Requirements and Procedures for Applying and Selection

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent with at least a 3.0 GPA is required for admission.
  • The most appropriate preparation is an undergraduate concentration in biology (molecular and cellular biology or physiology), chemistry (organic, analytical, or physical chemistry), biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, forensics, animal, or environmental sciences.
  • Applicants are expected to have completed courses in calculus and physics.
  • Only online applications through the graduate school will be reviewed.
  • Selection is made on the basis of previous academic work, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and scores on the GRE General Test. Certain students may be eligible for a waiver of the GRE Scores as part of their application (see below).
  • TOEFL scores are required of students from countries in which English is not the native language.
  • Former Rutgers SURF and RiSE summer students are not required to pay the application fee (select the ‘RiSE’ Exemption in the application portal).

admissionsRecommendations for Applying

  • Students are strongly encouraged to demonstrate research experience in their personal statement and letters of recommendation.
  • Students are encouraged to have taken or plan to take undergraduate-level biochemistry and physiology courses.

Preparing a Competitive Application

GRE Waivers

The following students do not need to include GRE scores in their application:

  • Rutgers University students currently enrolled in the PharmD program and applying for the PharmD/PhD program.
  • Rutgers University students who have at least a 3.2 GPA in their major, are applying for a M.S. degree, and are applying within 2 years of completing their B.S. degree
  • Applicants with a M.S. degree in a closely related field from a U.S. institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction and a GPA of at least 3.2
  • Applicants who have an advanced degree (PharmD, MD, DO, DVM) from the US.
  • Applicants can use MCAT scores instead of GRE scores.

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