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Frequently Asked Questions

When applying, may I select a second track of interest?

No. At this time we only allow applicants to apply to one primary track of interest.

What information should I include in my personal statement?

Use this outline to prepare your personal statement:

  • List your prior research experience in chronological order, indicating the role you played in each project. Include copies of abstracts and manuscripts published or in press. (Note: Upload your manuscript or abstract documents in the section provided.)
  • Indicate which has been your most satisfying research project and why it was satisfying to you.
  • Summarize your current scientific interests and career goals.
  • Specifically answer the question, "Why do you want to be a biomedical scientist?"

Your personal statement should be two to four pages if single-spaced or three to five pages if double-spaced.

I have a resume or CV (or both) that I would like to include with my application. Where do I add this to my application?

You may upload your CV/resume in the online application. 

Are official transcripts needed for my application?

No. Unofficial transcripts are requested for your application. Upload unofficial transcripts in the area provided in the online application.

May my recommenders send you a hard copy of the letter rather than use the online system?

No. All letters must be submitted via the online application by the recommender.

May I submit letters of recommendation through other online tools?

No. All letters must be submitted via the online application by the recommender.

I have been out of school for several years, and there is no one left who can write an academic recommendation for me. May my employer write one?

The purpose of submitting letters of recommendation is to give the admissions faculty an indication of your ability to do scholarly research. It’s recommended that current or former professors in your major-field courses and previous research area be asked by you to submit your recommendations, as they would have the best idea of your research potential.

What if I want to send more than the required number (three) of letters of recommendation?

Only three letters of recommendation are allowed for submission.

Will you consider a copy of my GRE score for application review?

To be fair to all applicants, we do not allow submission of the GRE score.

I am a foreign student. Is a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required, or are there exceptions?

Proof of English language proficiency is an application requirement for the Ph.D. Program that must be satisfied in one of six ways — TOEFL is only one of them. Please see our Admissions Overview page under Technical Standards for more details on the approved ways to attest to English proficiency.

Additional clarifications on exceptions include:

  • In process of completing a degree from an English-speaking institution. If you are in the process of earning a degree from an institution where the primary language of instruction is English and that is in an English-speaking country, such as Canada or the U.K., and will have two or more years of instruction, you do not need to submit a TOEFL score. However, you must earn the degree before you enroll at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Will you consider a copy of my TOEFL score for application review?

Yes. For application review, you can upload a copy of your scores. Should you receive an appointment, you will be required to submit an official score sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Scores will need to be current.

I have publication(s) and would like to include them with my application for review. How can I submit them?

Upload the first two pages of each publication, which should contain the abstract and introduction section. Should the admissions committee like additional information regarding your publication, you will be contacted directly. Be sure the name of the publication and your name are listed.

I have poster presentation award certificates. How can I include them for consideration?

Combine any poster presentation award certificate information with your publication document and upload it as one document. If the document is too large to upload, condense the information in a Word document in outline format.

If I meet the required deadlines, when can I expect to receive a decision?

Please exercise patience while waiting for your admission decision. You will be notified via email about the status of your application as it becomes confirmed.