Graduate Programs

Ph.D. Degree – Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold at least a Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent at the time of enrollment with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2.

Applicants are expected to have had the equivalent of two semesters of General Chemistry, two semesters of Organic Chemistry, and two semesters of upper level courses, for example in Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Neuroscience, or Physiology.

GRE scores must be current (taken within the past five years), with scores at the 65th percentile or greater preferred. A GRE subject exam is not required.

Individuals for whom English is a second language must have TOEFL of 600 (pBT), 250 (cBT), or 100 (iBT) scores; or 6.5 on the IELTS.

Three letters of recommendation which speak to the scientific competency and experience of the applicant.

Official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate records mailed directly from the college or university registrar.

Personal statement which should include:

  • Long-term career goals to assess reasons behind your application
  • How a Ph.D. in biomedical science helps achieve those goals
  • Initial motivating factors for a career in research
  • Research experience, including dates, places, and duration

Application Process

All students applying for admission to doctoral training at VCU enter via the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal. On the application form, select "Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal-School of Medicine-PhD."

Domestic Applications are submitted online to Graduate Admissions.

International Applicants should refer to the International Admissions website.

To report your GRE or TOEFL score, use VCU Code 5570. 

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 1st, for admission in the fall semester.

Financial Support

Offers of financial support include an annualized stipend of $27,000 which includes funds to contribute to the cost of the health insurance. All students enrolled in advanced degree programs are required to have health insurance coverage. In addition, the cost of all tuition and fees are provided.

For additional information contact John Bigbee, PhD.

Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Medical Center
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