Most applications open on August 1st for the next academic year, but you should review the application open and close dates in the table below. Applications should be fully completed and submitted by the program deadlines listed below. Supplemental material will only be processed if submitted within the first 5 business days after the application deadline. Late applications are not accepted unless special permission is granted by the graduate program's director or admissions chair.
Applications will not enter the review process until all material has been received and verified. As supplemental application material is received, your application’s status will updated. The status updates, in the form of a checklist, can be accessed through the Application Portal at any time.
Applicants may apply to multiple programs by submitting a complete and separate online application, fee, and supplemental material including recommendations. All personal data, academic information, and test report data will populate in the new application.
Early submission is also strongly encouraged to be given full consideration for financial aid.
Submitting an Application: Step by Step
We aim to make the application process as simple as possible. Before starting your application, please review the schedule for application open and close dates and make note of the term that you wish to start your program.
Step 1: Review Application Deadlines and Admission Process
Review and make note of the application open and close dates for your program of interest.
Downloadable: Application Open/Close Dates Table (pdf)
Please note: Applications that remain incomplete 5 business days after the close date are not reviewed for admission.
Once you’ve noted the close date for your program of interest, please note the remainder of our timeline for admissions:
Most biomedical graduate programs invite selected applicants to interview with their program. Invitations may be conducted virtually, in-person, or a combination thereof. Should a program wish to interview you for admission, an invitation will be sent via the application portal or by email as soon as possible, with confirmations typically required through the application portal. Invitations will be extended no later than 2 weeks prior to the interview date.
Offer Letters include several critical details of which you should be mindful:
- The program and academic term into which you have been accepted
- Financial details (tuition scholarship, stipend award, etc.) of your offer
- Deadline for response to the offer of admission
In general, we align to the Council of Graduate Schools deadline of April 15th for offers to PhD programs for fall admission, but you should always carefully review the offer letter for the specific response date.
You will receive specific information on the next steps for enrollment via your Application Portal. For your convenience, our next steps for enrollment page offers a summary of the tasks required to enroll at Wake Forest. For your planning purposes, please note that Orientation day is typically held on the following schedule:
- Summer term – Late May
- Fall term – Late August
- Spring term – Early January
Step 2: Review and Collect Required Materials for Your Selected Program’s Application
Each graduate program defines the specific requirements for its application to be considered complete. All application materials must be submitted through your Application Portal to be considered. A list of standard application elements is shown below. Once you have reviewed the list, please review the Program-Specific Application Instructions, which can be found below the table of standard application elements.
|Standard Application Element||Note|
|Personal Information||Our application collects identifying information, including demographics, which include items focused on ethnicity, socioeconomics, and other data. We use this information to report on the diversity of our student body and to assess our success in meeting goals in target populations. This information is not considered in admission decisions.|
|Transcripts||Required from all schools from which a degree was granted in order to enroll; unofficial transcripts are permitted for application review.|
|Recommendation Letters||Each program determines number of letters required.|
|Standardized Test Scores||The majority of our programs no longer require standardized test (e.g., GRE/MCAT) scores. If required, unofficial reports may be used during application review. For programs that do not require test scores, you may select “I am requesting a waiver” on the Test Reports page. Waiver requests are automatically approved for programs that do not require the submission of a test score.|
|Personal Statement||All biomedical graduate programs require a written personal statement. Some programs require an audio/video upload, while some offer an optional audio/video upload. Individual programs may request that you address specific prompts and you are advised to honor those requests. If you experience difficulty uploading a video or audio file to your application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.|
|Research Statement||This section is of primary importance to our dissertation and thesis programs and is meant to better understand your prior research experience. You will be asked to provide insight on the number of months of prior, full-time research you have completed, at what institution, the name of the mentor, and a brief description of the research experience. If required, you will have the opportunity to describe up to 5 unique research experiences.|
|Curriculum Vitae or Resume||Some programs require that a curriculum vitae or resume be uploaded.|
|Attestation Statement||All programs require that applicants acknowledge a list of minimum technology and competency requirements that are expected of all biomedical graduate program students.|
|Application Fee||Most programs have a $100 fee, or a waiver code, that is required to submit your application.|
Program-Specific Application Information
Once you’ve selected your biomedical graduate program of interest, click on the degree, e.g., CRT, MS, or PhD, to review the application requirements or download our Program Specific Requirements table, showing a comprehensive listing for all applications.
|Biomedical Graduate Program
|Addiction Research and Clinical Health||MS|
|Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||PhD|
|Biomedical Science - Pre-health Pathway||MS|
|Biomedical Science - Research Pathway||MS|
|Clinical Research Management||MS|
|Health Disparities in Neuroscience-related Disorders||MS|
|Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology||PhD|
|Microbiology and Immunology||PhD|
|Molecular and Cellular Bioscience - Admission Track||PhD|
|Molecular Genetics and Genomics||PhD|
|Molecular Medicine and Translational Science||MS||PhD|
|Translational and Health System Science||CRT||MS|