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, lead a successful research career.
Using this holistic review approach, the CVM Graduate Admissions Committee evaluates 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.
A competitive candidate will generally have 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
- Curriculum in prior degree program
- Successful completion of a professional degree
- 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
- Prior research experience
- Focused talents/skills
- Creativity in problem-solving
- Educational and personal background
- Work Ethic
All admission decisions will be made by the Graduate Admissions Committee.