The CVM Graduate Admissions Committee conducts a holistic review of the total application, evaluating applicants using indicators of academic excellence and the potential for educational and professional success. This process relies upon the comprehensive assessment of a combination of quantitative and qualitative measures. Holistic review recognizes that an applicant possesses strengths and weakness that must be evaluated in relation to one another and ensures that an applicant is neither accepted nor denied admission based on a single parameter.
Applications for admission will be assessed on the basis of both achievement and potential for success, within the broader context of an applicant’s experiences, opportunities, and challenges. Strong applicants will not only possess competitive academic qualifications for admission, but will demonstrate the ability to contribute to the academic environment, complete the graduate degree program, and ultimately, have a successful research career.
A competitive candidate generally has documented evidence of academic excellence as demonstrated by several of the following:
- GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) with a strong performance in upper-level science courses
- GRE (combined quantitative and verbal) of at least 300
- GRE Analytical Writing score of at least 4.0 (on a 6.0 scale)
- Progression of academic performance over time
- Rigorous curriculum in prior degree program(s)
- Successful completion of a professional degree
- Prior research experience
- Strong written communication skills
Additional factors that will be considered as indicators of commitment to the degree program and overall potential for success include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following:
- Leadership abilities
- Relevant work experience
- Focused talents/skills
- Creativity in problem-solving
- Educational and personal background
- Work ethic
- Earn at least a baccalaureate degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher education prior to the start of classes
- Show a strong science coursework foundation
- Demonstrate English language proficiency through standardized testing, if English is not your native language
How to Apply
There are two modes of admission to the BIMS Graduate Program:
- Directly into a specific laboratory
- Rotation Program (PhD only)
Prospective students must complete the following tasks by the application deadline for the expected semester of entry.
|Fall Admission||Spring Admission||Summer Admission|
|Domestic||June 1||November 1||March 1|
|International||March 1||August 1||December 1|
*Priority deadline for Texas A&M fellowships and BIMS PhD Rotation Program consideration.
If you have any questions, please contact our admissions coordinator.
A critically important decision that you will make as you embark upon graduate training is selecting a faculty mentor. Students accepted to the PhD Rotation Program have the opportunity to rotate through several laboratories during the first year of the program, which defers this decision until the end of year one. All other applicants, and those not selected for the rotation program, will immediately join a specific laboratory upon admission.
We know that finding a faculty mentor can seem daunting - we are here to help you! Please contact our admissions coordinator, who can connect you with resources and personnel that will help guide your search. A strong pairing with a faculty mentor is critical for your success in the program and we are eager to help you find a good match.
HOW TO SUBMIT
If you have connected with a faculty member who has agreed to serve as your faculty mentor, then list the faculty mentor's name when prompted on the GraduateCAS application.
If you do not have a firm commitment from a faculty member to serve as your mentor, please leave this field blank, and submit the application. After submission, reach out to our admissions coordinator for assistance.
PhD Rotation Program applicants: Applicants should indicate their intent to apply for the PhD Rotation Program by typing “Rotation Program” when prompted for the name of a faculty mentor during the GraduateCAS application.
Applicants must complete the Texas A&M GraduateCAS application.
The application has four quadrants: Personal information, academic history, supporting information, and program materials. Within GraduateCAS, you will be provided with all of the necessary prompts for completing the application. To help you prepare, we have provided the same information that you will see in GradauteCAS for a few categories (see the following drop downs).
There is an accompanying application fee that will be assessed through GraduateCAS prior to application submission. No application fee will be accessed for domestic applications received before December 1, 2020.
Applicants must write a personal statement that demonstrates to the admissions committee that you will be successful in our graduate program and beyond. This is an excellent opportunity to communicate about many of the factors listed as indicators of success (see admissions standards on this page). In addition, the personal statement often addresses the following questions:
- Why are you interested in biomedical sciences?
- What are your career goals?
- How will the BIMS Graduate Program help you achieve your goals?
This submission should be your original, independent work and will be used by the admissions committee to assess your written communication skills.
Applicants must upload transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate degree-granting institution they have attended. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded; however, if you are admitted, official transcripts will need to be sent to the Office of Admissions.
Current and former students of Texas A&M: Texas A&M transcripts do not need to be submitted. All courses that have been transferred to Texas A&M will be reflected on a Texas A&M transcript.
The GRE requirement is waived for applicants seeking Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 admission. All applicants seeking 2022 admission must submit GRE scores. The GRE score report must contain quantitative, verbal, and analytical writing scores. The most recent GRE must have been taken within the last five years to be valid.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose native language is not English must submit evidence of English language proficiency. Scores to meet proficiency can be found below:
- a TOEFL score of at least 80 on TOEFL iBT (550 paper-based), or
- an IELTS score of at least 6.0, or
- a GRE Verbal Reasoning score of at least 146 (400 on the old scale), or
- a GMAT Verbal score of at least 22, or
- a PTE Academic score of at least 53
The most recent tests must have been taken within the following time periods to be valid: TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE – 2 years; GRE and GMAT – 5 years.
HOW TO SUBMIT
GRE (and TOEFL, if applicable)
Official Score Report: Send to Texas A&M from your ETS account. The institution code for Texas A&M is 6003.
Unofficial Score Report (optional): Upload to GraduateCAS.
IELTS, GMAT, and PTE, if applicable
Official Score Report: Send to Texas A&M from your testing account.
Unofficial Score Report (optional): Upload to GraduateCAS.
Applicants must provide a minimum of three letters of recommendation from science faculty showing dedication toward research and biomedical sciences, and mitigating application blemishes. Applicants may also choose to submit non-academic recommendations that can speak to your relevant knowledge and/or experience. There is no page limit for these letters.
HOW TO SUBMIT
GraduateCAS will direct you to the Letters by Liaison portal, where you will submit the names and emails of your recommenders. After you submit the names of your recommenders, they will receive instructions for completing the electronic evaluation.
The GraduateCAS application may be submitted without submitting your recommenders' contact information through the Letters by Liaison portal. However, these letters must be received for your application to be reviewed.
After you Apply
An application is considered complete when all documents, including official standardized testing scores and letters of recommendation, have been received. Any applications missing required materials or not meeting eligibility criteria by the admission deadline will not be considered.
Check your GraduateCAS application to ensure that all of the quadrants are marked "complete."
If you have any questions about the status of your application materials, please reach out to our admissions coordinator.
Completed applications will be holistically reviewed by the admissions committee (see admissions standards at the top of this page). All applications, except for the PhD Rotation Program, are reviewed on a rolling basis.
PhD applicants who apply by Dec. 15: After a preliminary holistic application review, the admissions committee will select a set of applicants to invite to the BIMS Doctoral Student Recruitment Weekend in January (either in-person or virtually) for an interview. All applicants being considered for the PhD Rotation Program will be interviewed.
Applicants may expect to receive an admission decision after an application has been completed and faculty mentor established. The admissions coordinator will be in contact if additional documents are required. Regardless of your admission decision, you will receive electronic communication from our admissions coordinator and the Texas A&M Office of Admissions.
PhD Rotation Program applicants: Applicants will receive notification about the rotation program decisions (accept or decline) by mid-February, along with information on how to pursue the direct admission process if you have not been chosen for the rotation program.
If your application is accepted
If your application is accepted, our admissions coordinator will send an offer letter that details next steps. As an overview, newly admitted students have the ability to complete the following items:
- Meet with your staff academic advisor
- Register for classes
- Register for the CVM Graduate Student Orientation (mandatory)
- Register for orientation sponsored by the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) (optional)
- Register for a parking permit
To prepare for student life in College Station, please take a look at our student life resources.
If your application is declined
If your application is declined and you have follow-up questions, please contact our admissions coordinator.