Thank you for your interest in the Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology Graduate Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Visit the School of Medicine Graduate Programs application page to access the online application. The deadline for application to the BCMB graduate program is December 1, 2021. The following materials are needed:

  • Completed Online Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Interest and Career Objectives
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Application Fee

Curriculum Vitae
The C.V. should outline your academic, professional, research, and volunteer activities relevant to preparing to pursue a PhD in biomedical science. In addition, you may wish to highlight honors you’ve received; leadership and/or service efforts you’ve pursued; extramural activities that demonstrate persistence, skill, and/or commitment (e.g. achievements in sports, music, art, etc); and/or contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Statement of Interest and Career Objectives
The one-page Statement of Interest and Career Objectives should describe your motivations for pursuing a graduate degree, your scientific preparation, and your long-term career goals. It should include a concise description of one of your research experiences, outline your areas of interest for graduate research, and describe why the BCMB program aligns well with your research and career goals. You may also use the Statement of Interest to briefly highlight outreach, leadership, or service efforts that are important you as you pursue your career in science.

The Statement of Interest allows you to introduce yourself and your strengths, motivations, interests and values to the admissions committee. It further serves to demonstrate to the admissions committee that (1) you are committed to pursuing a PhD and understand what it takes to succeed in graduate school, (2) you are intellectually engaged in your science and can communicate it to a broad audience, and (3) the training offered by the BCMB program aligns well with your research and career interests.

Letters of Recommendation
We require three letters of recommendation to be submitted through the online application system. Letters are a critically important component of your application and we encourage you to request them from faculty members or other professionals who can comment on your aptitude and promise for independent research. Letters from individuals who supervised your research or academic work and can speak to your intellectual abilities and contributions, creativity, resilience, initiative, and independence are most valuable to the admissions committee.

In the application, you will be asked if you would like to waive or retain your right to access your letters of recommendation. If you are uncertain of the implications of this decision, we encourage you to consult with your advisors or academic counselors prior to deciding.

Degree Requirements
A bachelor’s degree from a qualified college or university is required for matriculation. A strong academic foundation with coursework in biology, chemistry, physical sciences, and quantitative analysis is expected.

Standardized Tests
The GRE General and Subject tests are not required and will not be considered if submitted. The TOEFL or IELTS is required for international applicants, except those from countries where the official language is English or those who have completed or will complete a degree at a U.S. institution prior to matriculation.

Failure to submit a complete application will result in a significant delay in the application review process.

The application for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine graduate programs 2022 academic year will be live beginning September 1, 2021 – APPLY NOW.

The application fee will be charged upon completion of your first application. For the second and third application, the “Finalize and Pay” button will appear, but there will be no additional charge.

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Virtual Interview Weekends
In the 2021-2022 application cycle, BCMB will host two weekends for selected applicants to virtually meet BCMB faculty and current graduate students, learn first hand about the program, and get a feeling for campus and Baltimore. Attending one of these interview weekends is by invitation only.

Criminal Background Check
All Johns Hopkins University graduate students who are accepted will be subject to criminal background investigations. Generally, all offers of admission to School of Medicine degree programs will be conditioned on satisfactory criminal background investigations.

Financial Aid
All students accepted into the BCMB program will receive full tuition, health and dental insurance, and stipend support for the duration of their studies. The stipend for current students as of July 1, 2022 is $35,608.00. Each year the stipend is adjusted to reflect cost-of-living increases.

Vivien Thomas PhD Scholars
The Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI) is a new endowed fellowship program at Johns Hopkins for PhD students in STEM fields. It provides full tuition, stipend, and benefits while also providing targeted mentoring, networking, community, and professional development opportunities. Students who have attended a historically black college and university (HBCU) or other minority serving institution (MSI) for undergraduate study are eligible to apply. More information about the VTSI program is available at this link: To be considered for the VTSI, all components of the PhD program application, including the VTSI supplemental components must be completed by December 1, 2021. All supplementary application material including letters of recommendation also must be received by December 1.

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