Master of Science in Skin Biology and Dermatological Sciences : Admission requirements

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Application deadlines

  • March 1, 2019,  Priority Deadline
  • May 1, 2019, Final Deadline

PLEASE APPLY AT BioMedCAS (Deadlines 3-1 & 5-1-19)

All applicants will be ranked by the program committee. At least two members of the committee will review each applicant and candidates and rolling admission will occur until we fill program capacity.

Admission requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution must be conferred before the intended start date.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required for candidates with bachelor’s or Master’s degrees. GPA is not required for candidates with MD or Ph.D. degree.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  • A GRE general test score (verbal, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing), waived for MD or Ph.D., MCAT may be used in lieu of GRE.
  • English proficiency requirement: A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for an internet based test (iBT), 550 for paper-based test (PBT) or 215 for computer-based test (CBT) is required for those who graduated from foreign institutes.
  • Answers to the custom questions within MS program application.

Online Application Instructions

We accept applications through BioMedical’s Centralized Application Service (BioMedCAS) a common application system. All applicants must apply online through AHCAS which charges $95 (non-refundable) for the first application and $40 for each additional program. Note that only complete applications will be considered. We encourage applicants to upload unofficial copies of all application materials to their online application. Please note that this allows us to begin reviewing your application but does not fulfill the requirements of official documentation.

  • Upload each document as a separate file (i.e. - do not merge your resume with your transcripts)
  • The preferred file format is PDF.
  • Files cannot have a digital signature or password protection.
  • Each file must be limited 5MB or less.

Please email questions specific to the online application should be referred to BioMedical’s Centralized Application Service (BioMedCAS). Please include the following information with your inquiry: User Name, Full Name and Phone Number. You may also email David Lewis PhD (the Program Manager) at

US and Canadian Transcripts

ALL official academic records including degree and certificate programs, English language programs, and incomplete coursework / degrees from all previously attended colleges and universities must be sent directly from each institution. Note that applicants with Canadian transcripts using French grading systems should follow the international transcript instructions below..

Electronic transcripts are accepted from schools that participate in Credentials Solutions. Click here to check if your school participates with this service. If your school does participate, click here to request your electronic transcripts be sent to BioMedCAS.

Paper Transcripts should be mailed to:
BioMedCAS Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9207
Watertown, MA 02471

Personal Statement

Your personal essay is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a narrative discussing your past education, experience, and current professional career objectives. Enter your essay in the “Supporting Information” section of your BiomedCAS application. The application has a variety of questions which give the admission committee more information about you as an applicatant. Please answer those questions and be prepared to write about your response to the following:

  • reasons for interest in the Master of Science in Skin Biology and Dermatological Sciences
  • specific area(s) of research/professional interest in your application degree
  • decision to join the thesis or non-thesis track selection (you may change your decision later)
  • Career goals including how you hope to contribute to biomedical research
  • demonstrated significant academic achievement by overcoming barriers
  • laboratory work, internship(s), research project(s), publication(s), conference presentation(s), or assistantships you’ve completed.

Resume / Curriculum Vitae

All applicants must submit a complete, up-to-date resume / CV that includes all employment, research experience, community service, education and academic or professional honors. Be sure to detail all experience related to the discipline, including research experience, training, education or other related qualifications with bulleted summaries.

Letters of Recommendation

All applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation from those who are best able to assess your ability to be successful in a graduate degree program. Ideally, your recommenders are recent researchers or employers in a related research or scientific field. Applicants should request that their recommender writes a letter that is specific to the discipline for which they are applying. Form letters and recommendations written for medical school applications contribute little to your application and are strongly discouraged.

You will be asked for your recommenders’ contact information on the online application. They will be sent an online form to complete via email. Applicants must submit a minimum of three to a maximum of five recommendations.

GRE Test

GRE General Test is required. Applicants are to submit GRE general exam scores taken within the last five years. When registering for the test, please request that your score be sent to institution code 4090.

Additionally, if applicants take the subject tests they may submit applicable GRE Subject Tests. While not required, strong performance in relevant tests will add to the strength of your application.

If you have completed the GRE exam(s) please upload unofficial copies of your score report(s) with your online application while waiting for the official scores to be delivered.

MCAT Scores (taken with the last 5 years) may be used in lieu of GRE scores. If you have completed the GRE or MCAT exam(s) you enter or type your unofficial scores with your online application while waiting for the official scores to be delivered. Ideally these are accompanied by a report from ETS or your test facility.

To submit your Official MCAT Scores, you must log into your AMCAS account. Navigate to the “My Reports” drop-down menu and select “Print Score Report”. This report includes a verification code that you (and anyone you send the report to) can use to verify the report’s authenticity. Anyone with the verification code can securely retrieve a copy of that report via the Web. Email your score report to

PLEASE APPLY AT BioMedCAS (Deadlines 3-1 & 5-1-19)

International Applicants

Based on International Students & Scholar Services (ISSS) I-20 requirements, all international students will either be required to return to their country of origin or stay on campus between on-campus-lecture weeks. You will be required to take part in a Research Lab Rotation, thesis project or other activities. Please check with Dr. Jie Li, the Program Director ( for more information.

Applicants who have attended institutions outside of the US and Canada are required to submit all official transcripts, mark sheets and a photocopy of their diploma(s) (with English translation when applicable). All post-secondary / university transcripts must be accompanied by a course-by-course transcript evaluation from the World Education Service (Select ICAP Report).

Do not send foreign transcripts to BioMedCAS, including those printed in English or translated into English; they will be discarded. Foreign transcripts can be uploaded under Colleges Attended.

All Caribbean medical schools are considered foreign institutions and are not US accredited, even if they have offices in the US or allow US licensing. Do not send transcripts from these schools to BioMedCAS, as they will be discarded. Foreign transcripts can be uploaded under Colleges Attended.

Canadian schools that issue transcripts in French are considered foreign and must be reported like any other foreign school. We cannot accept original Canadian transcripts which are written in French. Foreign transcripts can be uploaded under Colleges Attended.

English Proficiency Exams

International students whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. This requirement is waived for applicants who have successfully completed 30 consecutive credits at the university level where English was the language of instruction or those who have passed the USMLEs. Test scores must be less than two years old.

TOEFL: When registering for the test, please request that your score be sent to institution code B765. The minimum score is 80

IELTS: When registering for the test, please request that your score be sent to University of Miami, institution code 4862. The minimum score is 6.5.

PLEASE APPLY AT BioMedCAS (Deadlines 3-1 & 5-1-19)

Tuition and Financial Aid

The Master of Science in Skin Biology and Dermatological Sciences program (MS in SBDS) is a graduate level program. When apply for Financial Aid through FAFSA use the code is 001536. It should be listed as the University of Miami because it is actually a Graduate program managed through the Gables campus. The tuition is based on graduate rates. Our department does NOT offer financial assistance at this time. For more information describing tuition rates, scholarships and fellowships please review the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment website: