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Qualification of Applicants

The applicant must possess or expect to receive, prior to matriculation in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A strong background in the sciences is considered essential to success in the graduate program. The applicant is required to take the Graduate Record Examination, scoring competitively. Students who have successfully completed graduate courses at another institution may petition for transfer of up to 18 credits towards the degree.

Deadline for Applications

Applications to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience must be received by December 15th to be considered for entrance in the fall of the same year.

Review of Applications

Following receipt of completed applications by the Graduate School Admissions Office, applications from prospective students possessing appropriate qualifications are forwarded for review to the Program Admissions Committee. Invitations for interviews are extended to competitive applicants. These interviews are conducted by the Directors of the Graduate Program, members of the Program Admissions Committee and other program faculty who are conducting research in an area in which the applicant has expressed an interest. The applicant also has the opportunity to meet with graduate students currently matriculated into the program.

Following the interview process the Admissions Committee submits a recommendation to the Directors of the Graduate Program concerning the acceptability of applicants for admission into the graduate program. The Directors of the Graduate Program then make recommendations for admission to the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, who makes the final decision regarding admissions. The Director of Admissions of Thomas Jefferson University Graduate Program notifies each student regarding whether or not they have been accepted into the graduate program.


When I was looking for a Neuroscience Graduate Program I focused on schools which were attached to medical centers or universities. I am particularly interested in neurodegenerative disorders and was intrigued by the commitment to translational Neuroscience I saw here at Jefferson. Even though my expertise and my thesis work are in basic science, I know that I do have and will continue to have the extended resources of the medical school and of the hospital. Although only in my second year I do feel that Jefferson has the breadth of experience and expertise I will need to become a productive scientist myself.

~ Emily Foran, Second Year Graduate Student

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