Admissions committees consider prior research experience to be the most important factor in the application review process, followed in order by letters of recommendation from research mentors, transcripts and GPA, other relevant letters of recommendation, if any, honors and/or leadership positions, and GRE scores. GRE scores are required as part of the application, but our program admissions committees recognize that they may be a poor predictor of graduate school success. Some programs may make use of them, but others do not. Please refer to each program’s website for additional information regarding the admissions process.
Members of the admissions committees consider all portions of the application when making their decision. We have no set minimums. General requirements include:
- A strong undergraduate background in the physical, biological, or behavioral sciences.
- A cumulative average of B+ or better in major science courses.
- High motivation for a career in biological or biomedical research.
- Strong letters of recommendation (three are required).
- A thoughtfully written Statement of Purpose that includes information on why you want to attend graduate school, any research interests you may have, and details on any prior research experience, including the extent to which you were intellectually and independently involved in your research project.
- All applicants (including international applicants) must submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE). Scores must not be more than five years old. Our institution code is 5187 and there is no department code.
- International applicants whose native language is not English must also complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Some programs may have an additional requirement or recommendation for applicants, so you should review the admissions page for the program you are applying to.
Additional information on the application process can be found on our "Apply Now" page.
If you would like to receive additional information on the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences and its eight programs please complete our inquiry form. We will send you a copy of our Viewbook, as well as periodic emails with additional information about our programs, Emory, and the Atlanta area.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Intramural Training and Education in collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Graduate, Research, Education, and Training (GREAT) has produced a video, “What Admissions Directors Think about Getting Into Graduate School.” The video will be of interest to students applying to graduate school.
Students applying to the Medical Scientist MD/PhD Program should have an outstanding academic background in science or mathematics, as well as research experience as undergraduates. Application to the program is accomplished through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) to the Emory University School of Medicine (deadline October 15th). All supplemental materials and letters of recommendation must be received by the Emory Medical School Office of Admissions by December 1. Acceptance into the MD/PhD Program usually occurs prior to entering the first or second year of medical school. Tuition and a competitive yearly stipend are provided for all students accepted into the MD/PhD Program. This program is supported in part by a Medical Scientist Training Program grant from the National Institutes of Health. To learn more about the Emory MD/PhD Program, please visit their website: http://med.emory.edu/MDPHD/.