Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies

How to Apply

Executive PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Please direct all questions about our programs to: a.fernandez22@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.


Applicants must maintain a full time position in industry or other laboratories involved in research at their workplace. Applicants should have a bachelor degree in a biological or related discipline (e.g., psychology, chemistry, engineering, or 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. Applicants with a master’s degree may be eligible for waiver of select requirements.

Competitive candidates will have the following:

  • Excellent academic record (minimum overall cumulative GPA = 3.0)
  • Competitive GRE exam scores (top 50th percentile)
  • Full-time position in an industrial, government or academic institution
  • Access to a laboratory and its resources to pursue PhD level science
  • Letter of support from employer
  • 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

December 22ndApplication deadline for spring applicants
June 1stApplication deadline for fall applicants

Online Application

BioMedical’s 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. We encourage applicants to upload unofficial copies of all application materials to their online application. Please note that this allows us to begin reviewing your application but does not fulfill the requirements of official documentation.

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..

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.

If you have completed the GRE exam(s) you may upload unofficial copies of your score report(s) with your online application while waiting for the official scores to be delivered.

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 University of Miami, institution code B765. The minimum score is 80.

IELTS: When registering for the test, please request that your score be sent to 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

Research Proposal

Your research proposal is used to assign you to a full time Biochemistry and Molecular Biology professor that is best fit to guide you in that specific area of research.

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.

Letter of Support from Employer

All applicants are required to supply a letter of support from their employer acknowledging the student will be using laboratory time and resources to complete required research for the program. This letter should also acknowledge that the applicant may need to request time away from their full time position to attend program related tasks on campus. Although not required, financial support from your employer is encouraged.