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Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program: Preliminary Application

Thank you for your interest in Iowa State University and

the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

We'd like to find out about your accomplishments, your research interests, and your goals in order to better match students who are a good fit with departmental accomplishments, research interests, and goals.  By providing us with some basic information, we can help guide you through the formal application process or save you the effort and expense if your background proves to not be a good fit for the department.

For full consideration to a BMS graduate program, the minimum criteria are:

  • GPA 3.0 / 4.0
  • GRE Verbal - 150; Quantitative - 150; Analytical Writing - 3.0 (3.5 for PhD candidates)
  • MCAT/DAT/OAT/PCAT scores may replace GRE (one-year non-thesis MS candidates only)
  • TOEFL scores for non-native speakers of English - iBT of 79 or higher*

* ISU Graduate College has additional criteria for English testing http://apling.public.iastate.edu/eptfaq.html 


Deadlines for formal applications for Fall 2015:

February 1, 2015 (January 15th for Preliminary Application) for MS/PhD students who will be seeking assistantships. Please note that funding for MS candidates is extremely limited.

May 1, 2015 (April 15th for Preliminary Application) for one-year non-thesis MS candidates.

All the information submitted in this form is completely confidential and will be used exclusively for our department's review process.  We will not sell or otherwise distribute your personal information.

If you have questions or encounter problems, please contact: 

Director of Graduate Education
Department of Biomedical Sciences,
Dr. Richard Martin


Prelimimary Application Form

(Family Name)

(We will only use this information to contact you with our decision on your application.)

(Home Country)

(If you have not yet graduated, please list your expected graduation date.)

(If you have not yet graduated, please list your expected graduation date.)

(You may select more than one.)

(We will accept professional school exam scores instead, please write your scores in the "Other" box.)

(subject test scores, MCAT scores, etc)

(click here to see the Faculty Research Interests List)

When an applicant is admitted to a graduate program, large monetary and time obligations are accepted by a department. It is in the best interest of the university, therefore, to accept qualified candidates who honestly intend to complete a graduate program. To achieve this very important goal we would like your formal expression of intent to complete an advanced degree in this department, should we admit you as a graduate student. Frequently, we receive applications from individuals who view graduate study as an interim occupation while attempting admission to the professional curriculum in veterinary medicine. Past experience has been that some of these individuals irrevocably terminate their graduate program if they are admitted to the professional curriculum. Please indicate your intent by marking the appropriate option below. (Note that this action may affect the evaluation of your graduate application.)