ADMISSIONS / APPLICATION
(See also Basic Admission Requirements)
When is your application deadline?
Our application deadline is March 1 for the following
fall. Only applications which have ALL supporting documentation in
place by March 1 will be evaluated for admission. Incomplete
applications will not be read. Applications received after the
deadline will be placed on a waiting list and evaluated on a
What are the prerequisites for entering the program?
Are they different for international students?
Like all programs offered through the Graduate School of Arts
and Sciences, we require all applicants to have a minimum of a
bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. We welcome
students from a wide variety of backgrounds; students most commonly
come to us with degrees in biological science, medicine, nursing, other
health science, social science, computer
science, mathematics/statistics, or law.
Students wishing to apply to the program must complete the Graduate
Sciences application form and submit all supporting
documentation: a statement of purpose (rationale for pursuing
graduate study in this field), transcripts of all college and
university coursework completed, a minimum of two letters of
recommendation, and GRE/MCAT/GMAT/LSAT/PCAT scores as applicable
(see GRE FAQ for more
International students without green cards must meet these same
additionally must demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency by
performance on the TOEFL (see TOEFL FAQ
page for specific information). An official TOEFL score
report should be submitted with the application. All
international students enrolling at UVa must have valid, appropriate
visas and guarantees of financial support while in the US--contact the
International Studies Office for specifics.
Should I worry about the January 15 deadline listed on the
No. Selection of the recipient of our one small financial
aid award takes place in June or later.
When will I find out whether I've been admitted?
Our office does not have a rolling admissions policy.
All applications are evaluated after our March 1 application
deadline. We then send our recommendations to GSAS, and their
office generates the official notification letter. U.S. students
whose applications are complete as of March 1 can expect to
receive notification by mid April. We
will not announce final admissions decisions to students
prior to release of the official letter from GSAS.
International students' applications are subject to additional
review by the International Studies Office, which can incur delays,
especially if visa status is in question or a student's financial
documents are incomplete. For guidance on how best to ensure a
trouble-free review, contact Richard Tanson, International Student
Do I have to be an MD to qualify for admission to the
No. While we do count many MDs among our enrollees, anyone who
holds at least a Bachelor's degree can apply for admission to the
program, and we are very proud of our students' great diversity of
backgrounds. We have designed the program to be of use to nurses,
administrators, drug and device evaluators, and recent
undergraduates as well as clinical fellows and other MDs.
Can I be admitted during the spring semester?
No. Spring semester admission is awkward because most PHS
courses offered in
the spring have one or more fall courses as prerequisites, so you would
able to complete the program in one year. Enrolling in spring does
not save you any time and it is also costlier in the long
Do you require an admission interview?
No; however, pre-admission interviews are encouraged for those
who wish to tour the grounds and meet one-on-one with faculty
members before deciding whether to accept admission. In addition,
we occasionally call students in for interviews when we feel we need
more information to evaluate their applications. We are happy to
speak to applicants or prospective students at any point in the
application or admission process.
I would like to apply for the program, but my GPA is lower
than average. Is there anything I can do to improve my chances?
If your overall GPA is lower than 3.0, we recommend that
before applying for
admission you take a college-level math (preferably college algebra) or
statistics course, or a computer programming course. If you can show us
that you can excel in this type of coursework, we will take this into
account when evaluating your application. Please bear in mind
that our program is very quantitatively demanding as well as
time-intensive; students who have struggled with math skills or time
management priorities in the past tend to flounder in our
program. Furthermore, as our applicant pool grows, competition
for admission is growing more intense.