Admission Requirements for PhD Programs in Biomedical Sciences

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE MAJORS (PhD)

Application Deadlines (Fall 2019 entry):

*EXTENDED* Applicants who apply on or before DECEMBER 20, 2018 can receive an application fee waiver. Get your waiver code by emailing biomed@augusta.edu before applying.

December 15 Standard Deadline ($50.00 application fee)

Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.


- 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.

- Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.

Biomedical Science Admission Requirements
(Fall 2019 Entry Term)

 
GPA
A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and, if applicable, a minimum overall graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Cumulative GPA’s are calculated by the Office of Academic Admissions based on the Georgia Board of Regent’s standards.

Degree Requirement
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. To be used to satisfy degree requirement, evaluation of foreign educational transcripts must show degree(s) earned that are the U.S. equivalency of degree(s) 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.
Augusta University
The Office of Academic Admissions
1120 15th Street, Benet House
Augusta, GA 30912
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.

Letters of Recommendation (3)
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 (college professors), research (research mentor/principal investigators), and/or relevant employment experiences and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicant's potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected.

Recommendations can be submitted online only. Within the application, you will provide the names and current email addresses for three individuals you have asked to serve as your recommenders. Once your application is submitted, each recommender will receive an email notification directing them to the online site where they can complete their recommendation.

To change a recommender after the application has been submitted, log into your ApplyWeb (collegeNet) account and make updates. Status updates of your recommenders' submissions will be provided to you directly from ApplyWeb (CollegeNet).

GRE Requirements
A minimum GRE 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.
Test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within 5 years of the date of application.

TOEFL Requirements
(if applicable)
The official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English.  The TOEFL exam must be taken within 2 years of the date of application.The Augusta University institution code for submission of TOEFL scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code.The minimum scores are:
 - 213 computer-based
 - 79 internet-based
 - 550 paper-based (PBT; prior to October 2017)
- No minimum for the revised paper-delivered test (PDT; October 2017 and later)

Research Experience  
Research Experience is not required for admission, but is strongly recommended. One or more letters of recommendation from a supervisor or mentor is recommended to document laboratory research experience.

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

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 Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified. ALL applicants who are US Citizens must submit documentation that verifies his/her lawful presence in the United States at time of application to the Office of Admissions.

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 email or visit the Testing & Disability Services website.

Application Review 
The program/academic college for which you are applying will review your 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. 

Decision Notification 
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 Admissions.

Council of Graduate Schools April 15 Resolution
Augusta University supports the  Council Of Graduate Schools Resolution  concerning the acceptance of an offer of financial support (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student.  Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15. The complete resolution and full list of members and institutions that support it can be found on the CGS website.

While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with The Graduate School 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.