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How to Apply

Please be sure to complete and submit your online application form before attempting to upload documents and before providing recommendations. Once you have submitted your application, you may then go to the Supplemental Items section of the online application to view your supplemental items and recommendations (menu bar on top of page - you may need to refresh your browser first).  Recommendations are managed by the online application; you will need the email addresses of your recommenders to complete this process

Applicants will need to take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam). Our institutional code is 5848. Our program code is 0606.

NOTE: International students must submit complete applications (including a TOEFL score of 80 or better for the internet based test) by January 1st for fall admission. The Graduate Programs in Life Sciences (GPILS) requires international applicants to provide a transcript evaluation from a NACES member evaluation agency in addition to official, translated transcripts or mark sheets.

If you would like to receive additional information, please create an account here:

In addition to the above test scores, all applicants must also submit a Statement of Purpose, a CV, 3 letters of recommendation, and official copies of transcripts from each college attended. Please be sure that your Statement of Purpose/Essay addresses the following questions:

  • What are your long-term goals and how will this program help you toward attaining those goals?
  • How have you prepared for and what is your plan to reach your long-term goals?
  • What research or whose research are you interested in and why?
  • If applicable, share your past research experiences or encounters with research. Discuss the aspects that impacted you the most.

Once you have created an account you will submit your recommenders emails into the system and they will receive notification to submit letters of recommendation directly into your application package.

GRE scores, TOEFL scores, and official transcripts should be sent to the Graduate School at 620 West Lexington St., 5th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201.

All above application materials must be completed, submitted, and received by January 15th for domestic Ph.D. applicants, by January 1st for international Ph.D. applicants, and by February 15th for all M.S. applicants.  Our priority deadline for Ph.D. applicants is December 1st.

To apply online or for more information please go to the UMB Graduate School website.

Please don't hesitate to contact us at any time during your exploratory and/or application process. Our program boasts a rich and vibrant research community and we are always excited to speak with potential students about our outstanding graduate program.

Students interested in pursuing a dual degree should note the Graduate Program in Life Sciences is associated with two nationally renowned dual-degree programs located right on our campus:

Note: Students interested in pursuing a dual degree will need to apply directly to either one of these programs. 

For frequenty asked questions about our M.S. program click here.

For frequently asked questions about our Ph.D. program click here.