Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences

Admissions Process

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Applications for Autumn 2024 are now closed. If you are interested in applying, applications for Autumn 2025 will open in early September.

Admission Requirements

All students must have completed a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university prior to matriculating into the BMS program. Students must have completed at least one course each of general biology and general chemistry at the time of application. Prior background in science is recommended (but not required) and applicants must also demonstrate the motivation, academic potential, and ability to succeed in the program.

Applicants who wish to transition to health professional programs must have completed the course requirements for that professional program or school by the time they matriculate. Note: The BMS program is not designed to fulfill the course requirements for medical school admission. 

For Joint MS/MBA program details and application, please visit the Booth School of Business site for more information.

For general admission to the MS Biomedical Sciences program, please read the following carefully. 

Students must submit a completed application, including:

  • Candidate statement: Applicants will be required to submit a statement discussing their academic and career objectives and describing why they believe the University of Chicago Master’s in Biomedical Sciences program is a good fit. The statement should discuss how your academic training, previous experience and personal attributes have prepared you for the program and make you a qualified candidate. Statements should be limited to no more than two single-spaced pages.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Transcripts: Transcripts are required from every post-secondary academic institution where an applicant has taken three or more courses, unless the courses and grades appear on the transcript from your home institution. This includes courses taken pass/fail. Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the application; official transcripts will be required following admission into the program. 
  • Three letters of recommendation: Recommendations should speak to your academic ability, personal strengths, and aptitude to be successful in the program. You may include both academic and professional references. You will enter contact information for your references in the online application, and your references will be contacted via email with instructions on how to submit letters electronically. 
  • $90 application fee: Required and non-refundable. Applicants may be eligible for a waiver if they meet the criteria described on our FAQ page.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (if required): Read the FAQ to learn more about English language requirements. 
  • GRE scores are optional. If you have taken the GRE exam within the last five years and wish to have your scores considered in your application, scores can be submitted to institution code 1832.

All application materials must be submitted electronically. We are unable to receive application materials on paper or via email. 


For fall admission, the application period opens around September 1 of the previous year. Multiple application deadlines are recognized:

  • January 15 for a decision in February. This is the priority deadline for receiving merit-based scholarship.
  • March 18 for a decision in April

Applications submitted after March 18 may be accepted depending on space.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early for priority decision. 

All application materials, including letters of recommendation and application fee, are due by the deadline. Applicants are encouraged to submit reference information early and verify that they are able to submit their letter by the application deadline. 

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