Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Thomas Jefferson University

Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA
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January 15
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14 Departments and Programs
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Thomas Jefferson University's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees as well as a Postbaccalaureate Pre-Professional Program.

Thomas Jefferson University is an academic health center dedicated to health sciences education and research. TJU was originally founded as Jefferson Medical College, and has more living graduates than any other medical school in the country. Today, the university includes the Jefferson Medical College, the Jefferson College of Health Professions, and the Jefferson College of Graduate Studies.

The university also works in close partnership with the Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals to provide students with valuable hands-on experience and knowledge while providing excellent clinical care for patients in the Philadelphia area.

The Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (JGSBS) at Thomas Jefferson University offers students a chance to earn a Master of Scienceor,Doctor of Philosophy degree Master of Science programs are available in biomedical sciences, cell and developmental biology, microbiology, and pharmacology, and all master's degree programs require completion of a research thesis or capstone project.

Doctor of Philosophy programs are available in biochemistry and molecular phamacology, cell and developmental biology(with a track in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine), genetics,genomics and cancer biology, immunology and microbial pathogenesis, , and neuroscience.

Research at TJU is funded by roughly $140 million in external research grants and training support. Over 600 active research programs place an emphasis on rapidly developing areas of biomedical sciences, such as molecular and cellular biology. Graduates of the program often go on to become active researchers at academic institutions and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well taking academic and faculty appointments.

Jefferson Graduate Students Study and Actively Participate in Biomedcal Science Research

Thomas Jefferson University offers Ph.D. programs in 5 areas: biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, cell and developmental biology(track in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine) , genetics,genomics and cancer biology, immunology and microbial pathogenesis, and neuroscience.

The PhD Programs employ a multidisciplinary approach to train students in the rigors of experimental biomedical sciences and to prepare them for independent research careers. The curriculums are designed to convey the fundamentals of the biomedical sciences as well as the specifics of the chosen discipline. The education is reinforced at the bench in cutting-edge research laboratories. Students graduating from this program will have the comprehensive scientific foundation and technical expertise to excel in all areas of biomedical research.and education.

Master's degrees are also available in biomedical sciences, cell and developmental biology, microbiology, and pharmacology. Microbiology students may specialize in clinical microbiology, infection control, research and biotechnology, or the new specialization track on recognizing and controlling emerging diseases. Pharmacology students may likewise choose from five specializations, preparing for research positions, clinical trials, or even toxicology review.

The Postbaccalaureate Pre-Professional Program is designed for individuals seeking to complete their basic science requirements in preparation for entrance to medical and pharmacy schools. This program designed to offer educational and professional development in the health professions for academically competitive individuals with non-science undergraduate and graduate degrees - all within a supportive, collaborative and welcoming environment.

Jefferson Students Enjoy Flexibility in Choosing a Program, a Joint MD/PhD Option, and Graduate Certificate Programs.

Students at Thomas Jefferson University have a number of flexible options for their academic careers. Not all students know which medical specialty they will prefer when they first arrive at graduate school.

Students who wish to specialize in academic medicine and medical research may opt for the Joint MD/PhD program, which combines both theoretical and practical biomedical education and research. Students who do not wish to complete a laboratory-based research thesis may avail themselves of the new capstone option in biomedical sciences, cell and developmental biology, microbiology, and pharmacology, graduating with a master's degree without needing to produce a thesis.

Students may also opt for graduate certificate programs, Clinical Research and Trials, Human Clinical Investigation, and Infectious Disease Control. These programs allow students to earn academic credit at times convenient to practicing professionals and focused on growth areas in healthcare industries.

Graduate Students Compete for Fellowships Offering Tuition Waivers and Stipends; Loans and Work Study Also Available.

Jefferson students may receive federal loans, as well as loans from the university. Jefferson also participates in the Federal Work Study program, which allows subsidized part-time employment. A limited number of competitive Ph.D. fellowships are also available from the university, which provide a full tuition waiver, as well as an annual stipend.

Thomas Jefferson University Students Enjoy the Community and the Cultural and Culinary Resources of Philadelphia.

Thomas Jefferson University is located on 13 acres in the center of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Students can avail themselves of all the cultural benefits that Philadelphia has to offer, from attending concerts to volunteering to help explain exhibits at the Franklin Institute.

The Thomas Jefferson University Campus is located in the Theatre District, and is a quick cab ride from Fairmount Park, University City, Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field. Naturally, as a bustling city, Philadelphia also has its fair share of entertainment options, as well as dining that ranges from chic cafes to the famous Philly cheesesteak.

Students can receive discount tickets for many local amusements through the Student Activities Office, which also provides lots of free entertainment on campus. Students may attend workshops, performances, movie nights, and various social gatherings. On-campus housing lets students choose between one dormitory-style residence hall and two apartment-style residence halls.

Location & Contact

Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Thomas Jefferson University

Eleventh and Walnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

Dr. Gerald Grunwald


Phone: 215-503-4191
Fax: 215-503-6690

Marc Stearns

Director of Admissions

Phone: 215-503-0155
Fax: 215-503-3433

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biological And Biomedical Sciences Certificate
      Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 38
    • Doctoral Degrees 19
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 3
    • * 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? Yes
    • 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


25% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 627
    • Accepted 162
    • Acceptance Rate 25
    • Enrolled 94
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline June 1st Yes
    • Spring deadline September 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE or MCAT
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE or MCAT, minimum GPA of 3.2
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesSAT/ACT
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT

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 awardsMay 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students289
    • Female Percentage55%
    • Male Percentage45%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students289
    • Part-time Percentage38%
    • Full-time Percentage62%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian65%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian13%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown15%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty227
    • Full-time Percentage84%
    • Part-time Percentage16%
    • Female Percentage30%
    • Male Percentage70%