Requirements for Admission
Application Deadline - Jan. 1, 2014
Applications received by Dec. 1, 2013 will be considered for early review and are strongly encouraged.
The requirements and procedures for admission are essentially those of the Graduate School. Please note that our program offers a Ph.D. degree. We do not offer a masters degree, and a masters degree is not a prerequisite for admission to our program. There is no application fee.
Candidates are selected on the basis of their undergraduate academic record, scores on the Graduate Record Exam, letters of recommendation and scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (for foreign students). Qualified candidates are invited for personal interviews. Students are recommended for admission by the departmental Graduate Education Committee and final acceptance of applicants is made by the Admissions Committee of the Graduate School.
NEW Bioinformatics, Genomics, and Systems Biology (BiGSB) Track
We have introduced a new track in our graduate program that will train students in Bioinformatics, Genomics and Systems Biology (BiGSB, pronounced BigsBee).
Students who select this track will take at least 10 credit hours of computational courses based on the list provided by the BCM CIBR in consultation with one of the program directors. Students who join the track will also attend the CIBR seminar series in addition to the regular Genetics seminars.
Applicants interested in participating in the BiGSB Track will apply to our program, but should indicate their interest in BiGSB in the Personal Statement on the Graduate School application.
The department strongly encourages applications from underrepresented minorities. Baylor College of Medicine believes that diversity within the student body enhances the educational environment for all; therefore, we welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to promoting equal opportunity for all who are interested in research careers.
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students
Baylor College of Medicine admits qualified students of any race, sex, sexual orientation, color, national and ethnic origin, disability or age to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, color, national and ethnic origin, disability or age in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and loan programs and athletic and other school-administered programs.
Inquiries/complaints with regard to discrimination should be directed to:
Title IX Coordinator
Baylor College of Medicine
John P. McGovern Campus
Houston, Texas 77030
Undergraduate academic records must be complete and presented in the form of an official transcript mailed directly by the school to the Graduate School Admissions Office. Graduate Record Exams should be taken within a three-year period prior to application. The general aptitude tests are required. Ranking in the 70th percentile or above is usually necessary for acceptance to the program. Submission of scores from the advanced test in chemistry, biology or biochemistry, cell and molecular biology are also highly recommended. Medical college aptitude tests may substitute for the GRE.
A minimum of three letters of recommendation should be submitted from undergraduate faculty or research sponsors. If the applicant has had professional or graduate training, a letter from a faculty member of that institution is required.
Interviews with the faculty of the department are required. These are generally conducted during a visit to Baylor College of Medicine (at our expense), although this may be waived by the Graduate Education Committee where logistically impractical. In this case, interviews will be conducted by telephone.