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The Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences Program encourages and welcomes applications from minority applicants, and from applicants with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students from these groups are encouraged to apply for the Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative 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, 2021. 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)
  • Graduate Record Exams (GRE) are not required

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

International Applicants

The same application requirements listed above are required of all international applicants. In addition, there is requirement for TOEFL or IELTS exam scores. We do not accept scores from other forms of proficiency exams. The TOEFL or IELTS requirement may be waived if an international student has completed a degree at an institution where the primary language of instruction is English. Our ETS Institution Code for TOEFL and IEFTS is 5316. International students receive the same tuition and stipend support as domestic students throughout their graduate studies. It is not necessary to identify an advisor prior to applying.

Financial Aid

All admitted students (domestic and international) receive an award that provides a stipend and full payment of tuition, fees, and individual health insurance premiums.

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. More information about the VTSI program is available here. To be considered for the VTSI, all application and supplementary materials must be received by December 1, 2021.

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.


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 acceptance status of an individual application. 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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