Admissions Requirements

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Admissions Requirements

We encourage applicants to submit the completed application prior to the December 1 deadline to provide the Admissions Committee with ample time to review each individual application. Applications must include all letters of recommendation before they are sent to the Admissions Committee for review.

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.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must also complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Additional information on the application process can be found on our "Apply Now" page.

If you would like to receive material specific to the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences and our nine programs, please send an e-mail to and request the Viewbook in printed form by mail or as a PDF by e-mail. The Viewbook contains a subset of the material that is found on the website.

Tips on Getting Into Graduate School

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.

MD/PhD Program

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 visit the Emory MD/PhD Program website.