PhD Admission

Admission Criteria

The Admission Committee will consider applications based on the following factors:

Overall Grade Point Average (GPA)

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Special attention is given to grades achieved in science courses relevant to the program (e.g., chemistry, biology, biochemistry, pharmacology and physiology).

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Score

GRE scores of 153 Quantitative and 144 Verbal (new exam) or a combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE score of 1000 (old exam) are required. However, priority for financial support is given to applicants with GRE scores of at least 308 (new exam) or 1200 (old exam).

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters from faculty knowledgeable of the student’s ability and capability are required. These letters should provide a thorough assessment of the student’s experience in laboratory research, ability to communicate in verbal and written English, motivation, creativity and other qualities in the student’s academic performance.

TOEFL Scores for International Applicants

A minimum TOEFL (computer based) score of 100 is required. A score of 100 is highly competitive for admission and financial support. An IELTS score of 7 is competitive; and an IBT minimum score of 100, with at least 20 in each section, is required.

Research and Professional Experience

The student’s research and professional experience should be well described within the application. A personal statement summarizing career objectives and research interests, published manuscripts and letters of reference should be included. These documents will help the admissions committee in their evaluation of the candidate’s background preparation for success in the PhD program. For those interested in pursuing PhD training in the Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics Track, special emphasis will be given to applicants with an advanced professional degree (e.g. PharmD, MD, DDS).