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)

Application Open and Close dates for Biomedical Graduate Program at Wake Forest University School of Medicine

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:

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. Students are welcome to submit transcripts from non-degree granting schools if the graduate program’s pre-requisites were a) met at a non-degree granting institution and b) the course grade and credit hours are not reflected on the degree granting school’s transcript.
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 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 $70 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
Certificate/Other Degrees
Master Degrees
Doctoral Degrees
Addiction Research and Clinical Health MS
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology PhD
Biomedical Engineering MS PhD 
Biomedical Research MS
Biomedical Science MS
Cancer Biology PhD
Clinical Research Management MS
Comparative Medicine MS
Genetic Counseling MS
Health Disparities in Neuroscience-related Disorders MS
Healthcare Leadership MHL
Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology
Medical Physics CRT MS PhD
Microbiology and Immunology PhD
Molecular and Cellular Bioscience - Admission Track PhD
Molecular Genetics and Genomics PhD
Molecular Medicine and Translational Science MS PhD
Neuroscience BA-BS/MS MS PhD
Translational and Health System Science CRT MS
Translational Biotechnology CRT MS

Step 3: Apply

Create a user account to begin your application. If you have already created an account or are adding to a current application, log in using your current username and password. Should you need to work on your application and come back later to finish, the Application Portal will remember where you were and will take you back to that page. If you wish to apply to multiple programs, you may do so after you submit each application. Your Application Portal will pre-populate some of your application information. Consult the FAQs for more information on applying to multiple programs.
While working on completing your application, if you are missing a required element, the Application Portal will make sure that you are aware of missing elements. In some cases, it will restrict you from advancing to the next page until you have supplied required information.
When you have added and uploaded all application requirements, the only remaining step is to pay the application fee and submit your application for review. The application fee is payable by credit card. Payment of the application fee, or submission of an approved application fee waiver, is required in order to submit an application and is required with each application for admission you submit. Payment instructions are located at the end of the application process.
Application fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. No fees will be refunded unless the program does not admit students in your selected admission term.

Step 4: Track Your Application Status

The Application Portal is your online hub for viewing your application status, communications, and managing your account. You may:

  • View your personalized application checklist
  • View details which include confirmation of your submitted application(s)
  • Edit/Change Recommenders, or send reminders to Recommenders for un-submitted recommendations
  • View checklist to verify if official transcripts or test reports have been received
  • Change your password
  • View Official Communications and Decisions

The checklist will update as your application moves through the review and evaluation processes. Please refer to your checklist for the most recent items received by our office. Once the program’s admission committee has made a decision on the status of your application, you will receive an email notifying you that a communication has been posted to your student portal. Your checklist will be updated to display your decision communication.

Application Acknowledgement Email
Once we receive your application, you will receive an automated acknowledgement with a link to access the portal to review. If you did not receive this message please check your spam folder. We recommend that you retain this email for your records.

If you need online technical assistance, please direct your questions to Be sure to include your order-id (ex. WFGRAD_73748266_20180126073752). A link to the HELP DESK is also available from your student portal.

Frequently Asked Questions