St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences



We welcome applicants from all scientific backgrounds. Early-career clinicians who wish to pursue a translational research career are encouraged to apply.

Applications for the 2017 entering class are now closed. Subscribe to our email list to receive program updates and a reminder when the application period opens and closes.

  1. 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 describing your academic background, including all degrees, research experience, awards, publications, presentations, and other achievements.
    • A brief summary of your prior research experience.
    • A one-page summary in lay language describing your most important contribution to research. Please focus on your best research experience, including how it contributed to the overall project and demonstrates your suitability for graduate studies. Do not send published work.
    • A two-page personal statement that outlines your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in biomedical sciences, your career goals, and how you determined that the St. Jude Graduate School is the best program through which to attain those goals.
    • A transcript of your academic record from each institution you attended. You may submit an unofficial copy in the online application.
    • Your numerical scores and percentiles from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

    You may save your application at any time and complete it later, as long as it is submitted by December 1.

    Required Supplementary Materials

    • In the online application, you will be asked to provide email addresses of up to five (and no less than three) individuals who will be providing letters of reference. The system will automatically contact them. Referees should be prepared to describe your academic successes, background in research, potential for achievement at the graduate level and capacity for creative, self-directed study.
    • You must request that ETS send your official GRE test scores to St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences using school code 7888. 
    • If submitting MCAT results, a copy of your official test scores must be submitted via email to
  2. Admissions Timeline (2017 Entering Class)

    Dates Admission process
    September 1, 2016 Application period opens
    December 1, 2016, 11:59 p.m. PST Applications must be submitted with all supporting materials
    December 15, 2016 Invitation letters sent to candidates selected for an interview
    January 2017 Candidates visit St. Jude campus for interviews and tours
    February 2017 Issuance of decision letters begins
    April 15, 2017 Acceptance of admission offer due
    July 31 - August 4, 2017 Orientation and first week of school
  3. Eligibility

    Candidates must meet the following minimum criteria for enrollment.

    • Undergraduate degree (BA, BS or equivalent) in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics or similar science discipline. Advanced degree holders (MD, DO, PharmD, DVM or DDS) will also be considered and are encouraged to apply.
    • Previous exposure to laboratory research
    • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
    • Proficiency in English language

    Environment of Diversity and Equal Opportunity

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences encourage diversity on campus and do 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 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.

More detailed admissions and eligibility information is available in our general catalog.