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Thank you for your interest in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the educational coordinator for the program/concentration of interest prior to beginning the application process.  

Prior to Applying, review our:
Programs, Application Deadlines and Special Instructions Site (click here)

Below are some links that may be useful in your application process.

Admissions Policy - lists all documents required to complete an application.  It is highly recommended that all applicants review the policy in our handbook prior to starting the application process.

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Graduate applicants may communicate with the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences admissions office through email (

The admission process for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) is more than just an application. To ensure that applicants can succeed in a graduate program, an applicant’s personal qualities, work experience, and ability to work with different ideas and personalities within a program are also important admission factors.

Admission to any graduate degree program is granted by the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences upon the recommendation of the GSBS Admissions Committee and/or the program faculty.

 Some helpful suggestions for completing the application process are listed below.

    • For the Biomedical Sciences MS and Biomedical Sciences PhD programs please follow this link to the                               Online Admissions Application System (Merlin), select Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences application, major, and term.
    • For the Biotechnology, Master of Public Health, and Public Health Certificate programs please follow this link to the  online admissions application.
    • Applicants may check the status of their documents on the web through Merlin. All documents must be received by the application deadline date.
    • Applications must be completed and SUBMITTED by application closing date. Only submitted applications with all required support documents can be considered for admission.
    • Your application is not submitted until you see "PACKET SUBMITTED" with a large green checkmark to the right.
    • Please note:
      • The Pharmaceutical Sciences program is a separate program from the Biomedical Sciences concentration in Pharmacology and Neuroscience. DO NOT apply to the School of Pharmacy for the Pharmaceutical Sciences program.
  • FEES
    • A non-refundable processing fee of $45 is required for all applicants. The processing fee can be paid online by credit card, or by mailing a money order, a cashier's check, a traveler's check, or a US postal money order made payable to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Applications for graduate programs will NOT be considered unless accompanied by the processing fee.
    • Applicants listed on the attendance roster at any of these events (ABRCMS, SACNAS, HACU, NCUR, ERN), McNair Scholars, attendees at the annual GSBS Recruiting Dinner, attendees of Grad Fairs who spoke to a GSBS representative and provided contact information to the representative, at the discretion of the Senior Associate Dean, participants in our summer internship programs ABRI or SABR, as well as Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center staff (excluding faculty) are eligible for an application fee waiver. Please email for more information.
    • International applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree equivalent to a 4-year US bachelor's degree, typically requiring at least 120 US equivalent credit hours, from an institution recognized by their government ministry as a degree-granting institution.
    • Request a course-by-course transcript evaluation of all international transcripts.  DO NOT send international transcripts or marksheets to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
    • Applicants currently enrolled in coursework at the time of application must submit a course-by-course transcript evaluation of all completed study. Consideration may then be given for provisional admission upon the condition that a final course-by-course transcript evaluation is provided prior to enrollment. Applicants must submit at least six semesters of coursework to be eligible for admission consideration. Applicants must have been in good standing in all schools attended at final matriculation.
    • An international applicant must provide official transcripts from attendance at any US university.
    • All international applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) and have an official score report sent to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences from the testing service. Faxes and photocopies of scores are not accepted. The Institute Code for GSBS is 6851. Score reports must not be more than two years old.
      • The language requirement is waived for international applicants who complete a degree from an accredited U.S. university or for those who are a citizen of a country whose native language is English.
      • 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, and 550 on the paper test. The minimum acceptable International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) score is 6.5.
    • Bank Statement and Sponsor Financial Statement: International F1 applicants are required to submit a bank statement from an account(s) belonging to the applicant and/or applicant sponsor showing a minimum of $32,572 (for all programs except Public Health) or $32,836 (Public Health) in USD or equivalent available balance, which is the estimated amount for one year of tuition/fees and living expenses. If the applicant has a sponsor, we also require a financial statement letter from the sponsor stating their intent to financially support the applicant. Documents may be uploaded as a supplemental item to the application or emailed to
    • International students in a degree-seeking program are required to have an F1 visa.  Interested students with a visa status other than F1 should contact prior to submitting an application regarding an exception to this policy.  Most employment visas require course work to be incidental to employment and such visas are generally not acceptable for most of our degree programs.  Prospective students who are considering a visa change are encouraged to seek the advice of an immigration attorney with any concerns.
  • US APPLICANTS (including Immigrant Permanent Residents)
    • Official transcripts of all previous and current college level study and showing the completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited US college or university is required.
    • If you are an Immigrant Permanent Resident, you must provide a copy of the front and back of your green card, as well as an Oath of Residency if you are claiming Texas residency for tuition purposes.
    • Submit an online application prior to the application closing date.
    • Pay the non refundable $45 application fee for each application submitted.
    • Submit an Oath of Residency form provided through the on-line application.
    • Submit a written essay through the online application, stating your reasons for applying to your chosen program.
    • Two letters of reference are required. Applicants must submit both the recommendation form and a written letter.  Letters and forms should be submitted through the Merlin application system or mailed to the address listed at the bottom of this page, Emailed reference letters and forms may be accepted if sent from the author's institutional or work email address to . Reference letters and forms submitted by the applicant are not acceptable unless the original hard copy letter and form is submitted in a sealed envelope. 
    • Immunization form provided through the online application with a copy of immunizations record or physician's letter. Immunization documentation must be provided prior to matriculation.
      • 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/diptheria (Td); Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, and Acellular Pertussis):  Adult (one time dose starting year 2005); Meningococcal Vaccine (MCV):  Adults 22 and younger (vaccine within the last 5 years). (MD/PhD students only)
    • Official GRE Score Reports are required. Score reports or additional information about GRE must be sent directly from the Education Testing Service, Photocopies of GRE scores are not accepted.
      • The Institute Code for GSBS is 6851.
      • Scores must not be more than 5 years old.
      • Email for instructions to request MCAT in lieu of GRE.  GRE is required for applications to a PhD program, with the exception of MD/PhD applications.

Please send all required documents to:

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

3601 4th St. MS 6206

Lubbock, TX 79430-6206

All applicants should allow ample time for required support documents to be received and added to the application file. Only submitted applications along with all required support documents can be considered for admissions.