Thomas Jefferson University
PhD Programs

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I apply?

JCBS has partnered with UniCAS, a central application service, to collect and manage our applications. The Fall 2015 application is now available here

What is the application deadline for the PhD programs?

The priority application deadline is December 15th. Applications received after this date will be considered at the discretion of the admissions committee of the desired program and on a space available basis.

What is the application timeline and when can I expect a decision?

Most interviews take place between late January and mid-March, and applicants are notified of their acceptance between February and May.

The admission committees interview all applicants whom they are considering for admission. If the candidates are overseas, interviews can be conducted by phone and/or video conference.

What materials do I need to complete my application?

A complete application consists of:

  • A complete online application submitted with the $75.00 application fee
  • Personal statement
  • Resume/CV
  • Three Letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Standardized test scores sent directly from testing service (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS)

Where do I send my official transcripts?

Official Transcripts and WES evaluations (if applicable) should be sent to:

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

I am an International applicant. Are there any additional requirements or information that I should know?

  • English 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.
  • Transcript Evaluation:
    If you completed your undergraduate/graduate work outside of the United States, you must submit a course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES).

For other information (Student VISA, etc.) please visit our Office of International Affairs.

What is the application fee?

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.

Is it possible to obtain a waiver for the application fee?

JCBS does not offer fee waivers.

Does JCBS offer financial aid to PhD candidates?

Students accepted to a PhD program in JCBS receive a fellowship, which includes tuition, fees, health insurance and a competitive stipend. This fellowship is granted regardless of financial need.

The stipend for the 2014/2015 academic year is $28,000.

If students are interested in applying for additional funds through student loans, etc., they can contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

What standardized tests are required for the PhD programs?

JCBS requires the general GRE for all PhD applicants.

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.

What is the minimum GPA and GRE score required for admission to a PhD program?

JCBS does not have a minimum GPA or GRE requirement. When reviewing applications, the admission committees are taking into account all components of the application to make a final decision.

The average scores for our 2014 PhD cohort are:

  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.5
  • GRE scores (verbal + quantitative): 1290 (old scoring) 313 (new scoring)

What are the GRE and TOEFL codes?

The assigned ETS institution code for Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences is 2999. You are not required to enter a separate ETS department code since all materials are sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

If my GRE® scores are more than 5 years old, or TOEFL® score is over 2 years old, are they still valid?

ETS will not issue GRE® scores that are more than 5 years old or TOEFL® scores more than 2 years old. If the scores have expired, applicants will be required to retake the test(s).

How do I submit my letters of recommendation?

The JCBS UniCAS application has an online recommendation included in the system. Applicants submit their letters in the Supporting Information section under Evaluations. For more detail, read the UniCAS submission instructions.

How long should my personal statement be?

The personal statement should be approximately 500-750 words and explain your reasons for applying to JCBS as well as your research interests/experiences.

Who can I contact with more questions?

If you are unable to find your answer on our website or in the instructions, you may contact the JCBS Admissions Office or call us at 215-503-4400.