Ph.D. candidates are selected for admission to the Institute after evaluation of their qualifications and an interview. The Admissions Committee seeks students with broad interests and enthusiasm for further in-depth study in the biomedical sciences. It is important that applicants have course work that prepares them for a rigorous core curriculum in modern molecular and cellular biology and laboratory research experience. In addition to the admission requirements set by Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Institute for Biomedical Sciences requires that students have successfully completed two semesters of college-level courses in biology, general chemistry, math, organic chemistry, and physics. Normally, a minimum of a B average is required (3.0 on a 4.0 scale). All applicants must submit the GW graduate admissions application, along with GRE general test scores, three letters of recommendation, transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended, and a statement of purpose. International applicants must meet the University's English language requirements as stated in the graduate admissions application.

If you have questions about the admissions process, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for CCAS. If you have a question about the process, then chances are good that someone else also had the same question. 

Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

IBS Interview Dates: February 2 and February 9, 2018

GW NIH Interview Date: February 23, 2018

Note: all application materials must be sent to the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Please do not send applications directly to the IBS Office; this will delay review of your application.

Students wishing to be considered for admission into the GW-NIH GPP this partnership need to submit an application to the NIH GPP and a separate application to the University by the specified deadlines.


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