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Applying to PhD Programs FAQ

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

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.

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.

A complete application consists of:

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

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

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

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 (www.wes.org)

For other information (student visa, etc.) please visit our Office of International Affairs

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.

JGSBS is unable to offer application fee waivers

Students accepted to a PhD program in JGSBS 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.

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

JGSBS 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)

The assigned ETS institution code for Jefferson Graduate School 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.

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 @ http://help.unicas.com:8888/tjuHelpPages/instructions-2/application-sections/evaluations/index.html

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

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