Application Process

The Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences program accepts applications directly through the University website. Applications are reviewed once they are complete and/or verified.

  1. Fill out the online application or dual degree application
  2. In the online application you will be asked to:
    • Provide GRE (code 2256), MCAT or DAT scores
    • Provide TOEFL exam scores (non-native English speaking applicants only)
  3. Upon completion of the online application please submit the following:
    • Official GRE, MCAT or DAT score report(s)
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Transcripts

Official transcripts can be emailed to: dmuadmit@dmu.edu or mailed to:
PhDBS Admissions
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312

All materials related to an application for admission become the property of Des Moines University upon receipt and will not be returned or released to the applicant either in original or photocopy form.

Applicants may only apply to one Des Moines University program at a time.

Personal Interview

Interview assessments are required. Currently, the interview is a competency-based, holistic, asynchronous assessment. At this time, there are no in-person interviews due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Transfer Credits

A student may request transfer credit for previous graduate work completed at other regionally accredited (or equivalent) educational institutions. The request should be submitted in writing to the Program Director who will carefully review the content of previous credits offered and forward the request to the Biomedical Sciences Coordinating Committee. Approved transfer credits will be entered on the student’s permanent record by the Registrar’s Office. No more than 18.0 credit hours of approved graduate work will be applied toward the 86 credit hours required for the degree.

Accommodations in Education Policy

The University complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Iowa Civil Rights Act and other laws relating to the accommodations of disabilities in its educational programming.

View the Accommodations in Education Policy

Additional Information

TOEFL scores

In addition to admission requirements, applicants who are not native speakers of English must satisfy an adequate command of the English language. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or other evidence of English proficiency are required. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 points on the written exam, 213 on the computerized exam, or 69-70 on the internet-based exam is required. Individual graduate programs may require scores higher than the minimums stated. For more information about the TOEFL, visit www.toefl.org or contact ETS. The TOEFL requirement is waived for applicants who have received a degree from an institution where instruction was conducted in English.

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