BDBS Selection Criteria

The Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS) Program seeks to identify applicants that best match the goals of the program.  The information below is designed to help interested applicants decide if BDBS is for them. 

Selection Criteria  

The goal of the BDBS is to expose trainees to biomedical research and help students interested in pursuing biomedical research careers solidify their career choice.  The program is specifically designed for trainees who hope to enter into PhD or MD/PhD programs.  Successful applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to pursue this type of training.  Commitment will be assessed based on the personal statement. Participation in research activities during undergraduate training or as a part of a work experience is highly encouraged, but not absolutely required.  Letters of recommendation that specifically address an applicant's commitment to future PhD or MD/PhD training are also very important.  Successful applicants should have undergraduate academic preparation that relates to biomedical sciences and have performed in these courses at a level that indicates their ability to succeed in graduate school.


The BDBS Program does not conduct interviews for applicants. 

Contact Information

Office of the Dean – Admissions
Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Suite 813
Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: (617) 636-6767
Email: Send an e-mail  

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development