Information on admissions to the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Certificate

As of June, 2021, our program is opening the Certificate for Fall, Spring and Summer admissions. Applications for Spring '22 are currently open through the application deadline of December 1st, 2021. 

About the Program & Prerequisites

Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree is a prerequisite for entering the Biomedical Sciences Certificate Program. Students may apply to the certificate program prior to receiving their bachelor's degree, but must have received the degree prior to starting the certificate program.

  • While it is expected that the applicant's undergraduate major normally be in the natural sciences, students with degrees in other fields who have sufficient coursework in the natural sciences will also be considered. 
  • Concurrent enrollment in a degree program is permitted, with the exception of the Masters in Cellular and Molecular Medicine degree program
  • The certificate will require that students complete a minimum of 12 units of credit, taken from a list of required and elective courses

Please note that the Biomedical Sciences Certificate Program has a program fee component.  Students who are active in the program will be charged a $50/unit fee to all classes, in addition to any fees that may belong to other programs.  These fees apply to CMM- and non-CMM courses.

Application Components

  1. Personal Statement (up to 200 words) - Explain your motivation for pursuing graduate school, including your career goals after completion of the program.  Explain why the Biomedical Sciences Certificate Program is a good match for you and describe what you expect to gain from and contribute to the program.  
  2. CV/resume - upload a copy of your curriculum vitae/resume in PDF format.
  3. There is also the option to include one or more letter(s) of recommendation, submitted on your behalf. 
    • Ideally, these letters should be written by professors, research or professional supervisors, etc.  that can speak to your academic and research ability.
  • International applicants will be considered for admission.  All applicants must meet the requirements of the Graduate College concerning proficiency in the English language. Information on accepted English proficiency tests and minimum scores can be found at the UA Admissions site.
  • The Graduate College GPA policy offers guidelines for GPA requirements as admissions decisions are based on the total application. https://grad.arizona.edu/admissions/requirements/grade-point-average.     

Transfer Policies

  • Courses that are counted toward the requirements of the Certificate Program may, at a later date, also be counted toward the requirements of the Masters Degree program at the discretion of the degree program. 
  • Up to 3 units of graduate credit may be transferred from other institutions and applied to the Certificate program, at the discretion of the student's advisory committee. 

Student Advising , Forms, etc.

  • Students will receive advice and guidance during their time in the certificate program, including advice on courses selection, career paths, possible future uses of the certificate, and opportunities for advanced education or professional training.  Each student will be assigned a CMM faculty member as primary advisor when he or she accepts admission into our program.  These individuals work closely with the Graduate Program Coordinator(s), to ensure that students remain academically on track and in good standing within both the graduate program as well as the UA Graduate College.
  • Every student will be required to file forms in GradPath, the UA Graduate College's milestone tracking system.  Visit here for more information.
  • A student in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Certificate Program may apply to the Masters in Cellular and Molecular Medicine program.   This process will require completion of a separate application, and applicants must still meet the minimum requirements for consideration.