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Admission to Biomedical Sciences Programs


The Division of Biomedical Sciences offers a Ph.D., combined M.D./Ph.D., or M.S. degrees to students through an interdisciplinary, translational research program that incorporates a medical school curriculum with basic science training. Our students become independent research scientists with skills that allow them to bridge the wide gulfs that exist between clinical medicine and basic science research.

Prospective students should apply to the Ph.D. and M.S. programs through the Graduate Division website.

Visit the Graduate Division website

Go to the Graduate Division Application


For assistance with class registration, program requirements, Graduate Division policies, and fellowship and employment matters (TA/GSR),  contact the SOM Biomedical Sciences Admissions Office via email at or visit our office at 1682 SOM Education Building

Phone: (951) 827-4540

Application Information

  • The application portal for the graduate Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences will open September 2018 for summer 2019 admission consideration.
  • The M.S. program features a rolling admissions deadline.

The application process for both the Ph.D. and M.S. programs consists of submitting the online application, GRE scores (and TOEFL scores if required), a filing fee, and official transcripts. Three faculty letters of recommendation should be submitted by your recommenders online based on information you provide in the application. Faculty do not receive the request until you "submit" the application.

The program reviews all formal applications as soon as they are completed. Early applications are welcomed and may result in early admittance decisions.

Applicants to the Ph.D. program should have all items, including transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation submitted by December 1. The programs begin in early July to align with the medical school academic calendar.

December 1 is the priority deadline date for fall and admission and fellowship consideration.

Official transcripts should be sent to the BMSC program from the registrar's office of all academic institutions you have attended after high school. Or, you may send them yourself in the original sealed envelopes.

International applicants must submit one copy of official transcripts and certificates of degree/diploma in their original language, with English translations prepared by the issuing institution. Notarized documents or copies are not accepted. The documents may be sent to our program from the issuing institution or you may send them yourself in the original sealed envelopes.

UCR School of Medicine
Attention: BMSC Program Coordinator
1682 SOM Education Building
Riverside, CA 92521-0121

All Ph.D. applicants for fall should take the GRE test no later than November.

  • The test must be taken within the last five (5) years before the desired date of admission.
  • The minimum GRE score required for admission is 1100 (combined qualitative and quantitative scores).
  • The minimum GRE score required for admission with the new test system is 300 (150 qualitative and 150 quantitative).
  • Please allow a minimum of 3-4 weeks for a test score to be reported to our campus.

GRE UCR code: 4839 - A department code is not necessary.

Visit the Educational Testing Service website for more information on the GRE.

All applicants whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL scores.

  • TOEFL UCR code: 4839 - iBT code: 45
  • This exam must be taken within two years before the desired date of admission.
  • The minimum score for the TOEFL iBT is 80.
  • The minimum TOEFL score required is 550, for the computer base exam is 213.
  • The average TOEFL score of new fall BMSC graduate students is 96.
  • A TOEFL score is not required if the previous two years of a student's studies were conducted at an English speaking institution and/or in the United States.

For more information, visit the Educational Testing Service website or call (609) 771-7100, Monday - Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Please allow a minimum of 3-4 weeks for a test score to be reported to our campus.