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The Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences Program encourages and welcomes applications from minority applicants, and from students with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students from these groups are encouraged to apply for the Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI) as part of their application to the Pharmacology program. See below for more information on the VTSI -- please note the earlier application deadline.

How to Apply

All materials must be submitted through the online application. The deadline for applying is December 8 (those also applying to the VTSI must apply by December 1). All applications must include:

  • Unofficial copies of grade transcripts (official copies will be required upon matriculation)
  • Your resume (including research experience, publications, posters, and presentations)
  • A personal statement (within this one page statement you should express your commitment to graduate school, communicate your level of engagement in research, and describe how your career interests fit with those of our Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences program)
  • Three letters of recommendation (we suggest least one letter should be from a past or current academic or research advisor)

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required and scores will not be reviewed if submitted.

*Failure to submit a complete application may result in a significant delay in the application review process.

Additional Requirements for International Students

In addition to the application requirements listed above, international students must provide TOEFL or IELTS exam scores. We do not accept scores from other forms of proficiency exams. The TOEFL or IELTS requirement will be waived if an international student has completed a degree, or will complete a degree prior to matriculation, at an institution where the primary language of instruction is English. Our ETS Institution Code for TOEFL and IELTS is 5316.

International students receive the same tuition and stipend support as domestic students.

It is not necessary to identify an advisor prior to applying.

Vivien Thomas PhD Scholars

The Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI) is a new endowed fellowship program at Johns Hopkins for PhD students in STEM fields. It provides full tuition, stipend, and benefits while also providing targeted mentoring, networking, community, and professional development opportunities. Students who have attended a historically black college and university (HBCU) or other minority serving institution (MSI) for undergraduate study are eligible to apply. To be considered as a Vivien Thomas Scholar, all application and supplementary materials must be received by December 1, 2022.

Financial Support

All admitted students (domestic and international) receive funding that provides a stipend and full payment of tuition, fees, and individual health insurance benefits (medical, dental, vision).

Criminal Background Check

All Johns Hopkins University graduate students who are accepted will be subject to criminal background investigations. Generally, all offers of admission to School of Medicine degree programs will be conditioned on satisfactory criminal background investigations.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Applicants should have a bachelor's degree from a qualified college or university with a major in any of the biological, chemical, or physical sciences. Entering students are expected to have completed college-level courses in biology, chemistry (inorganic, organic, and physical), calculus, and physics; a strong background in biochemistry is particularly desirable.

  • There is no required minimum. Most competitive applicants will score at or above 100 on the TOEFL or 4.0 on the IELTS.

  • There is no minimum GPA requirement.

  • The School of Medicine offers fee waivers to US citizens and permanent residents meeting eligibility criteria. More information on fee waivers can be found here.

  • If you do not meet eligibility criteria described here, a limited number of fee waivers may be granted to students who can sufficiently demonstrate financial need. Requests for waivers must be made no later than November 30th by emailing the Program Administrator at Requests received after November 30th will not be considered.

  • You may check the current status of your application at any time in the application portal.

    Invitations to interview are generally issued by late December. Most US citizens and permanent residents can expect a decision by the end of January. Review of international students can expect a decision by mid-February.



Questions about the application should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions at Please note that they are unable to answer questions about the interview or acceptance status of individual applications. Eligibility requirements and instructions for requesting a fee waiver are available here.

For questions specific to the Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences graduate program, please e-mail

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