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Graduate Certificates

Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers graduate certificate programs to provide industry, academic, and health professionals with skills and knowledge needed for success in today's health-sciences related environments.

For additional information please contact:

Office of Admission
(215) 503-4400 

Eleanor Gorman
Assistant Coordinator for Master Programs in the Basic Sciences & Graduate Center Programs
(215) 503-5799

The certificate programs (15-18 credit hours of graduate course work in specific fields) will improve technical and managerial skills for career advancement or to gain knowledge and skills in new areas for increased career options without interrupting employment. Programs of study are available in the following fields:

The certificate programs comprise about one-third of the requirement for a Master of Science degree. They use courses selected from our existing programs in the Graduate School — Master of Science in Cell and Developmental Biology, Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, Master of Science in Microbiology, and Master of Science in Pharmacology. As there are fewer course requirements for certificate programs than for formal degree programs, degree candidates may also pursue certificates as part of their graduate curriculum. Courses within certificate programs must be taken for academic credit and may be applied to appropriate existing Master of Science programs. These programs make completing or enhancing a degree or getting new skill sets accessible and affordable.

The health related industries are projected to continue their steady growth for years to come and with the need for highly qualified professionals. In response, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, a leader in planning and implementing high quality graduate programs, through the Graduate Center for Education and Training, has developed certificate programs to be offered at times convenient to practicing professionals and focused on growth areas in healthcare industries.

Qualified Candidates for Certificate Programs

  • Graduates of baccalaureate programs in basic sciences, nursing, health professions, engineering, or business
  • Graduates or students of professional programs (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, law)
  • Graduates or students of doctoral or post-doctoral programs.

Application Process for Graduate Certificate Programs

Applications follow University guidelines. Refer to Admissions for further information. Applicants must submit the application form with a $75.00 non-refundable application fee and the following documents:

  • An official college transcript demonstrating completion of a baccalaureate, graduate or professional degree
  • A letter of recommendation from an employer, supervisor, or academic faculty member. The letter of recommendation may be submitted online.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are recommended but not required. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 550 is required for admission.

Courses completed for a certificate program may later be applied toward a graduate degree program.

Please note that acceptance to and successful completion of a Certificate program does not guarantee admission to a Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences degree program. For more information on applying to a degree program please contact the Office of Admissions at (215) 503-4400.

Further Information

Please contact Eleanor Gorman, Assistant Coordinator for Master's Programs in the Basic Sciences and Graduate Center Programs, at (215) 503-5799, or e-mail to

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.