FAQ

Can I submit more than three letters of recommendation for the online application? There is only space to request three.

Yes. Please contact Ms. Jasmine Griffin in the central admissions office at jgriff59@jhmi.edu.. She will advise you on what to do.

Is the GRE general test required for admission?

No. The GRE is not required and will not be considered as part of your application package. Please do not submit GRE scores.

Is the GRE subject test required for admission?

No. The GRE Subject is not required and will not be considered as part of your application. Please do not submit the GRE Subject score.

Is there a minimum undergraduate GPA required for entrance into your program?

No, because we evaluate applications as a whole. However, successful applicants are usually distinguished by a strong undergraduate academic record, along with significant research experience.

Can I apply to more than one program in the School of Medicine?

Yes. You may apply to up to three programs for a single application fee. However, since we receive over 10 times more applicants than training positions we have available, we prioritize applicants who articulate why the BCMB program is specifically a good fit for their research interests and training goals.

Does BCMB require students to TA?

No, it is not a requirement and your stipend is guaranteed without you serving as a TA. However, since teaching is an enriching process, there are opportunities to do so.

If I need additional financial assistance, may I have a job outside of the university?

We have a Financial Aid office to assist students who may need additional funds while attending school. After passing the qualifying exam, students may work up to 16 hours per week outside the university, pending approval by their advisor and the program director.

If I should receive an invitation to interview, does this mean I will be accepted into the program?

No, this is only for an interview opportunity. The admissions coordinator will contact you to assist you with your visit.

How long does it take to obtain a PhD degree?

Currently, our students complete their Ph.D. degrees in 5.7 years (on average).

Can you give me the admissions statistics for your applicants? How many international students are accepted in your program?

This varies, but each year we hold several slots open for our international candidates.

Can students start the program in the spring?

No, BCMB students matriculate in the fall and attend full-time.

Does BCMB have a Master’s program?

No, BCMB is a Ph.D. program only.

Do I actually have to have a BS or BA degree to apply to your program?

No, but you must have a BS or BA undergraduate degree before you matriculate.

Do international students receive a stipend as well as domestic students?

Yes, if you are offered a position in the program you will receive a stipend, full tuition, health and dental coverage.

If I should be offered a position in your program, can I be accepted into the MSTP program?

No, the MSTP program has its own set of requirements. Many students who are accepted in the dual program attend medical school for two years and then enter a PhD program. They return to medical school to finish their degrees once the PhD is completed.

If I should receive an invitation to interview, do I have to come to the university?

Yes, all students who receive an invitation must visit on our designated interview weekends. We usually offer two.