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Application Requirements

1. Application

The 2015 application will be available by the end of September

Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 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.
Please download this supplemental information for additional clarification regarding the application & Jefferson requirements.

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In the application dropdown menu, be sure to choose one of the following programs for Fall 2014:
    PhD-Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
    PhD-Cell & Developmental Biology
    PhD-Genetics, Genomics & Cancer Biology
    PhD-Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis

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.

2. $75.00 Application Fee (non-refundable)

3. Personal Statement

Describe your specific reasons for applying to the PhD program you chose and Thomas Jefferson University. Detail your professional objectives, including your areas of interest regarding research, study, and career.

The personal statement can be uploaded in the Supporting Information section of the application under Attachments. There is also a text box in the Supplemental Questions for the statement.

4. Official Transcripts

Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities 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 WES (

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.

5. 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.

Applicants will submit their letters of recommendation through the UniCAS Application.

6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test

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

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

7. Resume/CV

The Resume/CV can be uploaded to the Supporting Information section of the application under Attachments

8. 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 (for a comprehensive list, click here)  you must submit official scores from an accepted English proficiency exam such as TOEFL or IELTS.

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 Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University.