Frequently Asked Questions
I only have interest in applying to one program. Do I have to select a second program interest?
No. You do not need to select a secondary interest.
What information should I include in my personal statement?
Use this outline to prepare your personal statement:
- List your prior research experience in chronological order, indicating the role you played in each project. Include copies of abstracts and manuscripts published or in press. (Note: Upload your manuscript or abstract documents in the section provided.)
- Indicate which has been your most satisfying research project and why it was satisfying to you.
- Summarize your current scientific interests and career goals.
- Specifically answer the question, "Why do you want to be a biomedical scientist?"
How long should my personal statement be?
Two to four pages if single-spaced or three to five pages if double-spaced.
I have a resume or CV (or both) that I would like to include with my application. Where do I add this to my application?
In the online application, there is an area called Resume/CV. You may upload your documents there.
Are official transcripts needed for my application?
No. Unofficial transcripts are requested for your application. Upload transcripts in the area provided in the online application.
What if my transcript document is too large and will not upload?
Refer to the application requirements page for information on how to upload your transcripts.
May my recommenders send you a hard copy of the letter rather than use the online system?
No. All letters must be submitted via the online application.
May I submit letters of recommendation through other online tools?
No. All letters must be submitted via the online application.
I have been out of school for several years, and there is no one left who can write an academic recommendation for me. May my employer write one?
The purpose of submitting letters of recommendation is to give the admissions faculty an indication of your ability to do scholarly research. It is recommended that current or former professors in your major-field courses and previous research area be asked by you to submit your recommendations, as they would have the best idea of your research potential.
What if I want to send more than the required number (three) of letters of recommendation?
Three letters of recommendation are required, though you may submit a fourth letter.
Will you consider a copy of my GRE score for application review?
Yes. Upload a copy of your GRE in the area provided in the application.
I am applying for admission for summer 2014. What is the cutoff date for my GRE scores?
GRE test scores must be within five years of July 2014.
If I take the GRE in November, will my scores arrive in time for fellowship and scholarship competition?
The only answer we can give is maybe. There have been years when the scoring by the Educational Testing Service was delayed, and the score reports were received too long after the deadline for file review. It is best to take the test three to four months before the application deadline.
Will you consider a copy of my TOEFL score for application review?
Yes. Upload a copy of your TOEFL score in the area provided in the application.
I am a foreign student. My TOEFL score is more than 2 years old, so the Educational Testing Service will not send official scores to you. Will you accept a photocopy?
Yes. For application review, you can upload a copy of your scores. Should you receive an appointment, you will be required to submit an official score sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Mayo Graduate School. Scores will need to be current.
I am a foreign student who completed a bachelor's-level program in the U.S. Will the TOEFL be waived?
Mayo Graduate School does not require English language testing scores from those who have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution where the language of instruction is English and the country language is English, for example, U.S., Canada or U.K.
I am a foreign student who completed a master's-level program in the U.S., although my undergraduate work was taken at a non-English speaking institution abroad. Because I have a U.S. master's degree, will the TOEFL score requirement be waived?
Mayo Graduate School does not require English language testing scores from those who have earned a graduate degree from an accredited institution where the language of instruction is English and the country language is English, for example, U.S., Canada or U.K.
I am in the process of completing my degree from an English-speaking institution. Do I need to submit a TOEFL score
If you are in the process of earning a degree from an institution where the primary language of instruction is English and that is in an English-speaking country, such as Canada or the U.K., and will have two or more years of instruction, you do not need to submit a TOEFL score. However, you must earn the degree before you enroll at Mayo Graduate School or you must provide the TOEFL.
I have publication(s) and would like to include them with my application for review. How can I submit them?
Upload the first two pages of each publication, which should contain the abstract and introduction section. Should the admissions committee like additional information regarding your publication, you will be contacted directly. Be sure the name of the publication and your name are listed.
I have poster presentation award certificates. How can I include them for consideration?
Combine any poster presentation award certificate information with your publication document and upload it as one document. If the document is too large to upload, condense the information in a Word document in outline format.
What will happen to my application if I miss the deadline?
Online applications must be submitted by the Dec. 1 deadline for application review.
If I meet the required deadlines, when can I expect to receive a decision?
Please exercise patience while waiting for your admission decision. You will be notified via email about the status of your application as it becomes confirmed.
Does Mayo Graduate School accept three-year bachelor's degrees?
Yes. Mayo Graduate School welcomes students with three-year bachelor's degrees to apply for admission.