Doctoral Program(PhD) in Biomedical Sciences

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in Biomedical Sciences is an integrated, interdepartmental program in the basic biomedical sciences that seeks to provide students with a broad-based two-year core curriculum followed by advanced courses and dissertation research leading to a PhD degree. The Program reflects the interest of the Institution to promote the formation of professionals in the biomedical sciences.

The degree is awarded after successful completion of an interdisciplinary core curriculum in the biomedical sciences, which includes Histology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, Pharmacology, and electives in special topics. Students must also complete an original research project that significantly contributes to the scientific knowledge in a particular field.

Cost per credit is USD$350.00. Other annual fees apply

Registration, orientation period and commencement of classes take place in second half of July.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must comply with the following:

  • Have completed a bachelorís degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 35 credits in sciences including the following courses:
    General Biology 2 semesters (8 credits)
    General Chemistry 2 semesters (8 credits)
    Organic Chemistry 2 semesters (8 credits)
    Calculus 1 semester (3 credits)
    Physics 2 semesters (8 credits)

  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (on a four-point scale)

  • Have scored  278  on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general subject test with 2.5 in Analytical, no more than five years old.

  • Interview with members of the Admissions Committee

  • Complete a writing sample

  • Submit the following documents:

    • Official undergraduate transcript of all universities attended.

    • Three letters of recommendation written by professors or by individuals familiar with the applicantís professional work and skills.

    • CV/resume

    • Official GRE scores, no more than 5 years old (

    • Certificate of No Penal Record

    • Application Processing Fee of US$150.00 (non-refundable)

Upon acceptance, all students are required to submit the following:

  • Written confirmation of acceptance and a non-refundable deposit of USD$100.00 to secure the seat in the entering class.

  • Physical Exam (using a form provided by the Admissions Office)

  • Health Certificate from the Department of Health of PR

  • Evidence of up to date immunization record (must include Varicella, Td Adult, MMR and three doses of Hepatitis B).

  • Policy on Technical Standards

  • Other documents will be notified as pertinent.

Selection Criteria

When evaluating the applicants, the Admissions Committee selects the best candidates applying. The Committee looks for accepting students of integrity and maturity that show concern for others, leadership potential, character, academic achievements, motivation, emotional stability, evidence of research experience, interview reports, GRE score, letters of recommendation and an aptitude for working with people.

Accepted applicants must successfully complete all courses and programs in progress as indicated at the time of application, including course requirements for admission at a standard comparable in quality with past academic performance.

How to Apply

Application for Admission to the PhD in Biomedical Sciences can be downloaded or obtained personally at our Admissions Office.

Deadline to apply is January 15.


The Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) is a student development program for minority-serving institutions granted by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (R25GM082406). Its main purpose is to increase the number of students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical/behavioral sciences that complete PhD degrees, advance to competitive postdoctoral positions, and enter productive research careers.

Students accepted into the PhD program will be considered for appointment in the RISE program. RISE admission decisions will be made after students have been officially accepted into the PhD program.

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