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The TBMH M.S. program seeks highly motivated students with backgrounds in the life, physical, engineering, mathematical, computational, or behavioral sciences, and with an interest in being on the leading edge of interdisciplinary biomedical and health-based research. The priority application deadline for Fall 2019 enrollment is January 15th, 2020, but applications recieved after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No applications will be accepted after June 1st, 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). 
  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, as matching successfully with a faculty mentor is required for admission to the M.S. program. 


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

All applications are submitted online through the Graduate School at Virginia Tech.  

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