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Boston University

Division of Graduate Medical Sciences

Boston, MA


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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 approximately 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", "Biomedical Research Technologies", "Clinical Investigation", "Forensic Anthropology", "Genetic Counseling", "Healthcare Emergency Management", "Health Sciences Education", "Medical Anthropology & Cross-Cultural Practice", "Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine", "Nutrition & Metabolism", "Pathology Laboratory Sciences" and "Physiology & Biophysics."

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 its rich history, 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)

- Biomedical Research Technologies (MS)

- Clinical Investigation (MS & Certificate)

- Forensic Anthropology (MS)

- Genetic Counseling (MS)

- Healthcare Emergency Management (MS)

- Health Sciences Education (MS & Certificate)

- 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)

- Pathology Laboratory Sciences (MS)

- Physiology & Biophysics (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 & Genomics (PhD/MD-PhD)

- Immunology Training Program (PhD/MD-PhD)

- Microbiology (PhD/MD-PhD)

- Molecular & Translational Medicine (PhD/MD-PhD)

- Nutrition & 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

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)
Doctor of Medicine/Master of Business Administration (MD/MBA)
Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Science (MS)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Science/Master of Public Health (MS/MPH)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 367
Doctoral Degrees 54

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

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE, MCAT
Thesis Required for some
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required
Qualifying exam



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 31st January 31st No
Spring deadline October 15th October 15th No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE, MCAT
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required
IELTS: Recommended

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 7.87%
Black or African American 4.41%
White or Caucasian 47%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.21%
Asian 17%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 3.04%
Unknown 9.86%


Male (41%)
Female (58%)

Location & Contact

Address 72 East Concord Street, L-315
Boston, MA  02118
United States
Contact Dr. Linda Hyman
Associate Provost
Phone: 617-638-5255
Fax: 617-638-5740