Admissions

Admissions Instructions

Prospective students can apply online for admission through the UNMC Graduate Studies office website or through the Apply Online box above.

When submitting your application for the IGPBS, in the Question section, you will have two options for Question 1:

  1. Multi-Program Application

You can apply as an IGPBS multi-program student. "Multi-program" means that you prefer to have the option to perform research rotations in any laboratory affiliated with the IGPBS program, in any of the IGPBS doctoral programs. If you choose this option, once you start filling out information in the Questions section of the application, you will be prompted to choose two (2) doctoral programs that most interest you (Questions 2A and 2B), along with a third alternate program (Question 2C). Students will commit to a doctoral program at the time their laboratory rotations are completed. 

  1. Single-Program Application

You can apply as an IGPBS single-program student and choose to commit immediately to one of the following six doctoral programs (Question 3).

By applying to a single doctoral program at the time of application means that it is your intent at this time to pursue research in that particular program and plan to conduct your research rotations in labs associated only with this program.

All students will need to be accepted by both the general IGPBS program and at least one individual IGPBS doctoral program at the time of acceptance. For multi-program students, selecting two preferred programs means that at least one of these programs will pre-approve / accept you into their program if you later chose to commit to that doctoral program. If an multi-program student wishes to commit to another doctoral program after their rotations, then that doctoral program would need to accept their application at that time.


Application Requirements and Prerequisites:

Admission to the IGPBS program requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate institution with a recommended minimum GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 grading scale.  Students should have completed undergraduate courses in biology, calculus, physics and chemistry, including organic chemistry. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and three (3) letters of recommendation are also required.  For letters of recommendation, we ask that one of the letters be from your most research mentor, if available.

Students applying specifically to the Cancer Research Doctoral Program, as either a multi-program or single-program applicant, can have undergraduate coursework in mathematics (either calculus or another mathematics course) or statistics

The IGPBS program welcomes international students to apply.  For international applicants, a minimum TOEFL score of 95, with no less than 20 in any single section, or, an IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5, is recommended. The ETS Institution Code for UNMC is 6896.  The TOEFL/IELTS scores can be waived if the applicant is from a country where the only official language is English.  TOEFL/IELTS waivers are not granted by the prevalence of spoken English in a country or the language of instruction at a university.  If you feel you qualify for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver, please email the IGPBS office.

English proficiency exam update February 3 - July 1, 2020:  We will allow the temporary use of the Duolingo English Test in place of the in-person TOEFL/IELTS exam.  More information on the exam, exam dates accepted and how to submit your scores can be found of the Graduate Studies website.  For the IGPBS program, the minimum score we will accept is an overall score of 120.

International students must also have their transcripts evaluated by credential evaluation service for translation if their transcript is not in English and/or not on a 4.0 grading scale similar to what is used in the US.  This is a requirement of our graduate college and cannot be waived.  The transcript evaluation must be a course-by-course evaluation that identifies and describes each diploma or certificate.  We will accept course-by-course evaluations from World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), International Education Research Foundation (IERF), Validential Sales or Educational Perspectives USA. 

Official TOEFL scores and evaluated transcripts must be sent to Liaison, our application processing center, located in Watertown, MA.  For the mailing address of these documents, please see our Graduate Studies transcript webpage.  For official IELTS scores, this is the only document that can be received on our Omaha campus, at the time application.  You can find the mailing address on the main Graduate Studies webpage.  Again, with the exception of the IELTS scores, all application documents must be sent to Liaison in Watertown, MA, not to our Omaha campus in Nebraska.

Click HERE for more information on how to apply. 

 

GRE

The GRE is not required for IGPBS applicants, both domestic and international.  However, if an applicant chooses to submit GRE scores, the scores will be considered during application review.

If you choose to submit a GRE, the minimum GRE requirements that we are looking for are: a 50% average between the verbal and quantitative scores, with no less than 35% in either category.

Deadlines

We review applications, conduct interviews and make admissions decisions based on the application term chosen.  We encourage all applicants to apply early as positions in the program can be filled at any time during the application term cycle. 

The application deadlines vary based on doctoral program (see below). For the Summer and Fall application cycle, for those applications that are received by the priority deadline, those applications will be given first consideration if all documents are submitted before the priority deadline, in including:  all letters of recommendation from the recommenders and all transcripts.  For domestic applicants:  minimum of unofficial transcripts from all institutions. For international applicants: course-by-course evaluated transcripts for all education done outside of the US.  If all documents have not been received by the priority deadline, the application will be automatically moved to the secondary set of applications for review and will lose its priority application status.

Spring Term - Application Review Timeline and Deadlines
Doctoral Program Accepting Applications For Spring
Application Review Begins
U.S. Applicant Deadline International Applicant Deadline Chinese Scholarship Council Applicant Deadline
Cancer Research June 1, 2020 Oct. 1, 2020 Oct. 1,  2020 Not Applicable

Summer Term - Application Review Timeline and Deadlines

Priority Deadline:  January 1, 2021

Doctoral Programs Accepting Applications For Summer
Application Review Begins
U.S. Applicant Deadline International Applicant Deadline Chinese Scholarship Council Applicant Deadline
All IGPBS Programs (Multi-Program / Uncommitted) Sept. 1, 2020 Feb. 15, 2021 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Sept. 1, 2020 March 1, 2021 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Cancer Research Sept. 1, 2020 March 1, 2021

February 1, 2021

(May 1st, 2021 start date)

Not Applicable
Integrative Physiology & Molecular Medicine Sept. 1, 2020 March 1, 2021 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology Sept. 1, 2020 Feb. 15, 2021 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Neuroscience Sept. 1 , 2020 Feb. 15, 2021 Not Applicable Not Applicable

Fall Term - Application Review Timeline and Deadlines

Priority Deadline: January 1, 2021

Doctoral Programs Accepting Applications For Fall
Application Review Begins U.S. Applicant Deadline International Applicant Deadline Chinese Scholarship Council Applicant Deadline
All IGPBS Program (Multi-Program) Oct. 1, 2020 May 15, 2021 March 15, 2021 Jan. 1, 2021
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Oct. 1, 2020 June 1, 2021 April 1, 2021 Jan. 1, 2021
Bioinformatics & Systems Biology Oct. 1, 2020 May 15, 2021 March 15, 2021 Jan. 1, 2021
Cancer Research Oct. 1, 2020 June 1, 2021 April 1, 2021 Jan. 1, 2021
Immunology, Pathology & Infectious Disease Oct. 1, 2020 May 15, 2021 March 15, 2021 Jan. 1, 2021
Integrative Physiology & Molecular Medicine Oct. 1, 2020 June 1, 2021 April 1, 2021 Jan. 1, 2021
Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology Oct. 1, 2020 May 15, 2021 March 15, 2021 Jan. 1, 2021
Neuroscience Oct. 1, 2020 May 15, 2021 March 15, 2021 Jan. 1, 2021

Contact the IGPBS office for any questions about the application review and/or deadlines.

Fee Waivers

The IGPBS program offers an application fee waiver for all students who apply to the IGPBS program.  When students submit their application, the application will show a balance of $0.00 for the application fee.

BRTP (Biomedical Research Training Program):

The last term for which the BRTP accepted applications was Summer of 2016. The BRTP was replaced with the IGPBS program.