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The faculty of the Graduate College encourages diversity among the student population and therefore, seeks to admit persons from various backgrounds. The Graduate College uses the following guidelines to evaluate candidates for admission. Individual divisions within the college may have additional requirements and criteria for admission. Applicants are encouraged to check with the division of interest first. The college's requirements are as follows:

1.     All students must complete and submit the online application to the Graduate College along with the statement of purpose and CV.  The statement of purpose (maximum of 500 words) should include a section about your research interests as they pertain to graduate school in the biomedical sciences.  You may include past undergraduate studies, research experience or activities that have influenced your specific areas of interest.
2.     A minimum of three letters of recommendation are required and a minimum of two should come from academic sources.  Official letters of recommendation must come from them recommender and be emailed to
3.     An interview may be required. 
4.     Students must have scores submitted for the GRE, or an equivalent test (e.g., MCAT, DAT, PCAT or STEP 1 and STEP 2 of the US MLE.  Although no specific score on these exams is required, students scoring above the 50th percentile are strongly encouraged to apply.  GRE is waived for applicants with a PhD degree in Basic Science or a professional degree in Health Sciences (e.g., MD, DO, DDS, PharmD).
5.     Students with 3.0 or better on a 4 point scale are strongly encouraged to apply.
6.     Please submit an official transcript from each college or university attended.  All transcripts must be received in an original sealed envelope from the institution.  If coursework was completed outside of the U.S., applicants must submit a course by course evaluation from ECE (  We no longer accept WES evaluations.
7.     Applicants whose native language is other than English and who do not hold an equivalent of a US Bachelor's degree from an institution at which English is the language of instruction, must submit TOEFL scores.  Step 2 US MLE scores (both CS and CK) may be substituted for the TOEFL.

Important Deadlines

MS Research Programs: (Anatomy/Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biomechanics, Immunology/Microbiology, and Pharmacology)

  • Priority deadine: March 30th
  • Final deadline: May 15th

PhD Research Programs: (Anatomy/Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biomechanics, Immunology/Microbiology, Molecular Biophysics/Physiology, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology)

  • Priority deadline: February 15th
  • Final deadline: March 30th

 MS in Biotechnology

  • Priority deadline: March 30th
  • Final deadline: May 15th

MS in Clinical Research

  • Final deadline: June 1st
  • Rush/Stroger residents and fellows only: July 15th

See the Web pages for Admission Services for more information.



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