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Applying to Masters Programs FAQs

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. Please note the MS in Forensic Toxicology program will be utilizing a separate application for students applying for Fall 2015 which can be accessed 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).

A decision is often reached in two to three weeks from the time the application is complete.Once an application is complete and submitted for review, the admission committee interviews all applicants whom they are considering for admission.

A complete application consists of:

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

Students applying to the Master of Science in Pharmacology should have taken undergraduate general and organic chemistry courses and at least one biology course. An undergraduate biochemistry course is strongly recommended, but not required.

  • 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.

  • Scholarships and assistantships are not available for students in our M.S. 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.

All MS programs are designed to be part-time which allows students the opportunity to hold a full-time job. The shortest time to complete the programs is typically two to two and a half years. Most candidates complete the program in two and a half to four years.

As a general policy, applicants to the MS programs are required to take either the GRE® (Graduate Record Examination) or the MCAT® (Medical College Admission Test). However, the GRE or MCAT requirement may be waived for:

  • applicants with advanced degrees from accredited institutions
  • applicants who have taken JGSBS graduate level courses with grades of B or better
  • applicants with substantial work experience in relevant fields

Waivers are granted at the discretion of the Admission Committee and the applicant needs to request the waiver during the application process by emailing the Director of Admissions.

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

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).

The JGSBS application has an online recommendation 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 JCGS as well as research interests/experiences.

The MS programs are not post-baccalaureate pre-medical programs and are not designed to prepare students for medical or other professional schools. The curriculum and training methods are intended to prepare students for a wide range of positions in the biomedical sciences in industry, government, academia or PhD degree programs. That being said, graduates have gone on to apply and be accepted to various professional school programs.

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

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.