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FAQ - Application
Review the Trainee Handbook to learn more about training at the SMD.
Where is the online application?
Online Application (recommended browser is Google Chrome)
Is there an application fee?
Yes. The fee is $60 to submit an application to the graduate program.
What is the application deadline?
The PhD program application deadline is January 1, although early submission is strongly encouraged. PhD students are admitted in the Fall semester only.
Master’s Program application deadlines are May 1 for Fall admission and November 1 for Spring admission.
Review the full Application Timeline.
What materials do I need to complete my application?
It is expected that all application materials (with the exception of official score reports) be scanned and uploaded to your online application. Please note that the University of Rochester reserves the right to verify the accuracy of all transcripts and test scores, and to require submission of official documentation at any point in the admissions review process.
- Online Application (recommended browser is Google Chrome)
- Statement of Purpose
- Uploaded copy of transcript(s) to online application. Please do not mail a hard copy at this time.
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
- Official GRE Scores (institution code: 2948)
- Official TOEFL (institution code: 2948) or IELTS Scores (applicants whose native language is not English)
- Payment of the $60.00 application fee
- Research papers, publications and other original works, as well as resumes and CVs are not required, but may also be submitted for consideration.
- Please do not send or upload secondary school documentation, financial documentation, etc., as these are not utilized during the admissions process.
What should my Statement of Purpose include?
The Statement of Purpose should clearly describe your reasons for applying to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, your preparation for the field of study, your study and research interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study. Your statement should not exceed 3 pages in length (single spaced). Because you are applying online, you should prepare your statement in advance and be prepared to upload it.
Which standardized tests are required for admission?
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (Institution Code is 2948)
Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to all graduate programs in the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. There is no specified minimum test score required for admission consideration or actual admission. For the application process, scans of official score reports for GREs taken within 5 years of the original test date will be accepted. Offers of admission are contingent on receipt of final official test scores.
Average GRE percentiles for recent incoming classes are available on our Stats and Facts website.
English Language Proficiency (TOEFL Institution Code is 2948)
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) .
Average TOEFL scores for recent incoming classes are available on our Stats and Facts website.
Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?
Three letters of recommendation are required. At least one of the recommenders should be a faculty member at the last school you attended as a full-time student unless you have been out of school for more than four years. Substitutions for faculty recommendations may include work associates or others who can comment on your academic potential for graduate work. As a professional courtesy, you should notify your recommenders of the request for a recommendation letter in advance.
Letters of recommendation are submitted via an online system only. Hard copy letters are not accepted. This will require that you organize in advance the name, title, address, institution or business name, and email address of all your recommenders before applying online. Immediately after you submit your application, your recommenders are sent an email asking them to submit a letter of recommendation electronically.
Is there a minimum GPA required?
Historically, those admitted to Master's and PhD programs in the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry have achieved cumulative undergraduate grade-point-averages (GPA) higher than 3.25.
Where do I send my transcripts?
It is expected that transcripts be scanned and uploaded to your online application.
What is the correct Institution Code for the GRE and TOEFL?
The SMD Institution Code is 2948.
How do I find out if my application and letters of recommendation have been received?
Please return to your Applicant Status Page and log in to review your application checklist.
How can I check the status of my application after it is completed?
Inquiries regarding the status of an application should be directed to the Graduate Coordinator affiliated with the graduate program to which you have applied.