Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies

How to Apply

Please direct all questions about our programs to: ogs@miami.edu

Questions specific to the online application should be referred to the BioMedCAS Help Desk. You can also reach them by phone at +1 (857) 304-2085.

Admission to All Biomedical Sciences PhD Programs

Our first-year Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS) offers students a common foundation in biomedical sciences. Students do not commit to one of our eight biomedical science programs or laboratories until after completing a minimum of three lab rotations. This option allows students time to explore their interests before committing to a dissertation laboratory. The following graduate programs accept students from our first year PiBS program:

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cellular Physiology & Molecular Biophysics
  • Human Genetics & Genomics
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology
  • Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Neuroscience

Students Interested in Direct Admission

Students interested in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology or Microbiology and Immunology can enter these programs through our PiBS program or directly. Apply at the direct admission link for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology or Microbiology and Immunology.

Students who have a firm commitment to a particular graduate program may be accepted directly into that graduate program. Apply to the PiBS graduate program and state your graduate program of interest in your application. Students who are interested in direct admission MUST reach out to the graduate program in your area of interest for guidance.

Students who have Matched with a Mentor

Students who have received a firm commitment from a specific faculty mentor to join their laboratory should apply to the PhD in Biomedical Sciences program. Please state that you are a direct admission applicant for a specific faculty-mentor, that you have received a commitment from that faculty mentor and specify the graduate program you would like to enter.

For Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology and Microbiology & Immunology applicants that have received a firm commitment from a specific faculty mentor to join their laboratory, please apply at the direct admissions link for your graduate program. Please state that you are a direct admission applicant for a specific faculty-mentor and that you have received a commitment from that faculty mentor.

Note : Applicants may only apply to one program for the University of Miami.


Applicants to biomedical programs should have a bachelor degree in a biological or related discipline (e.g., psychology, chemistry, engineering, physics). Although there are no required prerequisites, courses in general biology, cell/molecular biology, calculus, general physics, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry are encouraged.

Competitive candidates will have the following:

  • Excellent academic record (minimum overall cumulative GPA = 3.0)
  • Competitive GRE exam scores (top 50th percentile)
  • Research experience in a laboratory setting
  • Publications of abstracts and/or papers
  • Co-authorship in a peer-reviewed journal is expected for foreign applicants
  • Strong letters of recommendation from scientists who know the candidate well in a research setting
  • Motivation to pursue state-of-the-art biomedical research

Application Timeline

July 11thOnline application open
December 1stPriority deadline for all applicants
January 15thDeadline to receive all official transcripts and documentation
FebruaryOn-campus visits (Fridays)
April 15thDeadline to commit to enroll

Online Application

BioMed Centralized Application Service (BioMedCAS) welcomes applicants to use a single online application and one set of materials to apply to multiple biomedical science programs at participating schools. All applicants to our PhDs in Biomedical Science must apply online through BioMedCAS.

Note that only complete applications will be considered.

Questions specific to the online application should be referred to the BioMedCAS Help Desk. Please include the following information with your inquiry: username, full name and phone number

Application Fee

BioMedCAS charges an $80 processing fee . Please note that application fees are non-refundable.

Qualified applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents with documented membership in approved programs or documented financial need may request an application fee waiver. The following are examples of qualified organizations:

  • AmeriCorp or City Year Volunteer
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minorities Students (ABRCMS)
  • Fulbright Scholars
  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • McNair Scholars
  • Minority Biomedical Research Support Program (RISE)
  • PeaceCorp Volunteers
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
  • Teach for America Volunteers
  • Applicants who fall below the federal poverty guidelines

Applicants who wish to be considered for a fee waiver must complete the Fee Waiver Request Form, submit a copy of their latest 1040, 1040EZ or 4506T-EZ tax form and documentation of scholarship or volunteer participation. Please submit waiver form and required documents to ogs@miami.edu.

US and Canadian Transcripts

ALL official academic records including degree and certificate programs, English language programs, and incomplete coursework / degrees from all previously attended colleges and universities must be sent directly from each institution. Note that applicants with Canadian transcripts using French grading systems should follow the international transcript instructions below.

Electronic transcripts are preferred and should be sent following the BiomedCAS instructions for Credential Solutions, Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse.

Paper transcripts should be mailed to:
BioMedCAS Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9207
Watertown, MA 02471

International Transcripts

Applicants who have attended institutions outside of the US and Canada are required to submit all official transcripts, mark sheets and a photocopy of their diploma(s) (with English translation when applicable). All post-secondary / university transcripts must be accompanied by a course-by-course transcript evaluation with GPA from the World Education Service (Select ICAP Report). Follow the instructions on the WES website specifically for BiomedCAS. Your evaluation will be electronically sent to BiomedCAS.

Official transcripts with translation and credential evaluation must be received before an application will be reviewed.

If you have already had your transcripts evaluated by a NACES accredited agency on this list have official copies resent to:

BioMedCAS Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9207
Watertown, MA 02471

GRE General Test and GRE Subject Tests

Applicants are required to submit GRE general exam scores taken within the last five years. When registering for the test, please request that your score be sent to “University of Miami BiomedCAS”, institution code 4090.

Additionally, applicants may submit applicable GRE Subject Tests. While not required, strong performance in relevant tests will add to the strength of your application.

English Proficiency Exams

International students whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. This requirement is waived for applicants who have successfully completed 30 consecutive credits at the university level where English was the language of instruction or those who have passed the USMLEs. Test scores must be less than two years old.

TOEFL: When registering for the test, please request that your score be sent to BiomedCAS, institution code B765. The minimum score is 80.

IELTS: When registering for the test, please request that your score be sent to the University of Miami, institution code 4862. The minimum score is 6.5.

Statement of Purpose and Objectives

Your personal essay is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a narrative discussing your past education, experience, and current professional career objectives. Your statement of purpose should describe your:

  • Reasons for interest in your application degree
  • Your specific area(s) of research/professional interest in your application degree
  • Career goals including how you hope to contribute to biomedical research
  • Reasons for interest in the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine

Resume / Curriculum Vitae

All applicants must submit a complete, up-to-date resume / CV that includes all employment, research experience, community service, education and academic or professional honors. Be sure to detail all experience related to the discipline you are applying to, including research experience, training, education or other related qualifications with bulleted summaries.

Letters of Recommendation

All applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation from those who are best able to assess your ability to be successful in a graduate degree program. Ideally, your recommenders are recent researchers or employers in a related research or scientific field. Applicants should request that their recommender write a letter that is specific to the discipline for which they are applying. Form letters and recommendations written for medical school applications contribute little to your application and are strongly discouraged.

You will be asked for your recommenders’ contact information in BioMedCAS. They will be sent an online form to complete via email. Applicants must submit a minimum of three to a maximum of five recommendations.


After the initial committee review of complete applications, select applicants will be invited for Skype and / or on-campus interviews. Interviews are generally scheduled in the month of February and March.