FAQs - Admissions

When are applications reviewed and by whom?

Applications are reviewed as they are received by Program Directors and Admissions Committees Members.

How are applications evaluated?

Applicants are evaluated by the individual programs to which they have applied on the basis of their prior performance and promise for exceptional achievement at the graduate level, as evidenced by their academic records, letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with their capabilities, standardized test scores and any other pertinent data they submit. Applicants are also evaluated on their ability to elaborate on their work, reason for pursuing graduate studies and future career plans in interviews conducted in person or via the internet/telephone.

Specific admission requirements vary by program. In general, most programs require significant work in the basic, applied and the physical sciences, mathematics, writing and established research skills.

When do admissions interviews occur?

Admissions interviews are by invitation only. The PhD programs schedule two Interview Weekends each year, generally during the first weeks of February and March. Interviews for Master’s degree programs may occur at different times of the year.

When will I know if I've been accepted?

Admissions Committees meet shortly after each Interview Weekend to determine which applicants will be offered admission. Generally, notification of an offer of admission is made within 1-2 weeks of the applicant’s visit to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

If I’ve been accepted, when can I enroll?

Students entering the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry via a biomedical science PhD program have the option of beginning a first lab rotation on July 1. Students who do not want to do a summer lab rotation and those entering via a health sciences PhD program, a Master’s degree program or a Certificate Program start in late August or early September for Fall admission and mid-January for Spring admission.

What if I need to defer my admission?

The graduate programs accept applications for the next immediate academic year. Accepted applicants who wish to postpone their entrance may request a deferral of up to one year by first obtaining permission from the Program Director and then writing to the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education after notification of acceptance is received. If the deferral request is granted, the applicant’s place would be reserved with the next entering class. If the deferral request is denied, the applicant must choose either to matriculate in the class to which admission has been offered or to reapply for admission at a future date.

How will I know if I haven’t been offered admission?

Once a decision regarding your application has been made, you will receive an email to inform you that you have or have not been offered admission. If you have not received such an email, the program may still be reviewing your application. If you would like to check on the status of your application, please contact your Program Coordinator directly.

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