Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Graduate School Admissions


Important Dates


The Graduate School Ph.D. application for the 2024-25 academic year is now open. There is no application fee and no GRE required! The regular submission deadline is Jan. 1, 2024.

  • Sept. 1 - On-line application system opens. There is no application fee! View the application process.
  • Dec. 1 – Early Review Deadline. Applications received by Dec. 1 will be considered for early review and are strongly encouraged.
  • Jan. 1 - Final Application deadline. Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • January/February - Interviews are held by individual programs.
  • February/March/April - Admission offers are extended.
  • April 15 - Final decisions by students to accept an offer.
  • End of July-Orientation
  • First Monday of August - Classes begin. Admission for other times during the year may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

There is no application fee!

GRE NOT required*.
*GRE scores are optional for those applying to the Neuroscience or Quantitative & Computational Biosciences programs.


Holistic Application Review


Our holistic review of applications seeks evidence of your motivation and commitment to research. This may be evident in your research experience or other pathways you have pursued to explore research. We encourage you to include in your application all activities that demonstrate your passion for research.

In keeping with our holistic approach to admissions, we do not set a minimum GPA. While most successful applicants have a GPA of 3.6 or higher, these numbers are viewed as only one component of the application. Personal and research statements as well as letters of recommendation are thoroughly reviewed to identify applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in research, academic potential and the drive to be a successful scientist.

Diverse types of science, diverse locations where science is carried out and diverse backgrounds of scientists all contribute to excellence in research training environments and strengthens the research enterprise.


GSBS Statement on COVID19 Impacts on Admissions Review


The Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is aware of the severe challenges and impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has caused for students learning in higher education settings.  BCM confirms its mission to foster diversity among its students, faculty, and staff.  We encourage students with all backgrounds and a passion for science to apply.  Thereby, we will address the COVID19 pandemic in the following manner as it relates to admissions reviews.

The program and central admissions committees of the GSBS will take into account the significant disruptions and challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic when reviewing all candidate’s application materials as part of these programs’ ongoing practice of conducting specific, thorough, and holistic reviews of each applicant.   We will continue our mission of seeking applicants with the motivation and commitment to graduate school along with strong research interest and backgrounds.

As our admissions committees review applications for future admissions cycles, we will respect decisions made by individual students and/or by their academic institutions with regard to the enrollment in or adoption of Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, Pass/No Record, Credit/No Credit, Pass/Fail and other similar grading options during the pandemic disruptions.  Applicants are invited to describe their individual experiences during the pandemic within their personal statement to provide context of their academic experience to assist admissions committees with their reviews.


Disability Services


The Graduate School at Baylor College of Medicine is committed to ensuring equal access to its educational opportunities for students with diagnosed disabilities. Our Student Disability Services offers a range of services to facilitate reasonable academic accommodations to support our students. Our student disability coordinator can help provide appropriate services and accommodations to students with diagnosed disabilities or special physical conditions to facilitate their full participation in and timely completion of their graduate academic program. Candidates who wish to request accommodations should do so in advance by contacting Student Disability Services.


Notice of Nondiscrimination


Baylor College of Medicine is committed to a safe and supportive learning and working environment for its learners, faculty and staff.

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