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
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.
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
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
Complete a writing sample
Submit the following documents:
Official undergraduate transcript of all
Three letters of recommendation written by
professors or by individuals familiar with the applicantís
professional work and skills.
Official GRE scores, no more than 5 years old
Certificate of No Penal Record
Fee of US$150.00 (non-refundable)
Upon acceptance, all students are required to submit
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
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.
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
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
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.
MBRS-RISE TRAINING PROGRAM
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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