Admissions requirements for successful applicants to the IBSC graduate program

Applicants should have at least a bachelor’s degree. The minimum requirements for GRE (preferably higher since this program is very competitive) are verbal: 550; and quantitative: 700. Applicants whose native language is not English must achieve a TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper version) or 213 (computer version) or writing-18, speaking-18, listening-14, reading-19, total-77 (Internet version). Interest in the IBSC Ph.D. track by students with backgrounds in fields such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, biophysics, physics, computer science, and pharmaceutical sciences is anticipated and encouraged. Students interested in biomedical engineering who have undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering should apply directly to the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering

IBSC Graduate Admission Information

Admissions

Students interested in applying for the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences (IBSC) Ph.D. program must follow the instructions that follow for submitting the online Purdue University Graduate School application.

For domestic applicants:

  • Online application -
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    • If your undergraduate degree is in engineering, choose Biomedical Engineering as 'Major';
    • If your undergraduate degree is non-engineering, choose Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences as 'Major' (Ph.D. only)
  • $60 application fee paid online via credit card;
  • Resume or curriculum vita;
  • Statement of purpose;
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • Transcripts: *Beginning with Spring 2016* you must upload to the online application transcript(s) and/or academic document(s) for every institution of higher education you attended. The uploaded transcript and/or academic document must be from the official version of the document. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial. You will only need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records if you are admitted and choose to enroll.
  • Official GRE scores sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Purdue University institution code 1631;
  • Diversity essay for consideration for some fellowships/assistantships (Knox, Purdue Doctoral and George Washington Carver).
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  • If your undergraduate degree is in engineering, choose Biomedical Engineering as 'Major';
  • If your undergraduate degree is non-engineering, choose Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences as 'Major' (Ph.D. only)

For international applicants:

  • Online application -
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    • If your undergraduate degree is in engineering, choose Biomedical Engineering as 'Major';
    • If your undergraduate degree is non-engineering, choose Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences as 'Major' (Ph.D. only)
  • $75 application fee paid online via credit card;
  • Resume or curriculum vita;
  • Statement of purpose;
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • Transcripts: Same as above plus you must upload an English translation certified by the issuing college or university if the official transcript is not in English.;
  • Diplomas and certificates - upload copies plus English translations certified by the issuing college or university if the official diploma or certificate is not in English;
  • Official GRE scores sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Purdue University institution code 1631;
  • Official TOEFL scores sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Purdue University institution code 1631; or official IELTS score report.

You may check for outstanding application documents by logging into the Purdue Graduate School application website through which you applied and viewing your checklist.

These instructions supersede any others on application sheets, forms, or brochures. All records submitted by and on behalf of an applicant become the property of Purdue University and will not be returned.

Contact information:

Phone: 765-494-7054
Fax: 765-494-1193
Email: WeldonBMEGrad@purdue.edu

Fall Admission Deadline:

December 15

Application deadline for the subsequent fall semester. The online application must be submitted appropriately, application fee paid, and all required documents and information received in the Graduate Programs Office no later than this date in order for the application to be given priority consideration for admission and financial support.

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