Application Overview

The Program in Biomedical Sciences offers you the flexibility and convenience of applying to any of our participating programs through one application. We welcome applications each year from September through December 1.

Although PIBS is a highly selective program, every application is carefully reviewed and evaluated. We work diligently to put together a motivated, diverse, and academically strong class of incoming students every year.

Strong candidates will possess:

  • Extensive research experience in a laboratory setting, including published abstracts or papers
  • Strong letters of recommendation from lab mentors
  • Motivation to pursue research in a resource-rich, interdisciplinary environment
  • An excellent academic record

Application Deadline

All applicants must apply to PIBS through the Rackham Graduate School. You need only submit one application to be considered for any of the 14 participating Ph.D. programs. The application deadline for 2017 admission is December 1, 2016 (11:59 p.m. EST).

Application Requirements

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

U.S. citizen and permanent resident applicants must:

  • Select two Ph.D. program/department choices, in rank order. On the 'Program Selection' page of the application, click on 'Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS)' and select your primary program. You will have an opportunity to select your second program choice on the 'Program-Specific Information' page. These choices are not binding and will only be used for assignment of your application for review.
  • Provide a Statement of Purpose that describes your research background, your career goals, and how Michigan's graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives. A detailed description of your research experience is strongly recommended. Please limit your Statement of Purpose to two pages.
  • Submit a Personal Statement that describes how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. Describe any major obstacles that you had to overcome to achieve your goals. Please limit your Personal Statement to 500 words.
  • Solicit three letters of recommendation from research mentors or professors who can evaluate your academic and scientific potential. These letters must be sent electronically. As you complete the Rackham Graduate School application, you will have the opportunity to electronically send invitations to professors/mentors to submit letters of recommendation. It is highly recommended that you use the online recommender system. If your recommenders are unable to use this system, you should contact PIBS (pibs@umich.edu) immediately for further instructions.
  • Provide GRE scores. Subject GRE scores are not required. [Institution Code 1839. Department code is not needed.]
  • Upload an electronic transcript (can be unofficial scanned version) directly into the online application by the December 1 deadline. You only need to upload transcripts from post-secondary institutions that will result in a degree. Then, as soon as possible, submit an official transcript for any degrees earned or in progress to Rackham Admissions (not to PIBS). Please refer to Rackham’s instructions on uploading and mailing transcripts.

NOTE: PIBS does not accept hard copies of any application materials. All materials must be submitted electronically.

Language Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and may need to take an exam such as the TOEFL. Rackham Graduate School offers a full explanation of this requirement.

Application Fees

$75 per application. 
Some applicants may be eligible for a waiver. Please visit the Rackham Graduate School website for more information on fee waivers and grants.

The University of Michigan is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp. To receive a BTAA fee waiver, students must meet either of the following criteria:

  • Participation in a Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) with a 3.0 or higher GPA

OR

  • Non-SROP participants with a 3.5 or higher GPA

For more information and to request a graduate application fee waiver, please visit their website.

International / Non-U.S. Citizen Applicants

Please note: Admission to PIBS is extremely competitive. PIBS accepts only 5% or less of the international applications received each year. In addition, not all programs accept international students.

The following programs do not accept international applicants through PIBS:

  • Biological Chemistry
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cellular & Molecular Biology
  • Immunology
  • Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

Microbiology & Immunology and Pharmacology will accept applications from international students only if they are currently undergraduate or graduate students in the U.S. with an F1 visa.

International / non-U.S. citizen applicants must:

  • Select two Ph.D. program/department choices in rank order (please note restrictions above on programs not accepting international applications). On the 'Program Selection' page of the application, click on 'Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS)' and select your primary program. You will have an opportunity to select your second program choice on the 'Program-Specific Information' page. These choices are not binding but will be used to determine which programs review your application.
  • Provide a Statement of Purpose that describes your research background, your career goals, and how Michigan's graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives. A detailed description of your research experience is strongly recommended. Please limit your Statement of Purpose to two pages.
  • Submit a Personal Statement that describes how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. Describe any major obstacles that you had to overcome to achieve your goals. Please limit your Personal Statement to 500 words.
  • Solicit three letters of recommendation from research mentors or professors who can evaluate your academic and scientific potential. These letters must be sent electronically. As you complete the Rackham Graduate School application, you will have the opportunity to send electronic invitations to professors/mentors to submit letters of recommendation. It is highly recommended that you use the online recommender system. If your recommenders are unable to use this system, you should contact PIBS (pibs@umich.edu) immediately for further instructions.
  • Provide GRE scores. Subject GRE scores are not required. [Institution Code 1839. Department code is not needed.]
  • Upload an electronic transcript (can be unofficial scanned version) directly into the online application by the December 1 deadline. You only need to upload transcripts from post-secondary institutions that will result in a degree. Then, as soon as possible, submit an official transcript for any degrees earned or in progress to Rackham Admissions (not to PIBS). Please refer to Rackham’s instructions on uploading and mailing transcripts.

NOTE: PIBS does not accept hard copies of your materials. All materials must be submitted electronically.

Language Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and may need to take an exam such as the TOEFL. Rackham Graduate School offers a full explanation of this requirement.

Application Fees

$90 per application.

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For any remaining questions, please call 734-647-7005 or email PIBS.