Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs
College of Medicine

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Admissions Information
Ph.D. Master's International Students

A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university MUST BE EARNED by the start of classes.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 OR
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the sciences
  • Minimum GRE (General Exam) score of 1000* OR
  • Minimum MCAT score of 20 or
  • Minimum DAT score of 16

*A revised version of the GRE which includes a new scoring scale was recently released. Minimum score equivalencies between the old scoring scale and the revised scale can be found online at Scores from both the old and new versions of the GRE will be accepted provided that the scores are less than 5 years old and can be reported by ETS.

Minimum score requirements for the old GRE are as follows:
Minimum combined score (verbal + quantitative) = 1000

Minimum score requirements for the revised GRE are as follows:
Minimum combined score (verbal + quantitative) =297

Basic Science Requirements

The minimum basic science requirements include introductory courses and laboratories in the following:

2 Semesters - 3 Quarters
  • in each subject
  • English
  • Biological Science including laboratory
  • General Chemistry including laboratory
  • Organic Chemistry including laboratory
  • Mathematics
  • Physics including laboratory

College courses recommended, but not required, include physical chemistry or biological chemistry, biochemistry, embryology, cell biology comparative anatomy, genetics, histology, microbiology and statistics. College level work in calculus is strongly recommended. Consideration should be given by the student to participation in honors courses, independent study, and scientific research.

Overall M.S. Admissions Averages

2014 cycle -GPA: 3.33 MCAT: 26 GRE: 308

2013 cycle -GPA: 3.28 MCAT: 26 GRE: 308

Can any other exams be used for admissions?

The GRE (General Exam) or MCAT scores will be considered for admission to all programs. Students applying to the pre-professional Medical Science Masterís degree are allowed to submit any of the health professional tests (e.g., PCAT, VCAT, and DAT).

Can test scores be submitted at a later date?

Test scores may be submitted after you have submitted your primary and secondary application. We will NOT review an application until we have received test scores.

Suppose I do not meet the minimum requirements for admissions?

Completing a certificate program is a good way to get a fresh start. Credits from the Health Science certificate can transfers into the 100% online Health Science master's concentration with approval from the director of the program. Please visit USF Graduate Certificates for more details regarding certificate programs. Please note that credits from the certificate program are not eligible to transfer to the MS in Medical Sciences pre-professional track.

Review Process

In an effort to be fair to all our applicants, our admissions committee will not review any applicant without a complete application or inform a prospective applicant if they are competitive. All applications are holistically reviewed by the admissions committee. If you do not meet the suggested minimum admission criteria, you can still apply and your application will be reviewed. This policy is to ensure equality and objectivity in our admissions process.

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