Frequently Asked Questions:
MS/MBS Program

ADMISSIONS

Is your admissions process rolling?
Yes, we begin reviewing applications in February and immediately begin accepting students. If you are not immediately accepted, you will be notified as to whether your application was put on hold or rejected.

I have a GPA of 2.9 and an MCAT score of 23. What are my chances of getting in?
We cannot provide a "preview" of your credentials other than to reiterate the statement on our website: "Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their undergraduate academic record and recommendations from two individuals knowledgeable about the student's academic potential.  All applicants for admission are required to have a baccalaureate degree that includes the following courses:  General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology, and Physics.  The majority of students accepted have a cumulative and science GPA of 3.0 or higher. However, students with lower GPAs may be accepted if their record shows marked improvement in the latter years of their undergraduate career. Keep in mind that we cannot evaluate a candidate without having the complete application in the context of the other applications submitted in the same cycle.”

Is an interview required for this program?
No. We may invite some students for interviews, but there is no mandatory interview process at this time.

Will the office notify me once all required application materials are received?
No. If you wish to check the status of your application click here "Check Your Status"

Do you prefer New Jersey residents?
No, we do not reserve seats for NJ residents.

I applied to the MSBS program, but I meant to apply to the MBS program. How do I change my preference?
There is no need. You have until November to decide which track to pursue.

Is there any way that I could make arrangements to take a tour of the building and speak with someone about housing options/ suggestions?
We are happy to meet with prospective students. Please simply email rwjmsmasters@gsbs.rutgers.edu to set up an appointment.

Can I apply for admission beginning in the Spring semester?
Yes, we offer Spring admissions.

Is it possible to participate in the program as a non-matriculated student?
In general, no. This program is very popular and it is rare that seats will be available. Please contact the program before applying.

What is the FAFSA code for Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School?
002629.

TEST SCORES

What is the ETS code for submission of GRE and TOEFL scores to Rutgers GSBS at RWJMS?
2786. There is no department code.

How do I submit an MCAT score?
Use the AAMC THx score reporting system to have your score sent to “Rutgers School of Graduate Studies Piscataway & Newark.” We use a single reporting system for both campuses.

Can I submit GRE scores or is an MCAT score required for the MBS program?
We recommend that if you haven’t taken the MCAT, you should consider postponing until after you’ve completed some of your post-bac courses. The course content will be of value for your MCAT prep. Your MCAT score is a VERY important part of your Med School application - do not rush to take it before you are 110% ready just to gain entrance to a post-bac program.

Your application deadline is June 15, but I won't be taking the MCAT until mid April. Will you accept scores after the deadline?
This year we are accepting MCAT scores through the mid April test date, but your application won't be reviewed until we receive your scores and we MUST have all other materials in by June 15. Keep in mind that this will put you at a disadvantage since your application will be reviewed at the very end of the cycle when many of our seats will be filled. We highly recommend you take the GREs for entrance into a post-bac program and delay taking the MCAT until you are 110% ready.

Can I send in the application form without an MCAT/GRE score so that my recommendations and transcript can be sent in as soon as possible and remain on file?
Yes, but we must have all supporting items by the application deadline.

Can I submit a Pre-Health Advisor’s committee letter that was prepared for Med School admissions in lieu of individual letter’s of recommendation?
Yes.

LETTERS OF RECOMENDATION

I already have letters filed in Interfolio. Can I send them using this letter service?
Yes, we accept letters of recommendation from Interfolio.

Who should my letters of reference be from?
Your letters of recommendation should come from individuals that know how you are likely to cope with graduate and/or medical education. Ideally, they should be from faculty or clinical mentors that know you well and can evaluate your level of professionalism and maturity.

CURRICULUM

Do you offer individual tutoring if needed?
Yes, our Cognitive Skills program offers exam review and individualized tutoring. In addition most courses have several review sessions prior to exams.

For the Gross Anatomy class, do the students conduct dissections, or do they review previously dissected cadavers?
Our gross anatomy course is a dissection course. You, along with about five other students, will have your own cadaver to dissect.

What will my schedule look like?
All of our classes are held during daytime hours, generally in the afternoon.

PROGRAM SUPPORT

Do students have access to MCAT Prep?
We do not offer a prep course that would provide the same service asprivate review programs. We do, however, have a Cognitive Skills program that can help you with MCAT prep strategies such as honing test-taking skills, assessments of verbal reasoning ability and help determining which strategy might be best for you.

What are the beginning and end dates for the MSBS program?
Our program follows the Rutgers GSBS at RWJMS academic calendar. Although individual courses may vary, in general classes begin in early September and end by mid-May.

Do students have access to Medical School Pre-Admission Counseling Services?
Yes, we have a member of the RWJMS admissions team helping us with your Med School admissions questions.

Does the program provide a committee letter for Med School applications?
Yes.

What is the typical class size?
Our entering class is between 70 - 80 students.

I have already applied to the Newark campus.  Can I transfer my application to the Piscataway program?
No. You must apply separately to each program.

Is it possible to transfer credits from the Master's program to medical school?
No.

What would you say are the major differences in the MBS and MSBS
Program?

In a word, research. The MSBS program is a research program that will put you in a lab full time for at least two years. The MBS program can be completed in one year, if you choose, and only requires one research-based course, the Capstone.

What is the difference between the MS/MBS programs in Newark and Piscataway campuses?
Each program was developed independently to meet the needs at each campus. We encourage you to study each program website to learn about the details and find the prorgams that best match your career plans and educational needs.

I’ve been accepted into the Newark MBS program. Can I transfer this acceptance into the Piscataway program?
No. You must apply separately to each program.

Is there funding available in the form of scholarships for MSBS or MBS students?
Unfortunately at this time we do not have any funds available for scholarships or grants. Please visit the Financial aid website for more information.

How do I get information about housing and life in Piscataway/New Brunswick?
You can visit the Student Life section of the GSBS website.

Do you offer the Master's in Biomedical science/MPH (dual degree) as is the case for the Newark program?
Not at this time. We are currently in the process of exploring the feasibility of this option. Depending on the SPH program, you may be able to transfer up to 12 credits of MBS work toward your MPH degree. Please contact the School of Public Health program that you are interested in for more information.

RWJMS ACCELERATED APPLICATION PROGRAM

Are there any links between the Masters in Biomedical Sciences and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School?
Yes. The highest performing students in the MBS program are eligible for consideration for the Accelerated Application Program (AAP) at RWJMS. See this website for details.

Is it necessary to apply to the "Accelerated Application Program" or are all students automatically eligible?
If you meet the eligibility requirements after completing your first 14 credits in the MBS program and if you meet all other requirements, you may be asked to apply to the program office.

Are students guaranteed admission to Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School?
No, the accelerated application program provides the possibility of avoiding a ”glide” year. Students who qualify for and are selected to apply to the accelerated application program are guaranteed an interview with RWJMS. The number of RWJMS slots available through this program is limited since these interviews are held in late spring.

Can I apply to RWJMS during the regular cycle and then apply to the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) Accelerated Application Program if I were to meet the requirements? 
No, you can only submit one application per year. If you apply to Rutgers RWJMS during the regular cycle, you will NOT be eligible for the Accelerated Application Program in the same year.

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