How to Apply to Graduate School
Admissions & Application Information
At the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, we maintain a close-knit community and take pride in our students. Our school offers a wide variety of health science research opportunities, access to state-of-the-art facilities, and several student-run associations. Here, we're finding tomorrow's cures with today's biotech technology. Using the links below, you can learn more about the admissions process, register to attend an admissions event, or speak with an admissions advisor today. Ready to start learning from our premier and accomplished faculty? Eager to uncover new knowledge through biomedical research that revolutionizes medicines and patient care? Click on "Apply Now" to start your path to medical discovery.
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences utilizes an application system to process applications. This application system can be accessed at BioRaider.com or via the Apply Online link below. Additionally, you may see reference to the application site as simply BioRaider.com.
If you are applying to the Public Health program, please click here.
As a note, applications open for submission on September 1.
|Program||Program Start||Deadline*||Campus Location(s)|
|Biomedical Sciences PhD||Fall 2023||March 1||Lubbock|
|Early Decision Deadline||December 1|
|Biotechnology MS||Fall 2023||June 10||Abilene
|GMES MS||Fall 2023||March 1||Lubbock|
|Pharmaceutical Sciences MS||Fall 2023||March 15||Amarillo|
|Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD||Fall 2023||March 1||Abilene
|Early Decision Deadline||December 1||Abilene
- I no longer have access to the e-mail account used to create my BioRaider.com account
and admission application.
- Log into BioRaider.com, select "My Account," and then select "Update Profile." You will be able to update your e-mail address on this screen.
- Why did I receive an e-mail from Texas Tech Undergraduate Admissions?
- You may have selected an incorrect program of interest. Log into BioRaider.com, select "My Account," and then ensure that your programs of interest are correct. If they are incorrect, send an e-mail to email@example.com to update them.
- What is RaiderConnect?
- RaiderConnect is the account and application system for Texas Tech University undergraduate admissions. The correct account and application system for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences can be found at BioRaider.com.
- Why am I getting the error message, "One or more fields are required; please fix before
- The most common cause for this error is a blank zip code field. Double check to ensure you've entered the zip code correctly.
- If you are an international applicant, ensure that the box for international address is selected, and enter "NA" in the zip code field.
- Why is the Foreign Address line limited to 75 characters?
- Our Student Information System imposes this limit, including spaces.
- What should I do if I can't find my college(s)?
- Do not include "city" in your search terms. For example, if your school is in the US, select only the country and state.
- If after searching you are unable to find your school, select "The organization is not listed." You may then click on the box next to "Unlisted School" and manually enter your school information.
- If you attended an international institution, you will likely need to select "Unlisted School" and manually enter your school information.
- Why are there strange characters inserted in my essay?
- You may have used special symbols, Greek letters, superscripts, or subscripts. These will not be read correctly by the application system. Additionally, pasting directly from Microsoft Word or other word processing programs may insert formatting codes into the text box. The best way to ensure that the text looks just like you intended is to copy and paste from a simple text editor.
- My essay/statement of purpose is longer than 3000 characters, can I submit it manually?
- The essay is limited to 3000 characters, including spaces. If your essay is longer, you will need to edit it for length and submit it within the application. Essays mailed or e-mailed will not be considered.
- What is the application deadline?
- Application deadlines can be found at the bottom of this page.
- I can't submit my materials by the deadline; can I have an extension?
- Applications and supplemental items must be received by the deadline to be considered complete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to extend application deadlines or make exceptions.
- ETS Institution Code: 6851
- Graduate Medical Sciences M.S. will accept MCAT in lieu of GRE. To request MCAT in lieu of GRE, Email the Graduate School and include your AAMC ID and AAMC Verification Code. The Verification Code is on the MCAT display score report, and comprises four sets of numbers and letters. For example: A1B2-C3D4-E5F6-G7H8.
- Graduate Medical Education Sciences M.S. highly recommends applications submitting a GRE also submit the GRE Biology Subject Test.
IELTS/TOEFL Scores - Required for international applicants.
- Minimum acceptable scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are:
- 213 on the computer-based test
- 79 on the Internet-based test
- 550 on the paper test.
- TOEFL institution code is 6851
- The minimum acceptable International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) score
- Applicants with scores below the minimum will not be considered for admission.
- IELTS scores are only received by hard copy. Please contact the test center where you took the IELTS test and request that your official test scores be sent to the address below. Be certain the scores are sent to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and NOT Texas Tech University as we are separate institutions and cannot access scores submitted to Texas Tech University. We do not accept unofficial Test Report Forms from applicants. An institutional code is not required. Test scores must be received by the application deadline.
- Submit IELTS scores to:
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Office of the Registrar
3601 4th St., STOP 8310
Lubbock, TX 79430-8310 USA
- The language requirement is waived for international applicants who complete a degree
from an accredited U.S. university, have completed at least two consecutive years
at a college or university in the USA or in an English proficiency-exempt country,
or for those who are a citizen of an English proficiency-exempt country.
- The following countries have English as their native language: Australia, Canada (except the Province of Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean countries (Anguilla, Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands), Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales), and the United States.
Financial Documents for International Applicants
International M.S. applicants and some Ph.D. applicants with an international government scholarship must provide proof of ability to pay tuition/fees and living expenses for the first year. For the 2021-2022 academic year, this amount is $40,888. Applicants who will receive a competitive scholarship must provide proof of $31,072. Spouse is an additional $6,778 and each child is $3,389. More information is available on the program specific pages. Documents cannot be older than 6 months. If the financial proof/bank statement is in a name other than the applicant, we require a letter from the financial sponsor or Financial Affidavit accepting financial responsibility for tuition/fees and living expenses.
Applicants with scholarships awarded by their home countries, such as Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission, must still submit a Sponsored Student Statement of Understanding AND the government Financial Guarantee Letter. Applicants with dependents who will require an I-20 must also submit a sponsor letter and bank statement showing a minimum amount of $7,500 USD for each dependent (see information above).
More frequently asked questions:
- When will I be notified regarding an admission decision?
- Each program/concentration has an internal application review committee and forwards applications to be considered for admission to the GSBS Admissions Committee, except for Pharmaceutical Sciences Ph.D. applications.
- Questions regarding the status of these reviews may be addressed to the Admissions Director, Terri Lloyd
- Other applicants may e-mail their documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
- How do I submit my resume/CV?
- A resume or CV is only required for Ph.D. applicants, and should be uploaded as a supplemental item with the applications.
- Do I submit my immunizations record upon application or offer acceptance?
- Your immunizations record will be required once you have accepted admission.
- Will I need to find a PhD mentor prior to applying to the PhD program?
- Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. students must rotate in labs prior to selecting a research mentor and concentration.
- Pharmaceutical Ph.D. students are notified upon admission offer if they have been assigned to a Ph.D. mentor, or if they will be required to complete lab rotations prior to selecting a mentor.
- Both programs have their own application review and admission process, and correspondence with faculty does not guarantee admission.
- What should I do if I get a "not secure" error message when trying to visit BioRaider.com?
- Copy and paste this link directly into your browser: https://applynow.texastech.edu/CE_GraduateBiomed/Home
To begin your application, you will first need to create an account. Click here to access BioRaider.com and set up your account. Make sure to use an e-mail address you will always have access to (i.e., do not use a university e-mail address that could be deactivated after graduation), as all correspondence regarding your application, supplemental items, and admissions offers will be sent to this address. Once your account is set up, you will receive an activation e-mail. Click on the link to active your account.
Once your account is activated, log in and navigate to the "My Account" page. On this page, you can scroll to the bottom and select "Start an Application" from the "Next Steps" box. Select the concentration you are interested in to start a new application.
Once your application has loaded, you will see the fields "Personal," "Demographics", "Plans," "Academics," "Oath of Residency Form" and "Writing & Signature" to the left. You can navigate between these fields to complete your application.
When you have finished your application, you can submit any supplemental items required. These can be found by navigating back to the "My Account" page, scrolling to the bottom, and selecting "Submit Supplemental Items" from the application box.
If you have additional questions, please e-mail email@example.com.
Required supplemental items are applied to an application AFTER application submission. Log into your BioRaider.com account and scroll down to see the supplemental items and status of those items. All required supplemental items must be received before an application is considered complete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
GRE general test is optional for domestic applicants, and required for international applicants for the following programs:
- Biomedical Sciences, Ph.D.
- Biotechnology, M.S.
GRE general test is required for all applicants for the following applications:
- Graduate Medical Education Sciences
- Pharmaceutical Sciences M.S.
- Pharmaceutical Sciences Ph.D.
Subject tests are optional but not required. Graduate Medical Education Sciences M.S. highly recommends applicants submitting a GRE score also submit the GRE Biology or Chemistry Subject Test scores.
Graduate Medical Sciences M.S. will accept MCAT in lieu of GRE. To request MCAT in lieu of GRE, Email the Graduate School and include your AAMC ID and AAMC Verification Code. The Verification Code is on the MCAT display score report, and comprises four sets of numbers and letters. For example: A1B2-C3D4-E5F6-G7H8.
The $50 application fee is non-refundable and payable by credit or debit card. To pay by check or money order, e-mail us. The following applicants are eligible for an application fee waiver and should e-mail us for further instructions:
- applicants who spoke to a GSBS representative and provided contact information at any of these events (ABRCMS, SACNAS, HACU, NCUR)
- McNair Scholars (requires documentation from institution)
- attendees at the annual GSBS Open House
- attendees of Grad Fairs who spoke to a GSBS representative and provided contact information to the representative at the event
- participants in our summer internship programs ABRI or SABR
- U.S. active duty military, U.S. military veterans
- applicants offered and who accepted admission but deferred admission to a later term and with approval by the program/concentration admissions committee (application fee waiver is only valid once for deferrals)
- Current GSBS Students
- Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center full-time staff (excluding faculty)
- applicants for Fall admission to Biomedical Sciences PhD and Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD programs with complete applications by December 1
- the Senior Associate Dean also has the ability to waive application fees at their discretion under very limited circumstance
- Minimum of 2 letters and no more than 4 are required.
- As a general rule, applicants should request recommendations from research mentor(s) and faculty who can address your academic suitability for the graduate study. Recommenders evaluate intellectual ability, research aptitude, imagination/originality, initiative/motivation, industry/perseverance, emotional stability, oral communication, written communication, and teamwork. While recommenders may not be able to evaluate all these areas, we advise that you choose recommenders who can evaluate the majority of these areas. More information regarding letters may be on the program specific application information page.
- Enter the name and email address of your recommender. S/he will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with a link back to the online form and recommendation.
- Letters submitted outside our online recommendation system are strongly discouraged.
- Graduate Medical education Sciences applicants should consult the program specific application information page for detailed instructions regarding recommendation letters.
International applications who do not qualify for exceptions (bottom of section) must submit one of the following as proof of English proficiency.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
The minimum TOEFL score required is 550 (paper-based version) or 79 (internet-based version). The TOEFL score must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS); TTUHSC’s institutional code is 6851. TOEFL scores are valid for only two years. Due to the limited time frame regarding accessing test scores, if TTUHSC has received a test score that is over two years old, we will accept it as official.
International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)
The minimum IELTS required score is an overall band score of 6.5 on the Academic version; IELTS General Training results are not acceptable. There is no IELTS institution code for TTUHSC. IELTS scores are valid for only two years. Due to the limited time frame regarding accessing test scores, if TTUHSC has received a test score that is over two years old, we will accept it as official.
Duolingo English Test (Online examination)
The minimum requirement Duolingo score is 100. There is no institutional code for Duolingo and scores are reported within 48 hours and are valid for two years. Due to the limited time frame regarding accessing test scores, if TTUHSC has received a test score that is over two years old, we will accept it as official.
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)
The minimum required PTE Academic score is 60. PTE General and PTE Young Learners results are not acceptable. There no PTE Academic institution code for TTUHSC. PTE Academic scores are valid for only two years. Due to the limited time frame regarding accessing test scores, if TTUHSC has received a test score that is over two years old, we will accept it as official.
Cambridge Certificate of Proficient in English (Cambridge CPE)
The minimum required Cambridge CPE grade is C. There is no institutional code for the Cambridge CPE. The Cambridge CPE is valid for life.
Cambridge Certification of Advanced English (Cambridge CAE)
The minimum required Cambridge CAE grade is B. There is no institutional code for the Cambridge CAE. The Cambridge CAE is valid for life.
Testing Waivers & Country Specific Exemptions
- Applicant attended four (4) consecutive long semesters of credit-bearing/non-development/non-ESL courses at an accredited post-secondary school in the U.S.
- Attended two (2) consecutive years of high school in the United States.
- Attended two (2) consecutive years of high school with U.S. accreditation or within an English proficiency exempt country
- Applicants from certain English Proficiency exempt countries
- Must provide proof with passport
- See our the GSBS English Proficiency page for more information and full list of exempt countries
- Complete as accurately as possible so that the correct residency status is applied to your application.
- Student ID field is your R number for applicants who attended Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, or are TTU or TTUHSC faculty or staff. Otherwise you may leave this field blank.
All prospective students applying to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences are expected to adhere to the highest level of academic integrity. This includes entering all post-secondary institutions attended or currently attending on the application for admission, including institutions for which transfer credit was received toward an undergraduate or graduate degree. Applicants must also submit official U.S. transcripts or course-by-course transcript evaluations for international institutions for all institutions attended and/or currently attending. Failure to provide this information on the application or not providing all U.S. transcripts or course-by-course transcript evaluations with all academic credentials is considered a falsification of academic records and will result in the admission application being voided.
- We require official transcripts from all U.S. Institutions attended, including those institutions for which you received transfer credit toward your undergraduate degree.
- Electronic official transcripts from U.S. institutions are preferred and should be sent to: Graduate.School@ttuhsc.edu
- Do NOT send international transcripts and/or mark sheets. See below for transcript evaluation requirement.
- Hard copy official transcripts should be mailed to:
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
3601 4th St. MS 6206
Lubbock, TX 79430-6206
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
- For MPH applications in SOPHAS, transcripts must be submitted directly to SOPHAS and do not need to be submitted to TTUHSC. We will obtain your official transcripts directly from SOPHAS.
A course-by-course transcript evaluation is required for all institutions attended and/or currently attending outside the USA. Do not send international transcripts, mark sheets, or certificates as these documents will not fulfill the requirement.
- WES Instructions:
- Enter and select Texas Tech University
- In the School/Division dropdown select Health Sciences Center
- In the Department/Office Name dropdown select Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences - Financial
- Transcript evaluations must come directly from the transcript services directly to
TTUHSC, and the mailing address is:
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
3601 4th St. MS 6206
Lubbock, TX 79430-6206
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
- International M.S. applicants and some Ph.D. applicants with an international government scholarship must provide proof of ability to pay tuition/fees and living expenses for the first year. For the 2021-2022 academic year, this amount is $40,888. Applicants who will receive a competitive scholarship must provide proof of $31,072. Spouse is an additional $6,778 and each child is $3,389. More information is available on the program specific pages. Documents cannot be older than 6 months. If the financial proof/bank statement is in a name other than the applicant, we require a letter from the financial sponsor or Financial Affidavit accepting financial responsibility for tuition/fees and living expenses.
- Applicants with scholarships awarded by their home countries, such as Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission, must still submit a Sponsored Student Statement of Understanding AND the government Financial Guarantee Letter. Applicants with dependents who will require an I-20 must also submit a sponsor letter and bank statement showing a minimum amount of $7,500 USD for each dependent (see information above).
- Download the Sponsored Student Statement of Understanding
Immunization records are only required for applicants who are offered and accept admission. The immunizations form must be submitted at least 10 business days prior to the beginning of the semester.
- Immunization form provided at link below. Immunization documentation must be provided prior to matriculation.
- Required Immunization Form
- All applicants are required to show proof of: two (2) immunizations for varicella (chicken pox), measles, mumps and rubella; 2-step tuberculosis skin test; hepatitis B-series; Tetanus/diphtheria (Td); Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and Acellular Pertussis): Adult (one time dose starting year 2005); Meningococcal Vaccine (MCV): Adults 22 and younger (vaccine within the last 5 years).
- Questions regarding immunizations should be directed to the Office of Institutional Health, Attn: Nicole Hines
- Most new student scholarships do not require a separate application process, and generally students offered admission are automatically considered for such scholarships.
- Competitive Scholarships are awarded by the various concentrations and programs within GSBS. It is up to the concentration/program to determine the amount and number of scholarships they will award each year based on the funds available and other factors determined by each concentration/program. All admitted students are automatically considered for competitive scholarships, and no separate application forms or interviews are necessary. The GSBS office notifies scholarship winners at the time of admission to the university or soon afterwards.
- See our Graduate School Scholarships
Most PhD students receive a research assistantship, and applicants will be notified of RA award upon admission offer. Assistantships for master's programs are limited, please check the program application specific pages.
All students are required to have their own personal laptop. The majority of course lecture notes, daily class schedules, and other curriculum related information are only provided online. These resources include lecture presentations, streaming media and online assignments.
See our recommended Computer Requirements
The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents requires all students to have health insurance, and are required to provide proof of health insurance each year. Students who have failed to carry insurance and have suffered illness or injury resulting in high medical bills have often been financially unable to continue their education. Unlike free medical care in some countries, medical care in the U.S. is very expensive.
- A student health insurance plan is available through Academic Health Plans/Unicare. Information regarding cost and coverage is available here.
- A mandatory medical services fee is required of all master's and certificate students. This fee is available as an opt-in for those with a research assistantship. While this fee does not meet the health insurance requirement, physician visits are available at a low cost co-pay. For more information regarding services provided by this fee, please view this PDF.
- Research Assistants are eligible for group insurance plans offered by the State of Texas for employees. See the Summary of Benefits.
To calculate benefit enrollment costs, Research Assistants should look at the information under part-time employees, graduate students/teaching assistants, post-doctoral and adjunct faculty
- More information is available on the Student Health Services website.
The link below contains the most current textbook information provided to the GSBS office:
However, students should check course syllabi for the most accurate information.
The following information is not intended to be comprehensive and is subject to change. Tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by administrative, legislative, or regent action, and changes become effective on the date enacted. The following tuition information should be used only as a guideline for estimating charges.
The university estimates minimum graduate expenses for twelve months to be approximately $36,144. This amount applies to all programs but please keep in mind that actual expenses vary greatly according to:
- Number of courses taken
- In-State or Out-of-State Tuition
The university also reserves the right to make changes in tuition and fees at any time. Students on F-1 visas should have at least $4,000 in their possession upon arrival. We recommend that you bring as much of the amount in cash (Travelers Checks, etc.) as you are allowed to transfer.
NOTE: All checks drawn on foreign banks may require as long as three weeks for processing before money will be released. Please plan accordingly.
Tuition and fee payments are due before classes start. Payment information by semester can be found at the TTUHSC Office of the Bursar:
TTU is now affiliated with the ELS Center in Lubbock and students and spouses interested in English as a second language classes can contact ELS at:
1921 Broadway Ave.
Lubbock, TX U.S.A.
F-1 STUDENT VISAS
If you live overseas and have not yet applied for your visa, please submit your acceptance letter, a valid passport, evidence of payment of the SEVIS fee, proof of financial support, and the I-20 form to the nearest U.S. Consulate or Embassy to apply for the F-1 student visa. Please check the web page of the U.S. Consulate website for any special local requirements. Do not attempt to enter the United States any earlier than 30 days before the report date in item 5 of your I-20. If you do, you may be rejected for entry into the U.S. and will have to return to your home country. The report date cannot be more than 30 days before your first day of class.
If there is a problem with the I-20, please contact the Office of International Affairs at I20@ttu.edu as soon as possible and before you depart for the United States.
All new and transfer students are encouraged to keep up with any new immigration information by going to the Office of International Affairs website.
Within 15 days of your date of entry, you must report to the Office of International Affairs located on the Texas Tech University campus, attend GSBS orientation, and register for classes.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center does not refund the SEVIS fee.
F-1 TRANSFER STUDENTS
If you are transferring to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as an F-1 student from another U.S. institution, please notify your foreign student advisor or Designated School Official (DSO) at your current school of your intention to transfer. Your school will then release your SEVIS record. International Student Advisor’s form are available on the Office of International Affairs website.
Any international student who intends to study at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center must understand that, if admitted, s/he is responsible for keeping themselves in status with the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the U.S. Department of Justice and for otherwise abiding by federal, state, and University laws and regulations. Disregard for any of the above is possible grounds for dismissal for the Health Sciences Center as well as whatever other penalties might be imposed under the terms of the respective laws.
In the case of prospective transfer students from other US institutions, the student is responsible for ensuring that s/he is in status with the Immigration and Naturalization Service prior to being enrolled at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences located at 3601 4th Street, MS 6206 Lubbock, TX 79430.
- Dedicated to serving the needs of international students. They are the main caretakers and legal troubleshooters of your stay in the United States.
- VISAs - For eligibility and requirements, please see the OIA information on the Student Visa Process here.
- English and Speech Courses
- Texas Tech University offers English and speech courses for students requiring additional language courses after admissions.
- Special cross-cultural courses are also offered through the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Speech Communication.
- Numerous opportunities are available for international students who would like to
learn more about American society:
- International Friends Program
- Speakers Bureau
- International Women's Association
- Hands Across Nations
- Mayor's Award of Honorary Ambassadorship