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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 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. 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 (Please see below)
  • Official transcripts from all previous institutions of higher education
  • Application fee
  • International students: TOEFL (within 2 years)
  • International students: Official transcripts must be submitted one in native language and one in English language. All foreign transcripts must also be accompanied by a standard equivalency (i.e. WES Evaluation). Please account for the additional time that this request may take.

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 evaluate your aptitude for research, as well as attest to the quality of your research experience, academic performance, and scholastic potential. Please send the following link to your recommender using the online form provided for this purpose. Also, please be sure the recommender selects “Molecular Medicine” as the Desired Program of Study.


Your essay/goals statement should address your background, goals and objectives in pursuing graduate study. The statement, which will be submitted through your application, should be between 300-500 words. 

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:

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

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.

Be sure to take a look at our FAQ.