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 the 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 seven 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 a 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:

Listed below is information on various aspects of the requirements to apply to the IGPBS and information on different sections of the IGPBS application.  If you have any additional questions that are not answered by the information below, please contact the IGPBS office.

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 the doctoral program (see below). For the Summer and Fall application cycle, applications received by the priority deadline will be given first consideration if all documents are submitted before the priority deadline, including all letters of recommendation and all transcripts (see information on transcripts below).  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 Opens
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 Opens
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 Opens 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.

Application Fee Waiver  
The IGPBS program does not charge an application fee for any applicant who applies to the program.  When applicants submit their application, the application will show a balance of $0.00 for the application fee so no formal waiver is needed.
GPA/Degree/Coursework Requirements  

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.

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.

Transcript Requirements - Domestic Applicants  

Official transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended.  Instructions on how to submit transcripts can be found on the Graduate Studies website.

Official transcripts must be sent to Liaison, our application processing center, located in Watertown, MA.  The mailing address is located on the Graduate Studies website pages linked above.  We do not accept official transcripts that are sent to our Omaha campus.

AP/Dual Enrollment Credits:  If you have AP or Dual Enrollment credits that appear on your undergraduate transcripts, you must list your high school as a school you attended on your application.  The application software will see the AP credit as a "transfer" credit.  If you do not report your high school, the application software will return your application to you to add this information, thus making your application inactive until you update the information and resubmit it.  When listing your high school on your application, list it as (Your High School Name) - AP Credits.  This will bypass the system requirement of listing the school, while also telling us that you have AP credits.  You do not need to submit a copy of your high school transcript as your undergraduate school certifies these credits are official.

Transcript Requirements - International Applicants  

For any education done outside of the United States, course-by-course evaluated transcripts that identify and describe each diploma or certificate, are required from all colleges and universities attended, regardless of language and/or grading scale on the transcript.  UNMC Graduate Studies will accept evaluated transcripts from World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).  This is a requirement of the university and will not be waived.  Instructions on how to submit international transcripts can be found on the Graduate Studies website.  Having transcripts evaluated can take some time so plan accordingly to meet our application deadlines.  International applications that do not have evaluated transcripts will not be reviewed.

As WES and ECE certify that the transcript that they receive is official, there is no need to submit a secondary set of official transcripts.

For any education done at a United States university or college, official transcripts are required and must be submitted directly from the university/college.  We will not accept official transcripts submitted by the applicant.  Instructions on how to submit domestic transcripts can be found on the Graduate Studies website.

Evaluated and official transcripts must be sent to Liaison, our application processing center, located in Watertown, MA.  The mailing address is located on the Graduate Studies website pages linked above.  We do not accept official transcripts that are sent to our Omaha campus.

Personal Statement  
There is not a minimum/maximum word requirement or specific format for the personal statement.
Letters of Recommendation  

We require a minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation.  We ask that one of the letters be from your most recent research mentor, if available. 

Letters must be submitted directly by the recommender.  In the application, you will be asked to provide an email address for each recommender.  Once the information is entered into the application, the application software will send the recommender an email with a link to submit their recommendation.

Letters of recommendation must be sent from an institutional email address, be on official university/company letterhead and be signed by the recommender.

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 the 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.

  • UNMC GRE Institution Code: 6896
  • Department Code:  0299
TOEFL/IELTS  

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 required. The ETS Institution Code for UNMC is 6896. The iBT Department Code is 45 - Biomedical Sciences

The TOEFL/IELTS scores can be waived if the applicant is from a country where the only official language is English OR if you have completed at least one year of education a US instutition or attended a university in 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 Graduate Studies office at unmcgraduatestudies@unmc.edu.

IELTS scores submission instructions:  For official IELTS scores, they can be sent to us electronically.  Instructions on how to send your IELTS scores can be found on the IELTS website, on the Getting Your Results page.  When applying, do not submit your official IELTS scores to UNMC until after your application has been fully submitted.  If you submit your official IELTS scores to UNMC before submitting your application, there is not a way to link your official scores to your application.  

Duolingo:  We do not accept Duolingo exam scores.

Faculty Mentor  
It is not necessary to identify and select a faculty mentor at the application stage and we actually discourage it.  Each accepted student will be provided a list of faculty members who are accepting new students for rotation, before the start of their first term.  This way incoming students know who is or is not accepting new students.  First semester students will select their faculty mentor toward the end of their third rotation.
Observation Hours  
On the application, there is a section where you can submit your Observation Hours.  This section is for those individuals who have completed clinical observation.  If you do not have any clinical experience, which is common for most of our applicants, please leave this section blank.