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The Master’s Program in Biomedical Sciences

The interdisciplinary master’s program in biomedical sciences is designed for students who are looking to strengthen their application to medical, graduate, and professional schools, or are pursuing a career in the biomedical sciences. Faculty work with students to tailor their education needs and help them become competitive applicants for a variety of health professional schools. The program offers didactic courses and training to increase scientific mastery and performance on standardized entrance tests. Students also have unique opportunities for research, physician shadowing, and interview preparation. The average class size is approximately 20 students, allowing for individualized attention and mentoring.

Students select from one of two tracks and have the opportunity to take courses with leading faculty in chemistry; biological sciences; medicine, health, and society; psychology; and molecular physiology and biophysics.

Applying to the Program

Applications open each year in December with rolling offers beginning in February and concluding on May 1.

Applicants will have diverse backgrounds, but evidence of scholarly ability, achievement, and motivation will be the main criteria for acceptance. Applicants should have completed a baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.2.

Applicants apply directly though the internal application system.

Please provide the following information in your application:

  • Current resume/CV
  • Official transcripts from all previous college work. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar of every college you have attended prior to Vanderbilt.
  • Personal Statement. Describe what motivates you to pursue the master’s degree in biomedical sciences, which of the two tracks best suits you, and what experiences have led you to apply to the program.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Three letters of recommendation are required and should be submitted through the online application system.
  • GRE and MCAT scores. Not required, but please submit if you have taken the exam(s).
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable). If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to Vanderbilt.

No application fee is required.