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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. Applications are generally accepted from September to December for fall entry only. Select applicants will be offered an interview.

COMPETITIVE CANDIDATES WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Excellent academic record
  • Competitive GRE exam scores
  • Research experience in a laboratory setting
  • Publications of abstract and / or papers
  • Co-authorship in a peer-reviewed journal is recommended
  • Strong letters of recommendation from research scientists who know the candidate well
  • Motivation to pursue state-of-the-art biomedical research

Online Application

All applicants must apply online through CollegeNET. 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.
  • Upload each document as a separate file (i.e. – do not merge your resume with your transcripts)
  • The preferred PDF file format is Optimized PDF
  • PDF files cannot have a digital signature or password protection.
  • Each file must be limited 5MB or less.

Questions specific to the online application should be referred to the CollegeNET Help Desk. Please include the following information with your inquiry: User Name, Full Name and Phone Number

Application Fee

The application fee is $65.00 USD. Payment is accepted via debit or credit card. Applicants who hold a US checking account may submit electronic checks to CollegeNET. 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.

Transcripts

US and CanadianALL 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 from non-English institutions should follow the international transcript instructions below.

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.

International TranscriptsApplicants 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 INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THEIR OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS BY JANUARY 31ST.

Chinese transcripts must be submitted with an original verification report in addition to original copies of the transcript and diploma with English translation must be mailed directly by the CDGDC. Contact the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) at www.cdgdc.edu.cn

Indian transcripts must be accompanied by ALL marksheets including both fail and pass reports.

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 to:
University of Miami
Office of 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.

Interviews

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 sdeo@med.miami.edu
Diane Dames, Senior Program Coordinator ddames@med.miami.edu

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB)
bmbinfo@miami.edu
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