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MBS Admissions

Application Cycle and Deadline

The program has rolling admissions and the application cycle begins in January for admission the following August. Early application is recommended, as the admissions committee begins awarding seats in the program during the spring semester. However, students who were wait-listed for professional programs and did not obtain final admittance are still encouraged to apply during the summer months. We encourage those students to indicate the program to which they were wait-listed on their application.

Admission Requirements

  1. A Bachelor's degree (minimum GPA 3.0) -- It is expected that the student will have a strong science background.
  2. At least one standardized test with a minimum score of the following:
    1. MCAT 494
    2. GRE 300
    3. DAT 17
    4. OAT 300
    5. PCAT 50th percentile

As an alternative to the MBS program, check out our non-thesis Master's of Biological Sciences program.

How to Apply

A complete application to the MBS program will include five items to be submitted as indicated:

  1. Official undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts from all colleges or universities attended -- to be submitted in hardcopy form to the UNC Graduate School
  2. Official scores from the entrance exam (MCAT, GRE, etc) -- to be submitted in hardcopy form to the UNC Graduate School
  3. A completed application form -- to be submitted on-line to the UNC Graduate School
  4. Three letters of recommendation (see below) -- to be submitted by your referees/letter writers using this online reference form
  5. A letter of intent describing why you are interested in this program (see below) -- to be submitted online to the UNC Graduate School during the application process

Letters of recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required as part of your application to the MBS program. The letters should be from professionals/academics who can comment on your qualifications for graduate study in the biomedical sciences from a standpoint of personal experience with your professional/academic activities. Letters of a non-professional nature (from friends, family, etc.) will not be accepted. Each letter of recommendation should be submitted by the writer using this online reference form.

The letter of intent

The letter of intent should be used to explain who you are, your career goals, the path that you chose to reach your current educational standing, your accomplishments along the way, and how you have prepared yourself for graduate/professional school. It is critical that you also highlight your clinical, research, and community service experiences. Your letter can explain why the School should consider you over other persons for a position in the program -- in other words, why are you likely to succeed. Tangible examples of past successes are useful to support your argument. The letter of intent is also your opportunity to present compelling information that you do not feel is adequately communicated in the other application materials. The letter of intent should be submitted online to the UNC Graduate School during the application process.