Applying to PhD Programs
Jefferson College of Life Sciences (JCLS) application, TJAPP, is managed through a central application service which collects all of the application materials.
The application deadline is December 1. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space available basis.
The application fee is $60.00 and needs to be submitted by credit card (Visa or Mastercard only) upon submission of the application. The fee is non-refundable.
JCLS applicants are applying to our PhD programs via our Flexible Targeted Entry Pathway.
Please choose the following program: PhD Biomedical Sciences.
In the course of the application you will be asked to identify specific PhD programs of interest.
Please submit a personal statement/essay describing your reasons for applying to Jefferson and the Biomedical Sciences PhD program. Detail your research experience and areas of research that you are interested in currently and for future study.
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, research advisor or professional references.
The GRE is optional, not required, for the PhD program 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.
Submit your Resume/CV. This can be uploaded in the Document section of the 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), 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:
- Associate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
- At least 60 college credits earned from no more than three (3) U.S. colleges or universities.
- Citizenship from a country where English is an official language (PDF).
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.