Admissions requirements for the Master’s in Applied Biomedical Data Sciences

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We welcome applicants who are completing or have recently completed an undergraduate degree in a biological or quantitative field and professionals who are looking to expand their expertise. Prospective students who are interested in learning to effectively analyze and interpret data to gain novel biological insights are encouraged to apply.


Candidates must meet the following minimum criteria for enrollment:

  • An undergraduate degree (BA, BS or equivalent) in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, or similar scientific discipline.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Written and verbal proficiency in English language

Admissions timeline

Dates Admission Process
September Application period opens
December 1, 11:59 pm PST Deadline: Application period closes
January to early February Online screening and in-person interviews conducted
Late February Admissions committee sends offer letters to accepted candidates
April 15 Deadline: National acceptance responses submitted
Late July or early August Orientation
August 11 First day of classes

How to Apply

We require an online application and additional supplemental materials.

Complete an Online Application

In the online application, you will be asked to provide demographic information and the following materials (please check application for accepted file formats).

  • A Curriculum Vitae giving full details of your education, academic honors and professional experience and achievements.
  • Official transcripts of academic records.  These must be sent directly from the institution’s registrar to the Graduate School.
  • A brief essay (≤ 750 words) describing your academic readiness and professional preparation for the program, how the program will help you achieve your career objectives, and what specific St. Jude data science research programs or faculty are of most interest to you.
  • A brief essay (≤ 500 words) describing a time that you achieved a personal or professional goal through grit, creativity, or a combination of the two.
  • Email address of three to five individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. The letters must be submitted directly via the website and should describe your academic successes, professional background, potential for achievement at the graduate level, and capacity for creative, self-directed study.
  • You may save your application at any time and complete it later; however, it must be completed and submitted by the deadline.

Environment of Diversity and Equal Opportunity

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences encourages diversity on campus and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran’s status, disabled veteran’s status or any other status protected by federal or Tennessee law. The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is committed to creating an inclusive learning environment that provides cultural and ethnic diversity. Underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply to the program.