Students may apply for entry into the MS in medical sciences program in either the fall or spring semesters. For the best chances of gaining admission to the program, an applicant should have one year of general or inorganic chemistry, one year of organic chemistry (or one semester of organic chemistry and one semester of biochemistry) and at least one year of biology.

Fall Application Deadlines

Domestic Applications: June 1

International Applications: March 15

Spring Application Deadlines

Domestic Applications: November 1

International Applications: August 15


Applicants should meet the following requirements for admission into the Graduate School and the MS in Medical Sciences program:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited institution of higher learning.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.9 and graduate GPA of 3.0.
  • GRE/MCAT/DAT test scores are optional.
    • If you wish to submit a GRE score,  use Institution Code 1837 to submit scores to the Graduate School from the reporting agency. 


Personal Statement Instructions

Briefly describe any research experience you have had, listing academic honors, including fellowships, publications, etc. List any courses in biology, chemistry, or physics that are not on your transcripts and which you expect to complete before enrolling at the University of Kentucky. Please answer the following questions in your personal statement:

  • In one paragraph, describe your educational and career goals for attending graduate school
  • In one paragraph, describe why you have chosen to apply to this program;
  • If you have already obtained your degree, describe in one paragraph your activities since graduation;
  • Do you believe your academic record is an accurate reflection of your potential? If not, please comment.

All applications must follow the requirements of the University of Kentucky Graduate School. The online application form for the Graduate School may be accessed here. Three (3) letters of recommendation will be requested when you apply to the Graduate School. You will be asked to provide the names and contact information of three faculty members who are familiar with your undergraduate and graduate coursework, research, etc. Please note that applying to the Graduate School is required for official admission to the University of Kentucky.

International Students

For international applicants, a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL (maximum 667) and a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL (maximum 300) or a minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (maximum 120); all applicants must demonstrate proficiency in verbal and written English.

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For a list of common questions and answers, please see our MSMS FAQ.

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