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Masters Degrees in the Basic Sciences
Candidates seeking traditional Master's Degrees in the any following basic science research disciplines must identify potential mentors and apply directly to the discipline in which they would like to study. Upon matriculation, these students immediately enter their mentor's laboratory to begin research work and discipline-specific advanced coursework.
|Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Cell Biology and Anatomy
Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
|Microbiology and Immunology
Physiology and Biophysics
The instructions below outline the steps necessary to begin a Master's application.
- Review the Application Requirements
- Submit the Application Form
- The Fall 2024 application opens November 2023.
- The Deadline for application submission and receipt of all supporting documentation is Wednesday January 3, 2024 (11:59 PM, Central, Standard Time).
- Early application is strongly encouraged.
- Stipends are awarded on a competitive basis.
- Submit Transcripts
- For completed coursework and/or degrees, candidates must submit final, official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, regardless of whether or not a degree was earned at the institution. This includes community or junior colleges that may have been transferred to a 4-year university. If sent electronically, only official electronic transcripts submitted through your institution's Registrar or its third-party processor will be accepted. If sent by U.S. mail, official paper transcripts will be accepted only if sent by your institution's Registrar and sent in a signed and sealed envelope by the Registrar to the address listed below.
- For any in progress coursework, candidates must submit an official transcript from the colleges or universities where they are currently enrolled. If sent electronically, only official electronic transcripts submitted through your institution's Registrar or its third-party processor will be accepted. If sent by U.S. mail, official paper transcripts will be accepted only if sent by your institution's Registrar and sent in a signed and sealed envelope by the Registrar to the address listed below.
- Submit Letters of Recommendation
- Three letters must be submitted in support of an application. These letters must be written by professionals who are qualified to comment on your potential for graduate study and research. A letter from the candidate’s primary research mentor is required. Two additional letters of recommendation are required, which can be from professionals and/or academicians who know you well.
- Letters of recommendation must be written on institutional letterhead from the author's place of employment.
- These letters must be mailed in sealed letterhead envelopes, bearing the author's signature across the back seal, to Rosalind Franklin University at the address below.
International applicants from areas in which English is not the primary language and who have not attended a university or college in the U.S., full-time, for at least two consecutive years must provide an official report of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) scores. This test must have been taken within the last two years.
Scores must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (www.ets.org). Please use Institution code 1117 and Department code 30 for "Other Biological Sciences" when requesting scores. Please note that we do not accept IELTS, Duolingo, TOEFL Essentials or any other exam in place of the TOEFL iBT.
Please refer to our International Applicants page for more information.
Materials Submission Address
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Office of Graduate Admissions
3333 Green Bay Rd.
North Chicago, IL 60064-3095
Do not send materials to RFUCAS in Massachusetts.