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Admission Requirements

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Admission Requirements

Applicants to biomedical programs should have a bachelor degree in a biological or related discipline (e.g., psychology, chemistry, engineering, physics). Although there are no prerequisite requirements, courses in general biology, cell/molecular biology, calculus, general physics, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry are encouraged.


  • Excellent academic record (minimum overall cumulative GPA = 3.0)
  • Competitive GRE exam scores
  • Research experience in a laboratory setting
  • Publications of abstract and / or papers
  • Co-authorship in a peer-reviewed journal is expected for foreign applicants
  • Strong letters of recommendation from scientists who know the candidate well in a research setting
  • Motivation to pursue state-of-the-art biomedical research

Application Timeline


Online Application

BioMedical’s Centralized Application Service (BioMedCAS) welcomes applicants to use a single online application and one set of materials to apply to multiple biomedical science programs at participating schools. *All applicants to our PhDs in Biomedical Science must apply online through BioMedCAS*.

Note that only complete applications will be considered. We encourage applicants to upload unofficial copies of all application materials to their online application. Please note that this allows us to begin reviewing your application but does not fulfill the requirements of official documentation.

Questions specific to the online application should be referred to the BioMedCAS Help Desk. Please include the following information with your inquiry: username, full name and phone number.

Application Fee

BioMedCAS charges $95 for the first program you apply to and $45 for each additional program. Please note that application fees are non-refundable.

Qualified applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents with documented membership in approved programs or documented financial need may request an application fee waiver. The following are examples of qualifications:

  • AmeriCorp or City Year Volunteer
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minorities Students (ABRCMS)
  • Fulbright Scholars
  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • McNair Scholars
  • Minority Biomedical Research Support Program (RISE)
  • PeaceCorp Volunteers
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
  • Teach for America Volunteers
  • Applicants who fall below the federal poverty guidelines

Applicants who wish to be considered for a fee waiver must complete the Fee Waiver Request Form, submit a copy of their latest 1040, 1040EZ or 4506T-EZ tax form and documentation of scholarship or volunteer participation.

US and Canadian Transcripts

ALL official academic records including degree and certificate programs, English language programs, and incomplete coursework / degrees from all previously attended colleges and universities must be sent directly from each institution. Note that applicants with Canadian transcripts using French grading systems should follow the international transcript instructions below.

Please upload copies of all transcripts with your online application while you request your official records. Official US transcripts are required of applicants who are offered admission.

Electronic transcripts are preferred and should be sent to When requesting electronic transcripts from your institute do NOT select a generic “University of Miami” as these transcripts go to undergraduate admissions.

Paper Transcripts should be mailed to:
University of Miami; Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
1600 NW 10th Ave, Suite 1128-D, M-857; Miami, FL 33136

International Transcripts

Applicants who have attended institutions outside of the US and Canada are required to submit all official transcripts, mark sheets and a photocopy of their diploma(s) (with English translation when applicable). All post-secondary / university transcripts must be accompanied by a course-by-course transcript evaluation from a NACES accredited service such as the World Education Service (Select ICAP Report) or Josef Silny & Associates.

Please upload copies of all transcripts with your online application while you request your official records. Official documents must be received before a formal admission offer will be made.

Transcripts should be mailed from the evaluation service directly to:
University of Miami; Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
1600 NW 10th Ave, Suite 1128-D, M-857; Miami, FL 33136

GRE General Test and GRE Subject Tests

Applicants are required to submit GRE general exam scores taken within the last five years. When registering for the test, please request that your score be sent to University of Miami, institution code 5815.

Additionally, applicants may submit applicable GRE Subject Tests. While not required, strong performance in relevant tests will add to the strength of your application.

If you have completed the GRE exam(s) you may upload unofficial copies of your score report(s) with your online application while waiting for the official scores to be delivered.

English Proficiency Exams

International students whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. This requirement is waived for applicants who have successfully completed 30 consecutive credits at the university level where English was the language of instruction or those who have passed the USMLEs. Test scores must be less than two years old.

TOEFL: When registering for the test, please request that your score be sent to University of Miami, institution code 5756. The minimum score is 80 iBT or 550 PBT.

IELTS: When registering for the test, please request that your score be sent to University of Miami, institution code 4862. The minimum score is 6.5.

Statement of Purpose and Objectives

Your personal essay is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a narrative discussing your past education, experience, and current professional career objectives. Your statement of purpose should describe your:
  • Reasons for interest in your application degree
  • Your specific area(s) of research/professional interest in your application degree
  • Career goals including how you hope to contribute to biomedical research
  • Reasons for interest in the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine

Resume / Curriculum Vitae

All applicants must submit a complete, up-to-date resume / CV that includes all employment, research experience, community service, education and academic or professional honors. Be sure to detail all experience related to the discipline you are applying to including research experience, training, education or other related qualifications with bulleted summaries.

Letters of Recommendation

All applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation from those who are best able to assess your ability to be successful in a graduate degree program. Ideally, your recommenders are recent researchers or employers in a related research or scientific field. Applicants should request that their recommender write a letter that is specific to the discipline for which they are applying. Form letters and recommendations written for medical school applications contribute little to your application and are strongly discouraged.

You will be asked for your recommenders’ contact information on the online application. They will be sent an online form to complete via email. Applicants must submit a minimum of three to a maximum of five recommendations.


After initial committee review of complete applications, select applicants will be invited for Skype and / or on-campus interviews. Interviews are generally scheduled in the month of February and March.

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Please direct all questions to:

Sapna Deo, PhD, Graduate Program Director
Diane Dames, Senior Program Coordinator

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB)
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
1011 NW 15th Street
Gautier Building, MC R629
Miami FL, 33136-1019
Phone: (305) 243-6261
Fax: (305) 243-395