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Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in:

Biochemistry and Cancer Biology 
Cellular Biology and Anatomy 
Genomic Medicine 
Molecular Medicine 
Neuroscience 
Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology 
Pharmacology 
Physiology 
Vascular Biology

 

OVERVIEW

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is offered in the following biomedical science majors: Biochemistry and Cancer Biology, Cell Biology and Anatomy, Genomic Medicine, Molecular Medicine, Neuroscience, Oral Biology, Physiology, Pharmacology, and Vascular Biology.  Outstanding areas of research in these programs include cancer biology, neurological diseases, cardiovascular diseases, obesity/diabetes and inflammation/infection to name a few.  Application to the biomedical sciences Ph.D. programs are through a common admissions process and not to a specific major.  First year students complete a set of core courses, specialized courses and laboratory rotations before selecting a major.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Fall Entry

  • December 1 early deadline is for:
    • Applicants who submit an application by December 1st can receive an application fee refund. 
  • December 15 standard deadline

NOTE: All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made. Please email biomed@augusta.edu for information on applying after the standard deadline. Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.

NOTE: Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

CAMPUS AND PROGRAM DELIVERY

Campus: Main - Augusta

Program Delivery: Campus

REQUIREMENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS

Completed Online Application

Application Fee: $50

GPA: Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and minimum overall graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 

Minimum Degree Requirement:  Bachelor’s (or higher) degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. To be used to satisfy degree requirements, evaluation of foreign education transcripts must show degree earned that is the U.S. equivalency of degree required by the program. 

Official Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official transcripts should be sent to Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, Augusta University will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to admissions@augusta.edu.

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Silny and WES are recommended. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement.

References: Recommendations (which include a reference form and letter of recommendation) from three individuals are required. Referees should be individuals qualified to critically assess the applicant's prior academic (usually college professors), employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience (clinical or research supervisor/manager) and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicant's potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected.

Graduate reference forms and letters of recommendation can be submitted online only. As part of the online application process, applicants provide the names and current email addresses for three individuals they have asked to serve as their referees. Once the online application is submitted, each referee will receive an email notification directing him/her to the online site where he/she can complete the reference form and submit his/her letter of recommendation. To change a referee after the application has been submitted, the applicant is instructed to log into his/her ApplyWeb (CollegeNet) account and update the name and current email address for the referee. Status updates of your referees' submissions will be provided to you directly from ApplyWeb (CollegeNet). 

Standardized Tests:

    • GRE Requirement: Test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within 5 years of the date of application.
          • A minimum score of 300 total (combined Verbal and Quantitative Scores) is required.
          • All GRE scores must be official and submitted to Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores to Augusta University is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
  • TOEFL Exam Scores: Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English.
    • All official TOEFL scores must be official and submitted to Augusta University directly from Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than two years old. The Augusta University institution code for submission of TOEFL scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
    • Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction.
    • Minimum scores:
      • 213 computer-based,
      • 79 internet-based, or:
      • 550 paper-based (PBT) for test takers who took the PBT prior to October 2017, and were scored on the old scoring scale of 310-677
      • No minimum for the revised paper-delivered test (PDT) taken on or after October 2017, and scored on the new scoring scale of 0-30 for each section (Listening, Reading and Writing).

 

Proof of Lawful Presence: In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University are required to provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. Acceptance to the Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified. ALL applicants who are U.S. Citizens must submit documentation that verifies his/her lawful presence in the United States at time of application to admissions@augusta.edu.

Testing and Disability Services: The Office of Disability  Services provides a variety of services and accommodations to meet the needs of disability related concerns in accordance with the Americans with Disability Act – Amended Act (2008), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Board of Regents' policies. Accommodations for students with disabilities are made on an Individual basis. For more information please visit The Testing and Disability Services website at http://www.augusta.edu/tds/index.php or contact them at tds@augusta.edu.

NOTES:

  • While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with The Graduate School at Augusta University at gradstudies@augusta.edu for recent updates.
  • Substitutions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.
  • Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.

 

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Experience: Laboratory research experience documented in one or more letters of recommendation from a supervisor or mentor.

Pre-requisite Course Work: Although no specific science courses are pre-requisites, a strong science course load is recommended. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Graduate students are admitted through a cooperative effort between The Office of Academic Admissions, The Graduate School (TGS; program’s administrative home) and the colleges or departments that offer TGS graduate degree or certificate programs (program’s academic home). TGS graduate programs enjoy a significant amount of autonomy to make admissions recommendations, while The Graduate School provides oversight to help set and ensure high academic standards in making the final decision. Admission to TGS graduate programs is a multi-step process: 

Applications and references are submitted via the ApplyWeb (CollegeNet) online system. Completed applications and references will be transferred from CollegeNet system to Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admissions (OAA) for processing into the Augusta University electronic applicant database system.  Programs will have access to applicant’s files and documents only after OAA has officially processed them into the Augusta University electronic applicant database system.   

Applicants can monitor OAA’s receipt and processing of their application and application documents into the Augusta University system using the online status check.  Application decisions will not be made until all official documents have been received and processed into the Augusta University’s electronic applicant database system by Augusta University’s OAA. 

The program/academic college for which you are applying will review your Graduate School application and supporting documents.  Interviews will be scheduled and considered, as applicable to individual programs. Taken together, the whole of your application should demonstrate substantial preparation for graduate study in the field for which you are seeking admittance.

Exceptions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.

Upon recommendation of the program/academic college, The Graduate School will review your credentials and applicant profile and make a formal, official decision for your admittance. Official notice of your admission can only come from the dean of The Graduate School via notification from Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admission.

Upon acceptance, please submit your Admissions Acceptance Contract and official final transcripts, if necessary to the address below or electronically to admissions@augusta.edu

Augusta University

The Office of Academic Admissions  

1120 15th Street, Benet House

Augusta, Georgia 30912 

Technical Standards (next step for accepted applicants): For accepted applicants to qualify for enrollment into, retention in and graduation from academic programs in The Graduate School, an individual must satisfy certain technical standards.  For more information and to review The Graduate School technical standards please visit  http://www.augusta.edu/gradstudies/nextstep/technicalstandards.php  Individual programs may have additional specific standards that also must be met. Please contact your program directly for additional program specific technical standards requirements.

Immunizations must be submitted to Student Health prior to enrollment.

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