Thomas Jefferson University
PhD Programs


Application Requirements


Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences (JCBS) has partnered with UniCAS, a central application service, to collect and manage applications to our PhD programs.

UniCAS offers a detailed Instruction Manual in the Help Center section. 
Read the PhD application Checklist (PDF) for additional clarification regarding the application and JCBS requirements.

The application fee is $75.00 and needs to be submitted by credit card (Visa or Mastercard only) upon submission of the application. The fee is non-refundable.

In the application dropdown menu, be sure to choose one of the following programs for Fall 2015:

  • PhD-Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
  • PhD-Cell & Developmental Biology
  • PhD-Genetics, Genomics & Cancer Biology
  • PhD-Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis
  • PhD-Neuroscience

PhD applicants can apply to only one program per term. If you are interested in more than one area of study, you have the opportunity to list your other program choices (in order of importance) in the Supplemental Question portion of the application.


Submit a personal statement/essay describing your reasons for applying to the PhD program and Thomas Jefferson University. Detail your research experience and areas of interest regarding research & professional objectives.

See the UniCAS submission instructions for how to include a statement/essay with your application.

Official Transcripts

Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities they have attended. This includes any study-abroad programs or transfer credit not reflected on undergraduate transcripts with full course titles and final grades.

If your courses were completed outside of the United States, you must submit a course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services.

All transcripts/evaluations will be sent to UniCAS at the following address:

Thomas Jefferson CAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9130
Watertown, MA 02471

Letters of Reference, Three Letters Required

Letters of reference should be written by people who can comment from personal knowledge on the applicant's academic qualifications, preferably from individual faculty or pre-professional committees. If, however, an applicant has been out of school for a number of years, s/he may substitute professional references.

See UniCAS submission instructions for how to submit Letters of Reference.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test

The assigned institution code for Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences is 2999.

Scores need to be received from ETS. Expired or unofficial scores will not be accepted.


See the UniCAS submission instructions for how to include your resume/CV with your application.

English Language Proficiency

If your native language is not English, or you received your baccalaureate degree from an institution where English is not the official language of instruction (comprehensive list of requirements by country), you must submit official scores from an accepted English proficiency exam such as TOEFL or IELTS.

Note: Under no circumstances can any application materials submitted to the Office of Admission be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another college, university or third party. All records submitted in support of an Application for Admission become property of Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University.