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Biomedicine and Cell and Gene Therapy How to Apply

Applications for fall are opening soon. To be notified, please email Mary Genevieve Carty, MS, MHEd at

Online applications are accepted all year round for consideration for either fall or spring admission. Students may defer admission by one year. All admission decisions are made at the College of Medicine. A decision to accept you into the program will be made based on the sum of your prior coursework, cumulative GPA, standardized test scores (if provided), letters of recommendation and relevant research or professional experiences. For questions about how to apply to the program, please contact an enrollment counselor at

For information regarding financial aid, please visit Drexel Central. Tuition information for the Biomedicine and Cell and Gene Therapy program is available on the Drexel Central website.

Application Deadlines

Application deadline for the MS in Biomedicine and Cell and Gene Therapy:

  • Deadline for Fall 2023: August 1, 2023

How to Submit an Application

  • Submit your application online. There's no fee and it takes only 10 minutes.
  • Submit your application materials. Most programs use rolling admissions, so the sooner you complete your file the sooner you'll receive a decision.
  • In 2-3 days you'll receive login information for the Discover Drexel Portal where you can track the status of your application materials.
  • Apply for Financial Aid as soon as possible to ensure funds are available prior to the start of the term.

For more information, please visit Drexel Online Application Process.

Admissions Criteria

Post-college applicants must have completed a four-year degree program. An undergraduate degree in science is preferred but not required; although a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is strongly preferred.

Note for international students: Certain visa types do not permit individuals to enroll in online or hybrid programs. Foreign applicants should check with their visa sponsors for eligibility. Drexel University cannot sponsor F-1 or J1 visas for individuals interested in online, hybrid, or part-time programs.

Required Components of a Completed Application

To be considered for acceptance, an applicant must provide the following as part of a complete online application for admission. For details regarding the items below please review the Admission Application Instructions.

Graduate Admission Application

Applicants may only apply to one program. All documents submitted by you or on your behalf in support of this application for admission to Drexel University become the property of the University, and will under no circumstances be released to you or any other party.


Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. (See checklist)

Standardized Test Scores

Although standardized test scores are not required for admission to this program, they are highly recommended.

Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required for international applicants or any applicants who have earned a degree outside the U.S. Section and total scores are considered when evaluating applicants for admission. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL scores.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. If you received your degree within the last five years, it is strongly recommended that at least one letter of recommendation be provided by someone familiar with your academic qualifications and potential (e.g., your undergraduate advisor, a course instructor, or your research mentor). If you are requesting a letter from someone at your place of employment, the recommendation should be provided by a supervisor (or another more senior manager) with direct knowledge of your work and should address your scientific aptitude as well as your work ethic.

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Financial Information

Students accepted into the program pay tuition rates set for studies in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies. For current costs associated with the program, go to Drexel Central. Click on "Tuition and Fee Rates," then "2023–2024 Tuition and Fees Rates." Choose "College of Medicine" and then "Full-Time" to find the current tuition and fees for each semester in a Biomedical Graduate Studies program. If you are entering the program as a part-time student (fewer than nine credits), click on "Part-Time" to view the tuition rate for each credit hour.

Financial aid is available from many sources, such as the federal government and private organizations, or from the University itself. Financial aid may take the form of loans, grants, scholarships, or part-time employment. For information on how you can finance your education, please visit Drexel Central.

Please be aware that the Drexel University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies does not provide financial aid to international master’s students. With a few exceptions, international students are not eligible for federal financial aid. Students should confirm their eligibility for financial aid with the Drexel University Financial Aid Office. We also encourage international students to investigate funding opportunities through their own governments or private organizations.

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What Happens After the Application Has Been Submitted?

Only complete applications are reviewed upon submission. Complete applications submitted by qualified applicants undergo a three-tier review process, which takes approximately one to two weeks to complete. The review process includes an interview in-person or virtually via Skype or other similar web-conferencing system. The most competitive applicants advance to the final stages of review.

While your application is being reviewed, please feel free to take advantage of our Online Test Drive and other virtual events.

Progress Step 1

Submission of Application

College of Medicine Admissions Office

  1. Receipt of electronic applications
  2. Distribution to program directors for 1st review and triage

Progress Step 2

1st Tier Review

MS Program Directors

  1. Interview of strong applicants
  2. Competitive applicants advance to 2nd tier review
  3. Notification sent to non-competitive applicants

Progress Step 3

2nd Tier Review

MS Program Advisory Committee

  1. Review of competitive applications and interview summaries
  2. Most competitive applicants are approved and advance to 3rd tier review
  3. Notifications sent to non-competitive applicants

Progress Step 4

3rd Tier Review

Division of Interdisciplinary and Career-oriented Programs

  1. Final review of competitive applicants
  2. Final vote of approval

Progress Step 5

Acceptance of Application

  1. An official letter of offer is sent to approved applicants
  2. A notification email is sent to approved applicants when the decision is available on the Discover Drexel Portal

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How to Confirm Your Acceptance

Offers are accepted by returning a signed copy of the letter, completing an Intent to Enroll form, plus matriculation fee

Next Steps for New Students

  • You'll receive a Drexel email account and login information for Blackboard and other Drexel systems
  • Contact your academic advisor to learn about transfer credits, map out your degree plan, and register for classes
  • Order textbooks and other class materials

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