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RU/UMDNJ Integration

About the Rutgers-UMDNJ Integration The Graduate School Of Biomedical Sciences will be transferred to Rutgers, effective July 1, 2013. As a result of this integration, you will see changes to this website. Learn more about the Rutgers-UMDNJ Integration.

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences





Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ
  • Which program should I choose?
  • Who can I contact for information?
  • What is involved in a Ph.D. program?
  • How long will it take to complete the Ph.D. program?
  • Do you offer master's degree programs?

  • Are fellowships available?
  • Are fellowships taxable?

  • What are the requirements for admission?
  • How do I apply?
  • Will you evaluate photocopies of official documents?
  • Do you accept students for part-time study?
  • Do you accept non-degree students?
  • What if I have a handicap?
  • What are the minimum GRE scores and GPA for admission?
  • What is important for the Personal Statement?

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    Which program should I choose?
    The Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has two Campuses, each with its own unique characteristics and program structure. The most important factor in choosing the Division and program should be how well it fits your particular interests, academic background and career goals. Review the programs at each Division and the research interests of the faculty. Contact the graduate school office for specific questions and prerequisites for the program. There are usually subject areas and skills that you are expected to have learned as an undergraduate. For example, some programs may require a background in physical chemistry. If possible, meet with faculty and students in the program that interests you. If that is not possible, address your questions to the program via e-mail.

    Newark Campus:
    Office of Admissions
    185 South Orange Ave., MSB C-696
    Newark, NJ 07103
    tel: (973) 972-4511
    email: gsbsnadm@gsbs.rutgers.edu

    Piscataway/New Brunswick Campus:
    Office of Admissions
    675 Hoes Lane, Room R-102
    Piscataway, NJ 08854-5635
    tel: (732) 235-5016
    email: gsbspisc@gsbs.rutgers.edu

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    What is involved in a Ph.D. program?
    Doctoral programs vary, but in general they share certain common features. Most programs involve about two years of course work at the beginning of the program. During this phase, the students also rotate through faculty research laboratories and attend research seminars. Following the course work (or at the end of the first year of core courses in some programs), students take a qualifying examination to determine whether they have sufficient understanding of what they have learned to enter the research phase of their studies. Students must have at least a B academic average to take the qualifying examination and continue in the program.

    Prior to beginning the dissertation research, the student will select a mentor with whom to work and will write a research proposal. The mentor, along with an advisory committee, will guide the student through the research phase. At the completion of the research project, the student will write a dissertation describing the work and will defend it publicly.

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    How long will it take to complete the Ph.D. program?
    Doctoral programs generally require about two years of course work followed by two to three years of laboratory research. The length of the research portion will depend on a variety of factors, such as the time it takes to learn new techniques, the complexity of the project, how much effort is put into the project and the success of obtaining appropriate data. Prior research experience and graduate course work may decrease the time to complete the program.

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    Do you offer master's degree programs?
    Most programs at the GSBS do not accept students for the master's degree. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers a separate multidisciplinary master's degree program in Biomedical Sciences. The M.S. degree programs generally take about two years to complete. For more detailed information, see the information for the specific GSBS Division.

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    Are Fellowships available?
    Yes. Students accepted into doctoral (Ph.D.) programs at GSBS receive a stipend, tuition waiver, and student health insurance. The stipend level may vary by program, however, the current stipend is $29,605 for most programs. See the specific GSBS Division website for details.

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    Essential/Technical Requirements for Admission
    Technical Standards refer to non-academic requirements that are essential for meeting the academic requirements of the program. Within any area of specialization, students must demonstrate competence in those intellectual and physical tasks that together represent the fundamentals of biomedical research in their chosen discipline.

    The Ph.D. programs at the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences require a laboratory-based research dissertation. Granting of this degree implies that the recipient has demonstrated a base of knowledge in the field and the ability to independently apply that knowledge to solve a particular problem by forming hypotheses, designing and conducting experiments, interpreting the experimental results, and communicating the results and their interpretation to the scientific community. Thus, a doctoral candidate must possess abilities and skills that allow for observation, intellectual and conceptual reasoning, motor coordination, and communication. The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable in many situations in that a candidate's judgment will be based on someone else's power of selection and observation.

  • Observation
    The candidate must be able to acquire knowledge by direct observation of demonstrations, experiments, and experiences within the laboratory and instructional setting. Examples are physiological or pharmacological responses in animals, studies of microbiological cultures and organisms, identification of normal and abnormal cells or tissues through a microscope, and interpretation of results obtained on various instrumentation.

  • Intellectual/Conceptual Abilities
    The candidate must be able to measure, calculate, analyze, reason, integrate and synthesize information to solve problems.

  • Motor Skills
    The candidate must possess motor skills necessary to perform procedures required for experimentation within the chosen discipline. These skills may include, but are not limited to, surgery in animals, handling of animals, transfer of microorganisms to various mediums, preparing chemical and often toxic materials and solutions, preparation of anatomical specimens for microscopic examination, manipulating electronic and other complex equipment. Such actions require coordination of muscular movements and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.

  • Communication
    The candidate must be able to communicate and discuss his or her experimental hypotheses and results to the scientific community, both in scientific journals or directly at scientific meetings, seminars, or in the laboratory to the research team.

  • Behavioral and Social Attributes
    The candidate must possess the emotional and mental health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of responsibilities inherent in managing a scientific laboratory, the ability to function under the stress inherent in biomedical research, and the ability to understand and comply with ethical standards for the conduct of research.

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    How do I apply?
    See the specific GSBS Division website for details on how to apply to GSBS.
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    Will you evaluate photocopies of official documents?
    Yes. We will evaluate photocopies of official transcripts and test scores, but official documents will be required prior to registration. The latter must be sent by the examining organization (e.g., ETS) or the university from which you are submitting the transcript.

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    Do you accept students for part - time study?
    Sometimes. Prospective students who initially are unable to devote full time to graduate study may apply for matriculation as part-time students. Entrance requirements for such applicants are identical to those of full-time, matriculated students. Part-time matriculated students must register for at least six credits per semester and must maintain the same academic standards required of full-time students. Doctoral students must be enrolled full-time for at least one year following the Qualifying Examination.

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    Do you accept non-degree students?
    On a limited basis. Students with baccalaureate degrees may request permission to enroll in a limited number of courses as non-matriculated students. Permission to take courses is contingent upon fulfillment of the specific course prerequisites and availability of facilities to accommodate the applicant. Preference is given to teachers or professional workers in neighboring industries and hospitals who are seeking to further their knowledge of biomedical sciences or striving to advance their careers through continuing education. Foreign applicants outside the USA are not eligible for non-matriculated status. Requirements for admission are the same as those for matriculated status except that GRE scores are not necessary. Acceptance is granted for one year; students must request permission to take additional courses in future years. Non-matriculated students may take a maximum of 10-15 credits.

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    What if I have a handicap?
    Rutgers policy provides that no program or activity administered by the University shall exclude from participation, admission, treatment or employment, or deny benefits to, or subject to discrimination any qualified individual solely by reason of his or her physical handicap. Qualified individuals are those persons who, with reasonable accommodation, are capable of performing the essential function of the position in question in accordance with University policy, applicable laws and regulations. Certain skills and abilities generally are necessary for completion of the program, as described under the section Essential/Technical Requirements for Admission.

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    What are the minimum GRE scores and GPA for admission?
    In general, we look for at least a B undergraduate average, but the overall record is of primary importance. Individual programs may be interested in how an applicant did in specific courses, whether the undergraduate background course work was adequate for the program, and whether the applicant showed a pattern of improvement during undergraduate study. There is no specific cut-off for the GRE. Although we look for above average scores, results of the GRE are placed in context with the overall record.

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    What is important for the Personal Statement?
    The Statement of Purpose gives the faculty and admissions committee the opportunity to see you as an individual. They are interested in your motivation to pursue the degree, the reasons for your choice of program, your intellectual skills, writing ability, understanding of what will be required to complete the program, and suitability for their particular program. Prior research experience is a valuable asset and should be discussed. Other types of work experience also may be of significance. Grades and scores on standardized tests are only two of the many factors that are considered by an admissions committee. Ultimately, you and the program must work as a team for several years, and it is important that you fit well together.

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