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Our current students and applicants represent a wide a range of undergraduate institutions & science majors. While most of our successful applicants have scored above 307 on the GRE and hold a GPA of 3.0 or above, we review each application in its entirety in determining a candidate's eligibilty.

This means that strong research experience combined with the ability to demonstrate a solid understanding of the research is also taken into account when considering an application. Test scores are an extremely valuable set of initial criteria but are not the only consideration. Please review these instructions and application checklist requirements prior to completion of the online application.


Students begin the Molecular Medicine PhD Program on July 1 or September 1.  Completed applications for admission must be received by the annual deadline of January 5th. For early decision consideration, please submit completed applications by December 1st.

Application Requirements

Please review these instuctions and application checkilst requirements prior to completion of the online application.  

  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of Recommendation from three professional contacts 
  • Essay/Goals Statement
  • Official transcripts from all previous institutions of higher education
  • GRE scores
  • Application fee
  • International students: TOEFL (within 2 years) in addition to GRE
  • International students: Official transcripts must be submitted one in native language and one in English language.

READY TO APPLYComplete Online Application to the Graduate School


The CV should be 3 pages or less. Email the CV directly to

Letters of Recommendation

Letter of Recommendation online forms should be submitted on your behalf from professors or others who can attest to the quality of your academic performance and scholastic potential and/or research experience.  Please send the link to your recommender using the online form provided for this purpose. Please be sure the recommender selects “Molecular Medicine” as the Desired Program of Study.


You essay/goals statement should address your background, goals and objectives in pursuing graduate study. The statement should be between 300-500 words. This is submitted through the application.

Official Transcripts

An official transcript from every previous college and school attended is to be sent directly to the address listed below. 

Transcripts may be sent to:
Theresa Brimer
University of Maryland, Baltimore
The Graduate School
620 W. Lexington St., 5th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Transcripts may also be provided through one of the following transcript clearinghouse services:

Official electronic transcripts may be sent directly from your degree-granting institution to


The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) may be taken at any site that offers these tests.  The Graduate Record Exam application and catalog can be accessed through  Score reports must be sent directly from the testing agency to us; the UMB Graduate School’s institution code for the GRE is # 5848. The GRE scores must be obtained within 5 years of the semester desired to start.

Application Fee (non-refundable)

The application requires a fee of $75.00 payable in U.S. funds when the application is submitted.


If your application is selected by the admissions committee, you will be contacted to attend an interview/recruitment day. Recruitment days are held in late January and February.

Additional Information for International Applicants

Applicants from outside the US are required to demonstrate English proficiency.  The Graduate School accepts either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).  Minimum required scores are 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL, and 7.0 on the IELTS. Scores must be sent directly from either TOEFL (please use ETS institution code #5848) or the IELTS agency to the Graduate School.

Contact Us 

If you have any questions about the application process, please email

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.

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