We encourage you to apply to our BIMS Graduate Program.

 

The online application system will begin accepting applications on September 1, 2017.  Please read this page before you begin.

Apply to the BIMS Graduate Program at this link:  https://applycentral.virginia.edu/apply/

The deadline to submit an online application is December 1, 2017 at 11:59pm Eastern time.

Make note of any differential between your time zone and the Eastern time zone on which our application deadline is based and allow ample time in advance of the deadline for uploading materials and submitting your application. Any number of unforeseen circumstances affecting electronic, web-based access to the online application system could cause the application process to take longer than anticipated and lead you to miss the deadline. Once the application system closes after 11:59pm Eastern time, you will not be able to submit your application, even if you initiated completion of the application prior to the deadline.

Application review will begin in mid-November, so early applications are highly encouraged. After review of the application, competitive applicants will be invited by one of our Admission Committee Chairs for an expense-paid interview and recruiting visit. The applicant’s choice of research interests, as indicated by selection of up to three research interests on the online application, will be used to coordinate interviews with faculty from the BIMS Graduate Group.

If you have questions about the BIMS Graduate Programs during the admission process, please feel free to contact bims@virginia.edu. If you have questions about the online application or admission requirements, please contact bimsadmission@virginia.edu.

Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the BIMS Graduate Programs are rigorous, as it is our goal to recruit the very best students who will go on to be leading scientists in academia, industry, and other areas. All applicants should have earned or should be in the process of earning an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution. Although strong weighting is given to a student’s grade point average and GRE scores, the most important criterion for admission is a student’s passion and commitment for research and aspiration for a professional career conducting pioneering biomedical research.

The application form must be completed online. The following materials must accompany the application in order for it to be considered complete.

Standardized Test Scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)All applicants are required to record their scores from the GRE General Test on their online application. Official scores are not necessary for the review process but will be required if the applicant matriculates as a student.

If your scores will expire prior to July of the coming year (GRE scores are valid for five years), then you should have official scores submitted prior to their expiration. The BIMS Graduate Programs accept official scores directly from Education Testing Services (ETS). Please enter the institution code 5820 for GRE scores. BIMS does not utilize the department code that ETS requires applicants to select. You may choose any department code, as it will have no effect on the review of your application. Official scores sent from ETS are automatically matched to the application once received.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

All international students must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores in addition to GRE scores. Applicants are required to record their scores from the TOEFL/IELTS exam on their online application. Official scores are not necessary for the review process, but will be required if the applicant matriculates as a student.

If your scores will expire prior to July of the coming year (TOEFL/IELTS scores are valid for two years), then you should have official scores submitted prior to their expiration. The BIMS Graduate Programs receive TOEFL scores directly from Education Testing Services (ETS). Please enter the institution code B875. The BIMS Graduate Programs do not utilize the department code that ETS requires applicants to select. You may choose any department code, as it will have no effect on the review of your application. IELTS scores should be sent electronically to the University of Virginia. No department or code is needed. Official scores sent from ETS/IELTS are automatically matched to the application at the time they are received.

The minimum internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score requirement is 90 (including sectional minimums of 22 in speaking, 22 in writing, 23 in reading and 23 in listening). The minimum paper-based TOEFL score requirement is 600. Applicants may submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as an alternative to the TOEFL exam. The minimum IELTS score requirement is 7.0 in each section. In any case, the date of the reported test must fall within two years of the application deadline. The BIMS Graduate Group will consider applications with scores that do not meet the minimum requirements.

The TOEFL is not required of applicants who have or will have obtained an undergraduate degree entirely at an institution where the primary language of instruction is English. The TOEFL requirement will be waived for an applicant who submits evidence of these circumstances (such as a transcript or primary language certificate) as part of the electronic application.

Transcripts

Applicants must upload unofficial transcripts of their entire post-secondary academic record to the online application, including all undergraduate- and graduate-level coursework. Applicants are expected to have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their undergraduate programs.

Transcripts that are not stated in English must be accompanied by a translation into English.

Please do not request and mail official transcripts as part of the application process. Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the review of your application. If you are offered admission to the BIMS Graduate Programs, you will be asked at that time to send official transcripts from the undergraduate institution you attended to the Central Graduate Admission Office.

If you must request official transcripts during the application process, we strongly recommend that you have your transcripts delivered electronically to bimsadmission@virginia.edu. If transcripts cannot be sent electronically, then please have transcripts sent to one of the following addresses:

For U.S. Postal Service:
Central Graduate Admission Office
PO Box 401110
Charlottesville, VA, United States of America 22904

For Courier Service (DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.):
1001 North Emmet Street
Room 209B, Carruthers Hall
Charlottesville, VA, United States of America 22903
434-243-0209

Letters of Recommendation

The BIMS Graduate Programs require three letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to obtain letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with their research experience and potential. Letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically by the recommendation providers through the online application system. Once you have saved the contact information for a particular reference within the online application, that individual will receive instructions via e-mail for submitting a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

Application Fees

A non-refundable fee of $85 is due at the time the application is submitted. For information concerning fee waivers that are available to applicants, please visit: https://graddiversity.virginia.edu/application-fee-waiver