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The TBMH doctoral 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 2019 enrollment is January 15th, 2020.

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. Applicants should indicate faculty of interest, but matching with a faculty mentor is not required for admission due to the inclusion of research rotations in our core curriculum. 
  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 (90 minimum for internet based tests, with scores of 20 or greater in Listening, Writing, Speaking, and Reading subsections required, or a 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.


How to apply

The deadline for applications to this program is January 15th, 2020. All applications are submitted online through the Graduate School at Virginia Tech.  

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