Biomedical Sciences Admissions
The Graduate Program in Molecular Pathology will be not be accepting
applications as of September 2008 due to it's merging with The Biomedical Sciences Program.
Click here to apply on-line with BMS and check 'Molecular Pathology Graduate Program' as your desired tract. The BMS program only offers Fall Quarter admission; there are no January or other mid-year entries into the program.
- One Official Transcript from EACH university attended mailed to: Graduate Program Coordinator; 9500 Gilman Drive #0685; University of California, San Diego; La Jolla, CA 92093-0612
UCSD requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 for admission to graduate
school. Most applicants for the BMS program have a GPA of 3.3 or higher. The Biomedical Science Admissions Committee will
on the applicant's cumulative and science GPAs. Required courses
include biochemistry, molecular biology, organic chemistry, math through calculus, biology, and preferably mammalian
- GRE General Test and the specific
Subject Test in Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular
directly to UCSD by
Institution: 4836, and Department Code: 0215 on their test registration
form. Both the general GRE and the subject GRE test are required.
Although you manually enter your scores in the online application, you still must have them officially sent from ETS.
Applicants should plan to take their tests in the early fall so results can be reported to the program before the admissions deadline. All test scores must be less than five years old. The specific subject test is essential to demonstrate retained knowledge in the biological sciences and
preparation for first year classes, which do not spend significant time in review. The specific subject test of the GRE is essential for foreign graduate applicants as well, because it demonstrates that the students have learned the
English translations of terms used in the students native language. Applicants may submit scores for their specific subject section after the formal December 1st deadline, but completed applications that include scores for the specific subject section will be more competitive.
- TOEFL scores sent directly to UCSD by designating Institution Code 4836 and Department Code 74.
The TOEFL is required of all foreign applicants except those whose native language is English and those who have been enrolled full-time in an academic program for at least one year at an English-speaking institution. All test scores must be less than five years old.
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation to be submitted online (guidelines for requesting letters from faculty are available in the online application process).
These are of great value in assessing a student's qualifications
for a career in research. It is advantageous to have letters submitted
by well-known faculty who can critically evaluate a student's
academic performance, undergraduate research experience, and potential
for completion of a doctorate program in the field of molecular
- Statement of Purpose to be submitted online as part of the online application. There is a 2500-word limit.
- Application Fee paid online with a credit card as part of the online application.
$80.00 for US Citizens and Permanent Resident Applicants
$100.00 for International Applicants.
Previous Undergraduate and/or post-baccalaureate research experience
is strongly recommended. This experience gives the student an
opportunity to experience the daily rigors and rewards of laboratory
research. These experiences will aid the student in justifying
to the admissions committee their desire and ability to complete the doctoral program in Molecular Pathology here at UCSD.
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