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General Application Instructions              

WARNING –no changes can be made to the application after submission.

For an application FAQ, please go here to find answers to commonly asked questions.

Applications must be submitted and all supplemental items received by the application deadline to be considered complete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to extend application deadlines or make exceptions.

Please read on for general application instructions.  For program-specific instructions you can also follow the links below for further information.

Biomedical Sciences PhD Biotechnology MS
Graduate Medical Sciences concentration in Biomedical Sciences MS Public Health - MPH/Certificate
Pharmaceutical Sciences MS Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD

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Email Address Caution: use an email address always accessible. For example, many educational institutions disable student email accounts after graduation and the student no longer has access to that email account. Correspondence regarding the application, supplemental items, and admission offers will be sent to the email address provided, regardless of the applicant’s ability to access the email account. Email addresses can be updated by logging into your account at www.bioraider.com, clicking on My Account at the top of the page, then on Update Profile in the middle of the page.

Start an Application

Log into www.bioraider.com  and click on Apply Online in the top right hand section of the page. Select the program you wish to apply to.

Personal/Demographics/Family:

Information is auto-filled from your account information. You may update this information on the application but the revised information will not update your account. If changes are made on the application, please also update the same information on your BioRaider account.

Plans:

  • Select your academic program, student type, concentration (if applicable), anticipated course load and anticipated entry term.
  • Applicants to the Biomedical Sciences MS program who are interested in a concentration other than Graduate Medical Sciences should apply to the Biotechnology MS program.

Activities:

Biomedical Sciences MS, Biotechnology MS, MPH and Public Health Certificate applicants enter paid employment and internships during the past 3 years. PhD and Pharmaceutical Sciences MS applicants do not have this section on the application and instead must upload a Resume/CV as a required supplemental item. Refer to program specific application page for Resume/CV requirements. Resume/CV is not required for applicants to programs other than PhD.

Academics:

  • Please add college information for every institution attended or currently attending, including those institutions for which transfer credit was applied toward an undergraduate degree.
    • Colleges attended search tips – do not select city as one of the search terms. For example, for schools within the USA select Country and State but not city. Click on search. Click on the drop down arrow of the Results Found box and select your school.
    • If after searching you cannot find your school, select “The organization is not listed” and click Select under the search results box. Click on the box next to Unlisted School and enter the school information.
    • If you attended an international institution, most likely your institution will not come up in a search and you must manually enter your institution as an Unlisted School (see above for instructions). However, first try to search by selecting country and do not select search information for the other fields. 
  • Honors & Achievements - Briefly list any academic distinctions or honors you have received during undergraduate study and beyond or international equivalent (e.g. McNair Scholar, Cum Laude Society). Select Add Honor for each separate honor or achievement you received. For each honor, you must specify at least one grade and one recognition level.

Writing & Signature

Do not use special symbols, Greek letters, superscripts or subscripts. 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 cut and paste from a simple text editor.

There are character limits for text boxes. If your statement does not fit, you must edit the essay to no more than the character limit.

  • Essay/Personal Statement – this is your opportunity to tell the admissions committee why you are seeking the degree, motivation, and long-term career goals. Applicants should not plagiarize and must cite any sources used. Limited to 3,000 characters including spaces.
  • Optional Background Information – this section is not required, but you may want to provide information that does not fit in other sections of the application. Limited to 2,000 characters including spaces.

Supplemental Items

Required supplemental items are applied to an application AFTER application submission. Log into your www.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 Score

  • ETS Institution Code 6851.
  • Graduate Medical Sciences concentration in Biomedical Sciences MS, and Public Health MPH and Certificate may accept MCAT in lieu of GRE. To request MCAT in lieu of GRE, send an email to graduate.school@ttuhsc.edu 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: ABCD-EFGH-IJKL-MNOP.

Application Fee

  • Non-refundable $45 application fee payable by credit or debit card. Email graduate.school@ttuhsc.edu for instructions if paying by check or money order.
  • Application fee waiver information: 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 Recruiting Dinner, 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), Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center full-time staff (excluding faculty), as well as at the discretion of the Senior Associate Dean (under very limited circumstances).  Applicants to Biomedical Sciences PhD and Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD programs with complete applications by December 1 are also eligible for an application fee waiver. Please email graduate.school@ttuhsc.edu for more information and instructions.

Letters of Reference

  • 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 graduate.school@ttuhsc.edu with a link back to the online form and recommendation.
  • Letters submitted outside our online recommendation system are strongly discouraged.
  • Graduate Medical Sciences applicants should consult the concentration specific application information page for detailed instructions regarding recommendation letters.

IELTS or TOEFL Score

  • 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.
    • The minimum acceptable International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) score is 6.5.
    • Applicants with scores below the minimum will not be considered for admission.
    • TOEFL institution code is 6851
    • 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 a country whose native language is English. Please refer to the GSBS catalog (http://www.ttuhsc.edu/graduate-school-of-biomedical-sciences/catalogs.aspx) for a list of countries exempted from this requirement.

Oath of Residency

  • 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.

Official College Transcripts

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

Transcript Evaluation

  • 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.
  • A list of approved transcript services can be found at http://www.ttuhsc.edu/graduate-school-of-biomedical-sciences/academics/transcriptevaluation.aspx.
    • If ordering a transcript evaluation from WES, our institution must be manually entered. Select Other for the institution, click on Select this Institution, and enter the information for the mailing address as shown below.
  • 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

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 2017-2018 academic year, this amount is $33,825 for Public Health and $33,561 for all other applications. 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 the required financial documents. We are unable to accept the SACM or other provisional financial guarantee as proof of funding. In order to meet the admission requirement you will need to show proof of personal funding.
Miscellaneous Information

Immunizations

Immunization records are only required for applicants who are offered and accept admission.

  • Immunization form provided at link below. 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). 
  • Required immunization form: https://www.ttuhsc.edu/graduate-school-of-biomedical-sciences/documents/forms/immunization.pdf
  • Questions regarding immunizations should be directed to:

Office of Institutional Health

Nicole.hines@ttuhsc.edu

Scholarships

  • 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.
  • Additional scholarship information is available on this page: https://www.ttuhsc.edu/graduate-school-of-biomedical-sciences/current/scholarships.aspx
  • Public Health Specific Scholarships:

https://www.ttuhsc.edu/graduate-school-of-biomedical-sciences/public-health/scholarships.aspx

Research Assistantships

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.

Personal Laptop Requirement

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 this document for laptop computer requirements: https://www.ttuhsc.edu/graduate-school-of-biomedical-sciences/documents/GSB_Laptop_Computer_Requirements.pdf

Health Insurance

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.

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

Textbooks

The link below contains the most current textbook information provided to the GSBS office:

https://www.ttuhsc.edu/graduate-school-of-biomedical-sciences/documents/2016-2017_Textbook_List_Update.pdf . However students should check course syllabi for the most accurate information.

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