Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies

Vision Science and Investigative Ophthalmology


For questions about this specific program, contact Eva Norton at enorton@miami.edu or 305-243-4919.

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.

Qualifications


Competitive candidates will have the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution must be conferred before the intended start date.
  • Excellent academic record (minimum overall cumulative GPA = 3.0)
  • Strong letters of recommendation from scientists who know the candidate well
  • Motivation to pursue a state-of-the-art education

Application Timeline

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the following deadlines. Please note that international applicants should apply early and no later than March 31st.


DateDeadline
May 1stPriority Deadline for Fall Entry

Online Application


The BioMed Centralized Application Service (BioMedCAS) welcomes applicants to use a single online application and one set of materials to apply to multiple programs at participating schools. All applicants to 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 $95 for the first program you apply to and $45 for each additional program. 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 qualifications:

  • 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 ogps@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). BiomedCAS requires that an unofficial transcript be uploaded for each international institution. Please note that you must still send the official translation and evaluation to complete your application.

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

Transcripts should be mailed from the evaluation service directly to:
BioMedCAS Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9207
Watertown, MA 02471

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 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. Enter your essay in the “Supporting Information” section of your BiomedCAS application.

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.

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.