These application requirements pertain to the following programs:

  • MS Biomedical Sciences
  • MS Cell & Developmental Biology
  • MS Clinical Research
  • MS Microbiology & Immunology
  • MS Pharmacology

Application requirements for the following programs can be found by clicking on the program name:

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions: U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and International Students with Current F-1 Visas

Apply Now

International applicants who are coming from abroad or who are in the U.S. on a non-F-1 Visa are required to submit their admission application by the following dates:

  • Spring 2019:  November 30 (to begin March 18)
  • Summer 2019:  March 15
  • Fall 2019:  May 17

This will ensure enough time to complete the visa process. We still accept and review international applications after the dates above, but may need to defer the application to a later start term due to the visa application timeline.

Decisions are granted on a rolling basis throughout the cycle until the class is filled. We may contact academically eligible applicants via e-mail to schedule an interview (provided space is still available). 

Application Process

Jefferson College of Life Sciences (JCLS) application, TJAPP, is managed through a central application service which collects all of the application materials.

The application fee is $50.00 and needs to be submitted by credit card (Visa or Mastercard only) upon submission of the application. The fee is non-refundable.

We recommend only applying for one program at a time. If you have questions, our admission counselors will be happy to assist you in choosing the program that best meets your professional and educational goals.

When choosing your program, be sure to pick the correct start term (Spring, Summer, Fall).

Please contact us at (215)-503-8890 or email at with questions.

Submit a personal statement/essay describing your reasons for applying to the MS program and Thomas Jefferson University. Detail your research experience and areas of interest regarding research and professional objectives.

Submit your Resume/CV. This can be uploaded in the Document section of the application

Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities they have 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 World Education Services.

All transcripts/evaluations should be sent to TJAPP at the following address with the Transcript Matching Form:

TJAPP Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9130
Watertown, MA 02471

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.

The GRE is optional, not required, for the MS programs in Biomedical Sciences. Applicants may choose to submit the GRE general test to provide additional evidence of their fitness for the program. International students with degrees from non-US institutions are particularly encouraged to submit GRE scores to aid the committee in evaluating their application. 

If you decide to submit GRE scores, please have your official GRE scores sent by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the Jefferson College of Life Sciences (Institution code 2999, no department code needed). You should also self-report your scores as part of the online application.

All international students and U.S. permanent residents must demonstrate English language proficiency as one of the conditions for admission to Thomas Jefferson University. If your native language is not English, or you received your baccalaureate degree in a country where English is not the official language  (refer to comprehensive list of requirements by country PDF), you must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores or fulfill one or more of the conditions necessary to waive the English language proficiency requirement.  TOEFL or IELTS scores are valid for two years; scores older than two years will not be considered.

The TOEFL institution code is 2999

Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with an overall score of at least 87 and individual section scores as follows:









IELTS: An overall score of at least 6.0

  • Report scores on the centralized application system (TJAPP), but request official scores to be sent to Thomas Jefferson University.
  • Scores sent to Thomas Jefferson University should be addressed to:

Thomas Jefferson University
Office of Admissions
130 S. 9th Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107

TOEFL/IELTS requirement will be waived if you have:

Note: 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 Thomas Jefferson University.