Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

PhD Programs

The Fall 2019 Application is Now Available

Application Requirements


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 1st. 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 (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) and the Biomedical Sciences PhD program . Detail your research experience and areas of research that you are interested in currently and for future study.

Official Transcripts

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, Three Letters Required

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.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (OPTIONAL)

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

English Language 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 (comprehensive list of requirements by country), you must submit official scores from an accepted English proficiency exam such as TOEFL or IELTS (ETS Code: 2999).  TOEFL or IELTS scores are valid for two years; scores older than two years will not be considered.

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 Jefferson College of Life Sciences, Jefferson (Philadadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).