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Admissions Standards

Successful applicants will generally have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree with a GPA of 3.00 or better.


Successful applicants will also have:

  • An undergraduate major in one of the basic scientific disciplines or engineering
  • Or, will have strong multidisciplinary training with completion of at least six semesters of coursework in the natural sciences, generally to include biology, chemistry, and/or physics
  • Preparation in mathematics at least through integral calculus is strongly encouraged

Students who do not meet these criteria need to identify a faculty advocate who must bring a request for an exception before the Admissions Committee.  At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, applicants may make up deficiencies in prior coursework either before or after admission is granted to IMS. Consideration will be on a case-by-case basis.

Candidates may apply for admission at either the Masters or Doctoral level.  Students admitted directly into the Doctoral Program are expected to have exceptional academic credentials and/or work experience.  Students entering with a Bachelor’s degree may be required to complete the requirements of a Masters degree before admission to the Doctoral Program.  Students entering with a Masters can be admitted at the Doctoral level provided the degree, coursework and research experience warrant such a decision by the Admissions Committee.

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