Only complete applications to the BMS Program will be reviewed. Applications are accepted and reviewed for the Fall and Winter terms only. A complete application should be submitted no later than August 1st (Fall) and December 1st (Winter), respectively, to ensure matriculation to the upcoming term. Applications receiving a favorable review will be recommended to the WSU Graduate School for acceptance to the BMS program, but matriculation into the BMS curriculum is contingent upon "Admission" by the WSU Graduate School (which for some applicants specifies additional requirements).
An undergraduate major in biological or chemical science is preferred. Students with other backgrounds will be considered for admission based on their academic record, competence for the BMS curriculum, and their experience. The applicant's academic record must include undergraduate-level courses in biology (at least two semesters) and chemistry (at least four semesters); additional science courses will be examined for evidence of academic aptitude for an interdisciplinary basic biomedical sciences curriculum. The applicant's transcript must report a held, or near completion, bachelor's degree or equivalent. To be considered for "Regular Admission", the applicant's transcript(s) must report an earned cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 system). An earned cumulative grade point average of less than 3.0 may be considered for "Qualified Admission". The BMS program is not permitted to recommend acceptance to the BMS Program under the "Graduate Non-Degree Admission" category but will forward suitable applications as judged appropriate. The BMS Program will not consider applications for "Post-Bachelor Admission" because the BMS curriculum is a graduate, not an undergraduate, curriculum.
Application Procedure & Requirements
For the BMS program to review an application all of the following must be provided through the Online Graduate Admissions Application.
Complete the Graduate Programs Online Application, which is a simultaneous application to the BMS Program and to the WSU Graduate School. The Graduate Programs Online Application requires you to provide basic personal and academic ("Higher Education Record", "Examinations taken or scheduled") information. Update mail and e-mail addresses should they change. It permits you to provide the required Statement of Purpose (or Personal Statement). It permits you to identify individuals who will provide references, who can submit their references online through the application portal or via a letter-holding system such as Interfolio. You can access the application via the Graduate Admissions site: https://gradschool.wayne.edu/apply
From each college and university attended. Send copies of all transcripts directly to the BMS Program.
Have original transcripts sent directly to the WSU Graduate School, because admission by the WSU Graduate School requires official transcripts from each college and university attended. Official transcripts require being "sent directly from the institution where the work was completed and bears an official seal" (see Wayne State University Graduate Bulletin "GRADUATE SCHOOL ADMISSION" section).
Standardized Test(s) Scores
Submitting a standardized test score is highly recommended. Upload to your application or send directly to the BMS Program the score report(s) (copies are acceptable). The program accepts the Medical College Application Test (MCAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Dental Admissions Test (DAT), or Pharmacy College Application Test (PCAT).
Statement of Purpose
By the applicant; this can be done within the Online Application "Personal Statement" section. The Statement of Purpose may include a concise description of the applicant's academic background, academic and professional interest(s), and experience(s)-particularly those that influenced career choices and the decision to apply to the BMS program, long-term academic and professional goals, and how the applicant anticipates the BMS Program may help accomplish their long-term academic and professional goals.
Three (3) are required, which can be done through the Online Application or sent directly to the BMS Program.
References from at least two academic educators are required. Particular value is given to references from faculty advisors who counseled the applicant throughout prior undergraduate education, from academicians whom the applicant has interacted with beyond a single term (semester), from academicians who have taught the applicant in courses directly relevant to preparation for the BMS program, and from individuals who directed the applicants biomedical or medical experiences; it is important that the applicant and individuals providing references identify the nature and duration of their interactions.
Applicants who graduated from colleges/universities in countries other than the United States of America have additional requirements for admission by the WSU Graduate School; these are detailed in the WSU Graduate Bulletin "GRADUATE SCHOOL ADMISSION" section. WSU Graduate Admissions converts all international transcripts to an earned grade point average in the 4.0 system commonly used in the United States of America. Also, the English Proficiency Requirement must be satisfied. Final admissions decisions are the sole purview of the WSU Graduate School.
*Deadline to Apply to the BMS program is:
- December 1st prior to Winter term (Winter)
- August first Prior to Fall term (Fall)