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The TBMH program seeks highly motivated students with strong backgrounds in the life, physical, engineering, mathematical, computational, or behavioral sciences, and with a passion for being on the leading edge of interdisciplinary biomedical and health-based research. The application deadline for Fall 2018 enrollment is January 15th, 2018.

Admission requirements

  1. A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, in a relevant discipline. Consideration will be given to exceptional students from a variety of backgrounds, if their undergraduate coursework and/or professional and research experiences provide the appropriate background for graduate-level study in the biomedical sciences. A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required, though competitive applicants will have a GPA of 3.5 or greater. All undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be provided (with English translation). Competitive applicants will also have some history of scientific research and experience presenting their data (such as posters or publications).
  2. GRE examination results. A score in the upper quartile on both the verbal and quantitative portion of the GRE is recommended. Scores should be send to the Virginia Tech Graduate School, institution code 5859. There is no department code.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in this degree program. These letters, in addition to evaluating the standard aspects of the student’s qualifications to pursue a rigorous Ph.D. program of study, will also evaluate the student’s ability, intellectual curiosity, and passion for trans- and multidisciplinary approaches to problem solving.
  4. A written personal statement describing the candidate’s interest in the program and career goals.
  5. Students with a Master’s degree will follow the same admissions requirements as above. Credits not applied previously toward another degree may be transferred from another Virginia Tech program or outside institution, and applied toward the PhD degree, at the discretion of the Steering Committee (up to 6 credits). However, transferred credits may or may not replace the core programmatic coursework, based on the evaluation of the program curriculum committee.

International Students

  • For international students, a TOEFL score minima (80 minimum for internet based tests, 213 minimum for computer-based tests, and 550 minimum for paper-based tests) or IELT score minimum 6.5 (sent to institution code 5859). TOEFL scores are not required of U.S. permanent residents and U.S. naturalized citizens.
  • Additional requirements and deadlines for international students

How to apply

The deadline for applications to this program is January 15th, 2018. All applications are submitted online through the Graduate School at Virginia Tech.  

For more information on admissions and timelines please send us an email at


Program Leadership

TBMH Program Co-Director

Audra Van Wart, Ph.D.
1 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA, 24016

TBMH Program Co-Director

Steven Poelzing, Ph.D.
2 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA, 24016

Program Support

TBMH Graduate Program Coordinator

Jay Read, M.Ed.
1 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA, 24016

TBMH Education Support Specialist