreign university must have their credentials evaluated. The university will accept evaluations done by any credentialing agency listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services web site ( The evaluation replaces the official transcript requirement.

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Personal Interview

Competitive candidates for admission will be invited to visit New Orleans and Tulane University, tour the facilities, meet faculty and graduate students, and have a two-way interview. The interview provides an opportunity for faculty to get a sense of the applicants' interests and capabilities and allows the applicants to meet and interact with Tulane’s current PhD students and instructors to ensure they would be a good fit. Each applicant is encouraged to identify faculty of particular interest so that information about research of special interest to the applicant can be discussed. The faculty link on the main BMS webpage: has links to areas of research interest for over 100 BMS faculty members.