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Biomedicine and Law (BMLA) Admission Requirements

Post-college applicants to the Master of Science in Biomedicine and Law program (BMLA) 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 desired, an applicant with a lower cumulative GPA will be considered if other strengths are apparent in the application.

Applicants must also fulfill the following requirements for consideration:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Essay/Personal statement
  • Résumé
  • References from at least three instructors or professionals

Admissions Exams

Official test scores from graduate and professional admission exams, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), are optional but highly desirable.

Submitting an Application

Online applications are accepted all year round for consideration for fall admission. Students may defer admission by one year. All admission decisions are made at the College of Medicine.

For International Applicants

International applicants (non-United States citizens) must meet the same requirements for admission as students from the United States. If an applicant has previously attended college outside of the United States an official course-by-course transcript evaluation is required. Evaluations from the following are accepted:

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate the ability to speak, write, and understand the English language by submitting an acceptable score (>577 paper-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). IELTS scores (>7) may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL scores. Test scores may be waived if the applicant has earned a bachelor's or an advanced degree (MS or Doctoral) from a US institution or from an institution in a country in which English is the official language.

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.

Letters of Recommendation

Three 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 other more senior manager) with direct knowledge of your work and should address your scientific aptitude as well as your work ethic.

To request recommendations electronically, you must list your recommenders and their contact information on your application. You should follow up with your recommenders to ensure they received your recommendation request — they may need to check their junk mail folder. Additionally, it is your responsibility to confirm that your recommenders will submit letters by your application deadline and to follow up with recommenders who have not completed their recommendations. You can request recommendations as you build your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.