Application Process

Applicants must submit the following to be considered for admission:

  • Online application and application fee
  • Official transcripts from the registrar of all colleges and universities attended
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score sent directly from the testing agency
    • This requirement will no longer be necessary as of September 1, 2018.
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty at colleges attended by the applicant and laboratory research faculty mentors (if applicable)

Applications should be submitted by April 1 for early admission consideration. Applications received after April 1 and before June 1 will be considered on a space-available basis. All application materials must be received by EVMS Admissions and Enrollment before an application can be reviewed.

International Applicants

Transcript evaluation: International applicants who attended any institution outside of the United States must contact one of the following credentialing agencies to submit transcripts for official evaluation: 

These are preferred credentialing services. If you wish to select a company other than these, please contact us first.

Instruct the credentialing agency to send the official evaluation (and translation) directly to EVMS Admissions and Enrollment for Health Professions (address below). The third party documents must be comprehensive and include a course-by-course evaluation and a GPA calculation. Transcript quality points are a plus. 

Evaluations are mandatory even for transcripts from institutions that report grades in English. This provides EVMS with a U.S. credit equivalency and allows the transcripts to be reviewed accurately.

Note: It can take 4 to 6 weeks for transcript evaluations to arrive at EVMS after the agency receives transcripts. Plan ahead and request these documents early. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Translation: If the academic institution that you attended does not issue documents in English, the credentialing agency may require that you submit a word-for-word translation of your transcripts if they do not have this service available for purchase. You can contact University Language Services to submit your transcript for translation and instruct them to send the translated transcript to the credentialing agency.

An official transcript must also be submitted to EVMS Admissions and Enrollment. These third party documents do not exempt the applicant from this institutional requirement.

TOEFL: International applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL exam and receive a score as follows: 

  • Paper-based test: 550
  • Computer-based test: 213
  • IBT exam: 80

Please take the TOEFL exam online through the Education Testing Service (ETS), and request your TOEFL scores be sent directly to EVMS Admissions and Enrollment for Health Professions. ETS reports scores for two years after the test date. If you have previously taken the TOEFL but the two-year period has expired, the program will accept a personal copy if available.

Official transcripts, scores and supportive application documents should be electronically submitted or mailed to EVMS Admissions and Enrollment for Health Professions at the address below. If you experience technical difficulties or related problems in completing your online application, please contact:

School of Health Professions
Admissions and Enrollment
Attention: Biotechnology Master's Program
Eastern Virginia Medical School
700 W. Olney Road, Room 1155
Norfolk, VA 23507-1607

Tel: 757.446.7437 | 757.446.7153
Fax: 757.446.8915

For more information, please contact:

Aurora Kerscher, PhD 
Manager, Biotechnology Master's Program

Grace Bryant
Program Administrator, Biomedical Sciences
Phone: 757.446.5076
Fax: 757.446.6179