OF MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY OF NEW JERSEY
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
& GENERAL INFORMATION
Applications may be downloaded from this site. Please complete all information requested and include
a statement describing your interest and motivation
for pursuing the advanced degree you have selected.
Submit to the address below along with the application
fee of $65, payable by check or money order. (NOTE: The application fee for Ph.D. applicants is waived for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents.) Official
transcripts from all prior colleges or universities
and official GRE (and TOEFL scores for foreign students)
should be submitted directly to the Graduate School
by the school registrar or ETS. We may review copies
of official documents, but will not offer acceptance
until the official documents are received.
*The Educational Testing Service (ETS) institution code for the GSBS at SOM for both the GRE and the TOEFL is 2610.
**All students accepted for full time study into the Ph.D. program will receive tuition remission, paid health insurance and an annual stipend of $28,455.
Notice for APPLICANTS
OUTSIDE THE USA
For additional information please
write or phone:
42 East Laurel Road
UDP, Suite 2200
Stratford, NJ 08084
Phone: (856) 566-6282
Fax: (856) 566-6232
Admission is competitive and dependent upon the
availability of openings in each department. Candidates
for admission are evaluated on the basis of academic
achievement, personal interviews, recommendations
from former professors, and other data documenting
academic performance and experience. Honors, awards,
and professional experience in a major field of
specialization also are taken into consideration.
Prospective students are encouraged to consult with
members of the department in which they wish to
obtain a degree before submitting an application
Requirements for Admission
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college
or university is required. All applicants should
have completed college courses in biology, physics,
general chemistry, and organic chemistry. Courses
in calculus and physical chemistry are highly
recommended for all students.
In general, academic programs favor admission
in the Fall semester.
I. MATRICULATED STATUS
An applicant's cumulative academic performance
should present convincing evidence of scholarly
competence, especially in science and mathematics.
A record of at least B level work in the natural
sciences is required. The record should be supported
with creditable GRE scores and favorable references,
and should indicate that the applicant is capable
of performing successfully in the rigorous atmosphere
of the Graduate School.
Applicants should display evidence of seriousness
of purpose, strong motivation to achieve a successful
career in science, and high standards of personal
Before a request for matriculation can be considered,
the following materials must be on file with the
Graduate School Office:
(1) A completed application form. Application
fee of $65 (The application fee for Ph.D. applicants is waived for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents).
(2) Official transcripts of all undergraduate
and graduate records.
(3) Graduate Record Examination results. (General test is required of all applicants for matriculated status except those holding degrees of M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., D.Sc., or D.O. from accredited institutions in the United States. Those students who have not taken GREs/MCATs may apply as a non-matriculated student and take the GREs/MCATs during the first semester of course work. MCATs or DATs may be substituted for Master’s applicants in lieu of the General GRE.
(4) Recommendations from three individuals, preferably
academic instructors, who have direct knowledge
of the applicant's academic performance in science-related
fields. Two letters are required for students
applying to the M.S. program.
(5) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
required of all foreign applicants.
Deadline for receipt of applications for doctoral
programs is February 1. However, it is flexible for domestic students. International students are encouraged to send their applications before February 1.
Prospective students who initially are unable
to devote full time to graduate study may apply
for matriculation as part-time students. Entrance
requirements for such applicants are identical
to those of full-time, matriculated students.
Part-time matriculated students must register
for at least six credits per semester and must
maintain the same academic standards required
of full-time matriculates. Doctoral students must
be enrolled full time for at least one year following
the Qualifying Examination.
Each applicant is evaluated by the department
to which application was made. The Department's
recommendation regarding matriculation is submitted
to the Graduate School Subcommittee on Admissions
and the applicant is notified of acceptance or
rejection by the Graduate School.
Applicants admitted to a program must register
for the academic semester for which they were
II. NON-MATRICULATED STATUS
Students with baccalaureate degrees may request
permission to enroll in a limited number of courses
as non-matriculated students. Permission to take
courses is contingent upon fulfillment of the
specific course prerequisites and availability
of facilities to accommodate the applicant.
Preference is given to teachers or professional
workers in neighboring industries and hospitals
who are seeking to further their knowledge of
biomedical sciences or striving to advance their
careers through continuing education. Foreign
applicants are not eligible for
Application for Admission
as a Non-degree Student
Before admission to non-matriculated status is
considered, the Graduate School office must have
(1) A complete application and application fee
(2) Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate
and graduate schools attended.
(3) Recommendations from two individuals, preferably
academic instructors with knowledge of the applicant's
academic performance in science-related fields.
Deadline for receipt of applications and supporting
documents must be filed by June 15 for Fall admission
and by November 1 for Spring admission.
After review of the complete file has been made,
the applicant will receive written notification
regarding acceptance. Acceptance is granted for
one year; students must request permission to
take additional courses in future years.
The Board of Trustees of UMDNJ has committed itself,
the University, and its component units, to a
policy of equal opportunity without regard to
race, color, creed or religion, sex, national
origin, age, physical or mental handicap, military
status, marital status, or other factors prohibited
by law. This is the governing principle in student
admissions and other student services, and employment-related
activities. In this regard, the University uses
an Affirmative Action Plan which has been approved
by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare,
Region 11, Office of Civil Rights, New York. It
is available for review in the Office of Student
Student Health Status
Acceptance and continued matriculation at the
school are contingent upon the mental and physical
well-being of the student. All students are required
by state law to be immunized against measles,
mumps and rubella viruses. The School reserves
the right to require a student to undergo a mental
and physical examination to evaluate fitness for
continued studies throughout the student's matriculation
at the School.
Rights of the Handicapped
UMDNJ policy provides that no program or activity
administered by the University shall exclude from
participation, admission, treatment or employment,
or deny benefits to, or subject to discrimination
any qualified individual solely by reason of his
or her physical handicap. "Qualified individuals"
are those persons who, with reasonable accommodation,
are capable of performing the essential function
of the position in question in accordance with
University policy, applicable laws and regulations.
Standards for Admission
Technical Standards refer to non-academic requirements
that are essential for meeting the academic requirements
of the program. Within any area of specialization,
students must demonstrate competence in those
intellectual and physical tasks that together
represent the fundamentals of biomedical research
in their chosen discipline.
The Ph.D. and M.S. degree programs at the UMDNJ-Graduate
School of Biomedical Sciences require a laboratory-based
research dissertation. Granting of these degrees
implies that the recipient has demonstrated a
base of knowledge in the field and the ability
to independently apply that knowledge to solve
a particular problem by forming hypotheses, designing
and conducting experiments, interpreting the experimental
results, and communicating the results and their
interpretation to the scientific community. Thus,
a candidate for the M.S. or Ph.D. degree in the
biomedical sciences must posses abilities and
skills that allow for observation, intellectual
and conceptual reasoning, motor coordination,
The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable
in many situations in that a candidate's judgment
will be based on someone else's power of selection
The candidate must be able to acquire knowledge
by direct observation of demonstrations, experiments,
and experiences within the laboratory and instructional
setting. Examples are physiological or pharmacological
responses in animals, studies of microbiological
cultures and organisms, identification of normal
and abnormal cells or tissues through a microscope,
and interpretation of results obtained on various
The candidate must be able to measure, calculate,
analyze, reason, integrate and synthesize information
to solve problems.
The candidate must possess motor skills necessary
to perform procedures required for experimentation
within the chosen discipline. These skills may
include, but are not limited to, surgery in animals,
handling of animals, transfer of microorganisms
to various mediums, preparing chemical and often
toxic materials and solutions, preparation of
anatomical specimens for microscopic examination,
manipulating electronic and other complex equipment.
Such actions require coordination of muscular
movements and functional use of the senses of
touch and vision.
The candidate must be able to communicate and
discuss his or her experimental hypotheses and
results to the scientific community, both in scientific
journals or directly at scientific meetings, seminars,
or in the laboratory to the research team.
Behavioral and Social
The candidate must posses the emotional and mental
health required for full utilization of his or
her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good
judgment, the prompt completion of responsibilities
inherent in managing a scientific laboratory,
the ability to function under the stress inherent
in biomedical research, and the ability to understand
and comply with ethical standards for the conduct