Division of Graduate Medical Sciences Boston University

Division of Graduate Medical Sciences Boston University

Boston, MA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 31
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
28 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


School Overview

The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine is a recognized leader in research and graduate education in the biomedical sciences. The school has about 900 graduate students from 40 states and 12 countries. The division offers 3 pathways for students to pursue their academic and professional goals. The first pathway, "Professional Masters," is a distinct group of medical and health-related programs to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce or for further graduate study. The programs include "Bioimaging," "Biomedical Forensic Sciences," "Clinical Investigation," "Forensic Anthropology," "Genetic Counseling," "Healthcare Emergency Management," "Medical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practice," "Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine," and "Nutrition and Metabolism."

The second pathway, "MS in Medical Sciences" and "MS in Oral Health Sciences (OHS)," introduces students to a broad range of topics in the medical and oral health sciences while strengthening academic credentials for admission to medical, dental, or professional schools.

The final pathway, "PhD Programs," provides 4 options for PhD study. The first is the Program in Biomedical Sciences, also known as "PiBS", is an interdisciplinary PhD program which integrates the foundations of biomedical research with focused investigation and preparation for career advancement. The second option is department-based PhD programs, in which students focus on a particular scientific disciplines. The third option is a university-wide PhD program in Neuroscience that unites graduate training faculty members from Boston University's 2 campuses. Finally, the MD-PhD program balances both clinical and scientific training to develop exceptional physician scientists.

Professionalism, Career Development, and Mentorship

All PhD students will have the unique opportunity to participate in a dynamic professionalism and mentoring program. Students build professional networks with faculty members who have significant research and publication experience, and who can assist with career development. The new Alumni Mentoring Program provides students with outside career guidance from areas such as academia, biotechnology, industry, government, administration, intellectual property, and research compliance.

Graduate Medical Sciences Student Organization (GMSSO)

GMSSO is the student-led organization that supports the large and diverse student body through social activities as well as campus-wide and community based social action initiatives. The GMSSO brings students together from all departments and programs within the graduate division, to share ideas and address concerns with a common voice.


Boston, a "walkable" city, is known for great science, sports and arts, lots of green spaces, and major employers in "MEDS" (healthcare) and "EDS" (colleges). The city has a population of 600,000 and approximately 250,000 are students. Living in Boston is another exciting part of being a student in GMS.

Professional Master's Degrees

- Anatomy and Neurobiology-Vesalius Program (MS)

- Bioimaging (MS)

- Biomedical Forensic Sciences (MS)

- Clinical Investigation (MS)

- Forensic Anthropology (MS)

- Genetic Counseling (MS)

- Healthcare Emergency Management (MS)

- Medical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practice (MS)

- Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine (MA)

- Medical Sciences (MS)

- Nutrition and Metabolism (MS)

- Oral Health Sciences (MS)

PhD Program in Biomedical Science (PIBS)

The following programs participate in the interdisciplinary program called the PiBS.

- Biochemistry (PhD/MD-PhD)

- Biophysics (PhD/MD-PhD)

- Genetics and Genomics (PhD/MD-PhD)

- Immunology Training Program (PhD/MD-PhD)

- Microbiology (PhD/MD-PhD)

- Molecular Medicine (PhD/MD-PhD)

- Nutrition and Metabolism (PhD/MD-PhD)

- Oral Biology

-Pathology & Laboratory (PhD/MD-PhD)

- Physiology (PhD/MD-PhD)

Department-Based and University-Wide PhD Programs

- Anatomy & Neurobiology

- Behavioral Neuroscience

- Graduate Program for Neuroscience

- Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics

Location & Contact

Division of Graduate Medical Sciences

Boston University

72 East Concord Street, L-315
Boston, MA 02118
United States

Dr. Linda Hyman

Associate Provost

Phone: 617-638-5255
Fax: 617-638-5740

GMS Admissions Office

Phone: 617-638-5255
Fax: 617-638-5740
Email: natashah@bu.edu

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)
      Doctor of Medicine/Master of Business Administration (MD/MBA)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Arts/Master of Arts (MA/MA)
      Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts (MBA/MA)
      Master of Public Health/Master of Arts (MPH/MA)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 299
    • Doctoral Degrees 51
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


33% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 2,333
    • Accepted 775
    • Acceptance Rate 33
    • Enrolled 364
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 31st January 31st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 15th October 15th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, MCAT
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, IELTS recommended

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFederal Work-Study, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students935
    • Female Percentage59%
    • Male Percentage41%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students935
    • Part-time Percentage10%
    • Full-time Percentage90%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian58%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian18%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown10%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty1,537
    • Full-time Percentage66%
    • Part-time Percentage34%
    • Female Percentage44%
    • Male Percentage56%