We encourage you to apply to our BIMS Graduate Program.

The requirements for admission to our Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Programs are rigorous, since it is our goal to recruit the very best students who will go on to be leading scientists in academia, industry, and other areas. Requirements for application include completion of a Bachelor’s degree at a reputable undergraduate 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.

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 Research Disciplines #1, 2, 3 on the application (see below), will be used to coordinate interviews with faculty from the BIMS Graduate Group.

The application is available through the UVA Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at the link below:


FILLING OUT THE APPLICATION: When completing your application, please fill out all the required fields as outlined below, including the “Program and Degree” designation of Biomedical Sciences (PhD).

Once you create an account and plan to submit an application:

  • Under “Application Information”, “Select the Intended Program and Degree:” Choose “Biomedical Sciences (PhD)”
  • Select “Not Applicable” for “Specialization”.
  • Complete all questions in the two sections listed under “Biomedical Sciences”, in the left hand toolbar. Completion of both sections “Research Interests” and “Additional Information” are required.
  • Choose up to three appropriate “Disciplines”, under “Research Interests”  which will help us to understand your interests and to identify potential faculty members whose research interests may mesh with your personal interests.
  • For Biomedical Engineering please use the application portal found at:  


Application review will begin in mid-November, so early applications are highly encouraged.  

Application deadline is December 1st.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: All students are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test. Please use Institution Code 5820. The University of Virginia does not, at this time, use GRE specific department codes; please leave that field blank when requesting that your scores be sent from ETS.

Applicants are encouraged to obtain letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with their research experience and potential.  Applicants are also encouraged to send reprints of publications that they have co-authored, or other relevant materials for review by the Admissions Committee. Three letters of recommendation are required but additional letters are often submitted and are welcomed.  Recommendation letters must be submitted through the online application system.

Non-electronic materials should be mailed to:

Dean of Graduate Admissions
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400775
583 New Cabell Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4775

Physical Address for FEDEx, UPS, Other Carriers:
Dean of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
1605 Jefferson Park Avenue
583 New Cabell Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4775
Phone: 434-924-6739

Please direct any queries to: