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Effective Immediately: GRE requirement optional

Due to the impact caused by the novel COVID-19, the Biomedical Sciences will alter the admissions requirements for all applicants. The GRE test is no longer required as an admissions requirement for the M.S. or Ph.D. programs. If you have completed the test, please continue to report your scores via your application.

The application portal for the biomedical sciences graduate programs opened September 13, 2022 for Summer 2023 Ph.D. admission consideration. Please note that the PhD program begins in early July to align with the medical school academic calendar. The M.S. program has priority admissions for the Fall term. More details to follow.

The application process consists of submitting the online application, GRE scores (optional - effective September 2020), TOEFL scores (if required), a filing fee, and official transcripts. Three faculty letters of recommendation should be submitted by your recommenders online based on information you provide in the application. Faculty do not receive the request until you "submit" the application.

The program reviews all formal applications as soon as they are completed. Early applications are welcomed and may result in early admittance decisions.

Ph.D. Program: Both domestic and international applicants should submit their completed applications, including all transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation, by December 1, 2022 for summer admission and fellowship consideration.

M.S. Program: Applicants should submit their completed applications, including all transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation, by the deadline respective to the term applicant intends to matriculate.

  • Domestic (U.S. Citizen and U.S. Permanent Resident)
    • Fall - March 1, 2023
    • Winter and Spring - only available for current MD students; inquiry with Admissions Coordinator for more details
  • International (Non-Immigrant/Visa Students)
    • Fall - March 1, 2023
    • Winter and Spring - only available for current MD students; inquiry with Admissions Coordinator for more details

Returning and Continuing Students

If you have ever registered and completed one full quarter of attendance at UCR (whether you completed a graduate program or not) the following deadlines will apply to you. If you are not certain if you meeting the requirements of a returning or continuing student, please visit our Returning & Continuing Student page. 

  • Ph.D. program (Summer term) - December 1, 2022
  • M.S. program (Fall term) - March 1, 2023

Questions can be sent via email to the BMSC graduate program coordinator.

Go to the Graduate Admissions Online Application

Learn more about applying to UCR graduate programs at the Graduate Division website.

Questions?

Prospective students: for assistance with admissions questions, contact SOM Biomedical Sciences Admissions via email at BioMedAdmissions@medsch.ucr.edu.

Current students: for assistance with course registration, program requirements, and fellowship and employment matters (TAships/GSRs), contact the Student Services Advisor or visit the office at 1143 Webber Hall.

Phone: (951) 827-4540

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, student services staff are working remotely, but available to assist through email or Zoom (by appointment).


Undergraduate Preparation for Admissions

Applicants should have completed an undergraduate degree in one of the physical or biological sciences and must receive a minimum of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or B-equivalent (if GPA is not on a 4.0 scale). To be a competitive candidate, a higher GPA is recommended. If you are in a masters-level program, the minimum GPA is also a 3.0. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test is currently waived. As a general guideline, combined GRE quantitative and verbal scores of 300 or better are considered necessary for admission.

Courses required for admission include one year each of general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and calculus and at least two years of biological sciences. Other preferred courses include biochemistry, physical chemistry and computer sciences. Preferred upper division courses in biology include vertebrate or human anatomy and physiology, embryology, genetics, cell and molecular biology, microbiology, immunology and neurosciences.

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to your application for the review process. Official transcripts will be required if you are offered admissions to the program.

International applicants must upload one copy of official transcripts and certificates of degree/diploma in their original language, with English translations prepared by the issuing institution. WES or notarized documents are not accepted. 


Unable to upload documents? Send via USPS:

University of California Riverside, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

Attn: BMSC Admissions Coordinator

1143 Webber Hall (951)-827-4540

900 University Avenue Riverside, CA 92521-0121

Email unofficial transcripts to BioMedAdmissions@medsch.ucr.edu before application deadline. Reference application number.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The GRE test is no longer required as an admissions requirement. Due to the impact caused by COVID-19, the Biomedical Sciences  graduate program has altered the admissions GRE requirements for all applicants. If you have completed the test, please continue to report your scores via your application.

All applicants for fall should take the GRE test no later than November.

  • The test must be taken within the last five (5) years before the desired date of admission.
  • The minimum GRE score required for admission is 1100 (combined qualitative and quantitative scores).
  • The minimum GRE score required for admission with the new test system is 300 (150 qualitative and 150 quantitative).
  • Please allow a minimum of 3-4 weeks for a test score to be reported to our campus.

GRE UCR code: 4839 - A department code is not necessary.

Visit the Educational Testing Service website for more information on the GRE.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or TOEFL iBT)

All applicants whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL scores. 

  • TOEFL UCR code: 4839 - iBT code: 45
  • This exam must be taken within two years before the desired date of admission.
  • The minimum score for the TOEFL iBT is 80.
  • The minimum TOEFL score required is 550, for the computer base exam is 213.
  • The average TOEFL score of new fall BMSC graduate students is 96.
  • A TOEFL score is not required if the previous two years of a student's studies were conducted at an English speaking institution and/or in the United States.

For more information, visit the Educational Testing Service website or call (609) 771-7100, Monday - Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Please allow a minimum of 3-4 weeks for a test score to be reported to our campus.