You will need to pay a $50 non-refundable application fee when you submit your application.
The application will not be processed until the fee is paid. If the fee is not paid by the application deadline, your application will not be reviewed. This fee is payable by credit card.
Application Fee Waivers
Ronald E. McNair Scholars will have the opportunity to obtain an application fee waiver once inside the application.
You will need to submit academic transcripts from each college and/or university attended regardless of whether or not a degree was conferred.
- Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for an admission decision. If you are extended an offer of admission, you will need to submit official transcripts before the start of courses.
- Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, or anything handwritten are not acceptable for an admission decision.
You will need to submit a Resume/CV and a personal statement.
- The personal statement should summarize your relevant skills and experiences, describe your research and career objectives, address the fit between your goals and the graduate training offered by IBMS and address your view of the goals and benefits of interdisciplinary education in the Biomedical Sciences arena.
You will need to submit at least 3 letters of recommendation with your application. These letters should speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program. Professional and/or academic letters are required.
- On the "Recommendations" tab, click "Add Recommender."
- Complete the form, and click "Send to Recommender."
- Your recommender will receive an emailed link to complete the electronic recommendation.
Note: Use your recommender's institutional or corporate email address. Submissions from anonymous email addresses (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo) may be subject to additional review.
You must submit GRE scores unless you qualify for and receive a GRE waiver. Submit GRE scores through ETS. Use Georgia State's GRE code: 5251.
If you are interested in requesting a GRE waiver, please complete the GRE Waiver Request form.
International applicants may also be required to submit English Proficiency test scores. Please see the "International Students" tab at the bottom of the page for more information.
Are there any prerequisites that I need to complete before I am eligible to apply for admission?
A conferred bachelor's degree is the only requirement for applicants interested in applying for the doctoral program.
How will you evaluate my application?
Our admissions committee reviews each candidate’s entire application and weighs each piece equally, which we call a holistic review. We don’t eliminate applicants based solely on test scores and GPA. Students with lower GPAs or GRE scores can bolster their application by using their personal statement to explain why they earned the grades they did, including a resume that describes their research experience and having stellar recommendation letters.
What is the minimum GPA and GRE/TOEFL/IELTS score required for admission into the Ph.D. program?
Since each application undergoes a holistic review, we do not have required minimums.
How do I compare with previously accepted Ph.D. students in IBMS?
The average scores for previously accepted doctoral students are as follows:
|Cumulative Undergraduate GPA||3.47|
|Cumulative Graduate GPA||3.69|
|GRE (quantitative + verbal scores)||309|
Applying to Georgia State has never been easier, and this page walks you through several very important elements of our application: the personal statement, optional writing sample and letters of recommendation.
Due to the nature of the program, prior research experience is highly recommended. Applicants should include a thorough overview of their research and related work experience in their resume/CV and personal statement. Including one or more letters of recommendation from a research supervisor or research mentor documenting research experience is also strongly recommended.
Topics and Tips for the Personal Statement
The personal statement is one of the most important parts of your application. This essay is a window into who you are, your passions and your potential for being a good match. It is a way of getting to know you without actually meeting you.
Your personal statement should address the following topics:
- What are your research and career interests and goals?
- How will completing this program help you meet your research/career goals?
- In your opinion, what are the benefits of interdisciplinary education in the biomedical sciences arena?
- Are there any potential red flags in your application that you would like to further address?
The Optional Writing Sample
The writing sample is not required for admission into the doctoral program, but it provides applicants with an opportunity to further strengthen their application and gain a competitive advantage.
This document should be a substantive body of work that exhibits your ability to synthesize ideas, concepts or theories, logically draw conclusions and defend them.
Here are a few examples of documents that can be submitted as a writing sample:
- General research paper
- Capstone project
- Master’s thesis
- Research proposal
- Article Review
- Lab Report
- Case Study
- Term Paper
Do's and Don'ts
- Submit your writing sample in English only.
- Double space your document.
- Spend some time reworking and proofreading your writing sample.
- Submit a writing sample longer than 20 pages.
English Proficiency Scores
In addition to meeting all other applicable requirements for admission, non-native speakers of English must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency. Proof of English proficiency can be demonstrated through one of the following:
- Proof of baccalaureate or graduate degree completion inside (from an accredited institution) or outside the U.S. where English is the official language of academic instruction – see list of countries below
- TOEFL scores (paper or Internet based)
- IELTS scores
- Completion of a University System of Georgia approved ESL program
Any applicant whose country of birth is an English-speaking country is not subject to the English Proficiency requirement.
The full English Proficiency exemption list can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.
International Academic Credentials
IBMS does not require applicants to submit a professional course-by-course evaluation. Your credentials will be evaluated for equivalency in-house by the Graduate Admissions office.
Graduate Admissions will make every attempt to evaluate your credentials for U.S. equivalency. If they cannot clearly determine equivalency, a professional evaluation for degree-equivalency will be requested by email. Submit your documents well in advance of the deadline to allow time for evaluation. If your degree is not equivalent you will be ineligible for graduate admission. Our undergraduate programs may serve as an alternative.
International applicants need not submit financial documents, including proof of support or bank statements, during the application process. Upon admission, International Student & Scholar Services will request required documentation via iStart.
Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Waiver Requirements
GRE scores (or an approved equivalent) are required for consideration of your admission into IBMS graduate programs unless you have been granted a GRE waiver.
Applicants interested in requesting a GRE waiver for the Ph.D. program must meet the following criteria:
- Completion of a terminal degree (Ph.D., MD, etc.) from a regionally accredited college or university in the past five years.
To request a GRE waiver, please complete the GRE waiver request form. For your request to be considered, you must:
- Upload a scanned copies of transcript(s)
- Upload a resume or CV
English Proficiency Waiver Requirements
International applicants must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency by submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores. This requirement is waived for applicants born in an English-speaking country (listed here) or proof that an applicant has:
- Earned or will earn a post-secondary degree (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, or juris doctorate) before term enrollment from a regionally accredited U.S. or international institution where English is the official language of academic instruction – see list of approved international countries here; and
- The majority (three or more years) of post-secondary degree requirements were completed at an institution(s) meeting the criteria listed under number one.
To request an English proficiency waiver, please complete the English proficiency waiver request form. For your request to be considered, you must:
- Upload scanned copies of transcript(s)
- Upload a resume or CV
I am currently enrolled in the last semester of my degree program. Am I eligible to apply now?
Yes. As long as applicants are able to submit a final transcript with posted degree before the start of the Fall semester, they are eligible to apply for the upcoming semester.
Is the GRE required for admission?
GRE scores are required for admission into the master’s and doctoral programs unless you have requested and been approved for a GRE waiver.
Should I take the General or Subject GRE test?
You should take the General GRE test and have it reported to institution code 5251.
How do I obtain a GRE waiver for my doctoral application?
To request a GRE waiver, please submit a waiver request here.
Is there funding available for doctoral students?
Accepted doctoral students will receive funding in the form of a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) appointment.
What is a Graduate Research Assistant?
A graduate research assistant is a student who is hired to conduct academically significant research under the direction of one of our world-renowned faculty members in exchange for a monthly stipend and a tuition waiver.
Do I need to find a lab or faculty match before I can submit my application?
No. In your personal statement, you may list the faculty members that you are potentially interested in working with, and this will be used to help match you with a faculty member during the admissions process.
Where should I submit my application materials that I was unable to scan and upload?
Official Electronic Transcripts should be sent to:
Regular mail (USPS) should be sent to:
Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4018
Atlanta, GA 30302
In-person deliveries and courier packages (UPS, DHL, FedEx) should be sent to:
Office of Admission – Graduate Programs
Georgia State University – Sparks Hall, Room 325
33 Gilmer Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
The institute coordinates both graduate and undergraduate admissions. Students seeking an undergraduate degree will apply through university admissions and receive additional support from the central office.
Please allow 1 to 3 business days for a response to your inquiry.