Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences (BS75)

The Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Program is dedicated to training the next generation of biomedical scientists in a collaborative, inclusive, and multidisciplinary environment. Students may choose from among 12 Training Areas (Genetics & Genomics, Molecular Pharmacology, Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology, Immunology, Microbiome & Microbial Sciences, Stem Cell Biology, Structural & Chemical Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences & Drug Development, Neurobiology of Disease,Physiology & Endocrinology, Computational & Integrative Biology) , four specialized Cross-Disciplinary Training Centers (Glycobiology, Anthropogeny, Quantitative Biology, Multi-Scale Biology), or choose to develop an individualized training plan with their mentors.

Program Info

Area of Study Health Sciences

Anthropogeny; Cancer Biology; Computational and Integrative Biology; Genetics and Genomics; Glycobiology; Immunology; Microbiome and Micbrobial Sciences; Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology; Molecular Pharmacology; Multi-Scale Biology; Neurobiology of Disease; Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Development; Physiology and Endocrinology; Quantitative Biology; Stem Cell Biology; Structural and Chemical Biology

Department Biomedical Sciences
Major Biomedical Sciences
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines December 2, 2020 (Fall 2021)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests
As of 2018, applicants are no longer required to submit scores for either the GRE General or Subject Tests. Applicants can optionally submit scores for the GRE General Test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections) and/or an applicable GRE Subject Test (Biology, Biochemistry (discontinued December 2016), or Chemistry). To ensure receipt of GRE scores by the November 26th deadline, applicants should plan to take the test no later than October. Students may have scores sent directly to UCSD by designating GRE school code #4836, department code 5199 on their test registration form.
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose


Accepts only the online Statement of Purpose: 3000 word limit

Include responses to the following as part of your statement:

  1. Summarize the long term goals of research in which you participated.
  2. Describe one research problem, project or area for graduate study that excites you. Have you thought about what you want to accomplish in graduate school and how is UC San Diego a good match for these goals?
  3. Resume/CV


    Contact Info

    Campus Office Biomedical Sciences Building Room 5008
    Phone (858) 534-3982
    Mailing Address
    University of California, San Diego
    Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program
    9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0685
    La Jolla, California 92093-0685