Still have questions about applying to the Biomedical Graduate Program Consortium? Consult this list of frequently asked questions.

Q: Can you assess my chances of admission based on the following criteria (class rank, etc.)?

A: We cannot provide preliminary evaluations of chances for admissions based on any one or two qualifications. The admissions committee carefully reviews the entire application package (personal statement, recommendation letters, transcripts, etc.) to determine admission decisions.


Q: Should I send my application to a specific faculty member with whom I am interested in working?

A: No. In order for an application to be part of the admissions process, it must be sent to the program via the process described above. Admission decisions are made by a pre-determined committee of program faculty.


Q: What if I cannot afford the application fee? Can I defer the payment of the fee until I am admitted?

A: The Graduate School has introduced a new electronic application system for spring 2016 admissions and beyond. With this new system, an application cannot be submitted unless the application fee has been paid. We understand the financial difficulties associated with application to graduate programs. The Graduate School offers a limited number of application fee grants, which are directed to 1) applicants who have participated in pipeline programs specifically designed to prepare students for graduate studies, and 2) domestic (non-international) applicants who have grown up in a low-income family.

If you have further questions about application fee grants, please contact the program coordinator as a limited number of additional fee grants may be available based on criteria set by the individual programs. Please know that it takes a week for a program to process an application fee grant request so that an application can be submitted. Please plan ahead so that you can meet the program's application deadline to ensure full consideration.


Q: How can I learn more about costs and funding?

A: All consortium students pursuing a PhD receive a competitive stipend, and are guaranteed support so long as they remain in good academic standing. Tuition remission and health insurance are also provided. See each program’s website for more details. The Graduate School also provides information about costs and funding.


Q: I am interested in the Endocrinology – Reproductive Physiology program and I’m unsure if I should pursue an MS or a PhD. What should I do?

A: ERP offers an MS program as well as a PhD program. Commitment to graduate education is a significant investment of both time and resources on your part. Indicating an interest in both the ERP MS and PhD degrees provides you with the most opportunities for financial support and long-term flexibility. A change of degree goal can be accomplished by contacting the ERP program coordinator. It should be noted that individuals who pursue an MS have difficulties finding a laboratory because some of the program’s funding can only be used for PhD candidates and because many faculty are not willing to mentor a student who will leave after two years.