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How to Apply

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 eligibility.

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 the instructions/requirements below prior to completion of the online application.

Application Deadline

The annual application deadline for the Molecular Medicine Program is December 1.

READY TO APPLY? Complete the Online Application

Application Requirements

Please review these instructions and application checklist requirements prior to completion of the online application.

  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of recommendation from three professional contacts 
  • Statement of purpose
  • Official transcripts from all previous institutions of higher education
  • Application Fee 

Additional Requirements for International Students:

Credential evaluations may be sent directly from the evaluation agency to or the address below.

ATTN: Admissions
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Graduate School
620 West Lexington Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-1508 


Your CV or resume may be uploaded as part of the online application. The CV should be a maximum of three pages.

Letters of Recommendation

Please provide three letters of recommendation from professors or others who can attest to the quality of your academic performance, scholastic potential, and other non-cognitive factors.  Your recommendations are managed by the online application; and you will need the email addresses of your recommenders for this process.

Statement of Purpose

The statement should address your background, goals, and objectives in pursuing graduate study. The essay, which will be uploaded as a Word document or scanned PDF through our online application system, is usually between 1-2 pages long. 

Suggested topics to address:

  • Why are you passionate about science?
  • 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.
  • If applicable, please provide an explanation for any poor grades, withdrawals, or breaks in your education.


Unofficial copies of your transcripts may be provided for the application review process and should be uploaded as supplemental items to the online application. You must submit transcripts from each college/university attended, including coursework in progress at the time of application.

If you are offered admission, you must then provide official transcripts from each college/university attended, including non-degree coursework and coursework in progress at the time of application. The transcript must be provided to the Graduate School directly from the prior, degree-granting institution in a sealed envelope in order for that document to be considered official.  Alternatively, it may be provided to the Graduate School electronically by way of a secure, encrypted platform.  Each transcript should bear the signature of the registrar and the seal of the granting institution.

Transcripts (US only) may be obtained from/provided by one of the following secure, encrypted transcript services:

National Student Clearinghouse

Send encrypted, electronic transcripts from your issuing institution to:

If provided by mail, please have your transcripts sent to:

ATTN: Admissions
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Graduate School
620 West Lexington Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-1508

Application Fee 

The submission of the online application requires a non-refundable fee of $75.00 payable in U.S. funds. 

Additional Information for International Applicants

Additional tips and information can be found on the Graduate School's website for PhD applicants. International applicants may also visit the Graduate School's international applicant website for additional requirements such as English language proficiency requirements.

After You Apply

You can check the status of your application using your email address and the password that you created when you submitted your online application.  You may not make changes once it has been submitted. Please send any changes or corrections to us at

We encourage you to follow up with your prior institutions regarding the issuing of transcripts, as well as with your recommenders and testing agencies (where appropriate), to ensure completion of your application.


If your application is selected by the admissions committee, you will be contacted to attend an interview and learn about our program and the Graduate Program in Life Sciences. Recruitment days will be held in January and February.

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 (GPILS) is associated with two nationally renowned dual-degree programs located right on our campus!

Please note that students interested in pursuing a dual degree will need to apply directly to either one of these programs.