Admissions Procedure

When you pursue a graduate degree from the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology, your first year will be interdisciplinary and you will apply to the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (BIMS). BIMS is an interdisciplinary program that will permit degree selection and specialization after your first year. Applications are available through

What is BIMS?

Please note: On the application, the section “Application Information” needs specific information so that your application will be sent to the right group of people.

Students should indicate “Biomedical Sciences” as the “department applied to”.

On the application, the section “Research Interests” needs 3 Research Disciplines:

Choose up to three appropriate “Disciplines”, under “Research Interests”  which will help us to understand your interests and to identify potential faculty members whose research interests may mesh with your personal interests.

While applications to BIMS may be submitted through the spring, students seeking full financial support (stipend, tuition and fees, and health insurance), are encouraged to use a deadline date of December 15th to ensure timely consideration of their application. Paper applications will not be accepted.


If you have questions about the application process, you may contact:
Sandy Weirich
Graduate Admissions
Jordan Hall Box 800734
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0734

Admission is based on various criteria, including transcripts, GRE score (the general exam is required), prior research experience and letters of recommendation. Applicants whose native language is not English must receive a score of at least 600 on the TOEFL. Candidates may be invited to a personal interview before they are offered a position in the program. Foreign applicants may be interviewed on the telephone.

Financial Aid: All students in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology receive a stipend that is competitive with that offered by other institutions and the cost of living in Charlottesville is low. The current minimum stipend of $27500 per year may be supplemented by competitive grants and fellowships. In addition, the Department pays tuition, fees, health insurance, and travel costs to scientific meetings when students present their work. For more information, please contact the department directly.

Information For Prospective International Students