Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs

Biomedical Sciences Masters

Application instructions for Summer 2019 will be updated here by September 2018.

For questions about this specific program, contact William Orta at mibs@miami.edu or 305-243-3368.


In order to be admitted to the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MiBS) at the University of Miami, a student must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and sufficient undergraduate coursework in the areas of biological sciences, physical sciences, medicine, agricultural sciences, or chemical sciences. Individuals with industrial work experience and prospective medical students who wish to earn a Master’s degree before applying to medical school are highly encouraged to apply for this program. Students with majors in the arts or humanities are also welcome, as long as they have taken some of the prerequisite science courses.

Course requirements mirror the prerequisites for applicants to UM’s Miller School of Medicine.

Competitive candidates will have the following:

  • Excellent academic record (minimum overall cumulative GPA = 3.0)
  • Competitive MCAT or GRE exam scores (the MCAT is required for students entering the medical track and strongly encouraged for other tracks)
  • Strong letters of recommendation
  • Motivation to pursue state-of-the-art biomedical research or a career in medicine

Application Timeline

May 15thPriority deadline for all applicants

Please notify mibs@miami.edu if your MCAT score release date is after May 22nd.

Online Application

AHCAS Centralized Application Service welcomes applicants to use a single online application and one set of materials to apply to multiple biomedical science programs at participating schools. All applicants to our MS in Biomedical Science must apply online through AHCAS.

Application Fee

AHCAS charges $95 for the first program you apply to and $40 for each additional program. Please note that application fees are non-refundable.

US and Canadian Transcripts

ALL official academic records including degree and certificate programs, English language programs, and incomplete coursework / degrees from all previously attended colleges and universities must be sent directly from each institution. Note that applicants with Canadian transcripts using French grading systems should follow the international transcript instructions below.

Electronic transcripts are accepted from schools that participate in Credentials Solutions. Click here to check if your school participates with this service. If your school does participate, click here to request your electronic transcripts be sent to AHCAS.

Paper Transcripts should be mailed to:
AHCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9127
Watertown, MA 02471

International Transcripts

Applicants who have attended institutions outside of the US and Canada are required to submit all official transcripts, mark sheets and a photocopy of their diploma(s) (with English translation when applicable). All post-secondary / university transcripts must be accompanied by a course-by-course transcript evaluation from the World Education Service (Select ICAP Report).

Official documents must be received before applications are reviewed.

Transcripts should be mailed from the evaluation service directly to:
AHCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9127
Watertown, MA 02471

GRE General Test / MCAT Scores

Applicants are required to submit GRE general exam or MCAT scores (the MCAT is required for the medical track and strongly encouraged for other tracks).

If you have completed the GRE or MCAT exam(s) already, you may enter your unofficial score(s) in your online application while waiting for the official scores to be delivered.
Please indicate your expected test date on the application.

Submit your Official GRE Scores. Request that your score be sent electronically to University of Miami, institution code 5815.

To submit your Official MCAT Scores, you must log into your AMCAS account. Navigate to the “My Reports” drop-down menu and select “Print Score Report”. This report includes a verification code that you (and anyone you send the report to) can use to verify the report’s authenticity. Anyone with the verification code can securely retrieve a copy of that report via the Web. Email your score report to mibs@miami.edu.

English Proficiency Exams

International students whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. This requirement is waived for applicants who have successfully completed 30 consecutive credits at the university level where English was the language of instruction or those who have passed the USMLEs. Test scores must be less than two years old.

TOEFL: When registering for the test, please request that your score be sent to University of Miami, institution code 5815. The minimum score is 80.

IELTS: When registering for the test, please request that your score be sent to University of Miami, institution code 4862. The minimum score is 6.5.

Statement of Purpose and Objectives

Your personal essay is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a narrative discussing your past education, experience, and current professional career objectives. Your statement of purpose should describe your:

  • Reasons for interest in your application degree
  • Your specific area(s) of research/professional interest in your application degree
  • Career goals including how you hope to contribute to biomedical research
  • Reasons for interest in the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine

Research and Shadowing Experience

Applicants must enter all their shadowing and research experiences in the “Experiences” section of the online application.

All applicants must submit a complete, up-to-date resume / CV that includes all employment, shadowing, research experience, community service, education and academic or professional honors. Be sure to detail all experience related to the discipline you are applying to including research experience, training, education or other related qualifications with bulleted summaries. You will be asked to upload a PDF of your resume in the “Program Materials” section of your application.

Additionally, in the “Program Questions” section, applicants are asked to discuss their most significant shadowing and research experience.

Letters of Recommendation

All applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation from those who are best able to assess your ability to be successful in a graduate degree program. Ideally, your recommenders are university faculty or employers in a related research or scientific field. Applicants should request that their recommender write a letter that is specific to the discipline for which they are applying. Form letters and recommendations written for medical school applications contribute little to your application and are strongly discouraged.

You will be asked for your recommenders’ contact information in AHCAS. They will be sent an online form to complete via email. Applicants must submit a minimum of three to a maximum of five recommendations.


After initial committee review of complete applications, select applicants will be invited for Skype interviews.