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Applying to the Graduate Certificate Programs

Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (JGSBS) has partnered with, UniCAS, a central application service; to collect and manage our applications. The Spring, Summer and Fall 2015 applications are now available here.

Applications are considered on a rolling-admissions basis throughout the year and newly matriculated students may begin coursework in any academic term. (Fall, Spring, and Summer).

Once an application is complete and submitted for review a decision is often reached in one to two weeks.

A complete application consists of:

  • A complete online application submitted with non-refundable, $75.00 application fee
  • Personal statement
  • Resume/CV
  • 1 Letters of recommendation
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • 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 (for a comprehensive list, click here)  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 WES (

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

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

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

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.

We regret that we do not waive the application fee for the certificate programs.

  • Scholarships and assistantships are not available for students in our Graduate Certificate programs. Our students fund their education through a variety of means. Information on applying for financial assistance can be found through our Office of Financial Aid.
  • Many students will fund their education with tuition benefits through their employer. We suggest applicants inquire about their employer’s tuition policy and contact the Office of Admission for more information.

The Graduate Certificate programs are 15-16 credits and can typically be completed in one year.

JGSBS does not require standardized tests for the Graduate Certificate programs.

The JGSBS application has an online recommendation component included in the system. Applicants submit their letters in the Supporting Information section under Evaluations.
See UniCAS submission instructions @

The personal statement should be approximately 500-750 words and explains the reasons for applying to JGSBS as well as research interests/experiences.

The Admissions Office holds several Master of Science Information Sessions throughout the year. A Program Director leads a presentation and answers questions from prospective students while an admissions representative discusses the application process. For upcoming dates visit and check under ‘Upcoming Events’ or go to

Courses taken in the Graduate Certificate programs are the same courses we offer to our MS students. Completed Graduate Certificate courses may later be applied toward a graduate degree program.

Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Admissions Office at (215) 503-4400 while specific questions about the programs can be directed to Eleanor Gorman, Assistant Coordinator for MS Programs in the Basic Sciences, at (215) 503-5799.