Application Process

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All application materials for the Graduate Certificate in Anatomical and Translational Sciences (GCATS) must be submitted to the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences via a general online application process. More information regarding graduate FAQs can be found at

  • Application deadline: June 15, 2020 at the end of business day
  • Because of the rolling basis of the admissions process, applicants are urged to apply much earlier than the application deadline. Applications will be considered as early as January 2020.
  • Only fall applications are offered.
  • A bachelor's degree in life science with a minimum of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or better from an accredited university is a prerequisite (applicants with a undergraduate GPA below 3.0 are not eligible). Applicants must have completed all their prerequisite courses before matriculation into the program.
  • A minimum of 2 letters of recommendation: faculty reference highlighting the applicant’s academic abilities and another one health or research work-related or volunteer reference.
  • Quantitative and qualitative skills as demonstrated by completion of courses in biology with labs, physics with labs, and chemistry with labs.
  • MCAT or general GRE scores are not required for admission. However, if taken, we ask to include your scores in your statement of purpose.
  • The online application process requires completion of the application form, unofficial transcripts, a CV or resume, and a statement of purpose of 1000 words or less highlighting the student’s academic objectives in pursuing this course of study, research interests and career plans. Feel free to discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments that will assist in evaluating your application materials.
  • $80 non-refundable application fee.
  • Applicants who previously applied to medical schools need to include their AMCAS-verified application as a PDF file after their personal essay.
  • All the prerequisite courses for M.D. or physician assistant programs must be have been completed with a grade of "C" or better at an accredited university. Online courses are not accepted to fulfill prerequisite requirements.

All application materials must be submitted to the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences via a general online application process.
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