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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

Dr. James Morris

James Morris, M.D./Ph.D., a professor in our Biology department, has broad interests in genetics, epigenetics, evolution, and medicine, and has "been fortunate over the years to be able to teach and work in these fields. At Brandeis, I am pursuing these diverse interests by focusing on teaching, writing, research, and science education. I am particularly excited about a new course, Project Laboratory in Genetics and Genomics. This course gives students a chance to do a genuine, independent, laboratory-based research project in the context of a semester-long course. In addition, we take time in this class to learn to read and write research papers." His current research focuses on epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation. 


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We look forward to reviewing your application. Instructions for applying are below.  Please feel free to visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' (GSAS) Frequently Asked Questions page or email GSAS if you need additional instructions.

Prerequisites

This full-time program is designed for U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have not taken the courses required for admission to medical and other health professional schools (or who have taken a full year of both General Chemistry and Biology with lab for Track 3: Finisher Track).  Students accepted to the Finisher Track will typically have grades in Chemistry and Biology of 3.3 or higher. Please note that international students (non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents) are not eligible to apply to this program.

If a student does not already have a year of college math, we strongly recommend, prior to enrollment, one semester of calculus and one semester of statistics. At Brandeis, these courses would be Math 10a (Methods and Techniques of Calculus) and one of the following courses: Biology 51a (Biostatistics), Psychology 51a (Psychology Statistics), Math 8a (Introduction to Probability and Statistics), or equivalent.


Admission Semester & Deadlines

TRACKS 1 & 2:

  • Begins in the fall (at the end of August): 21-month program
  • Deadline:  Applications are considered on a rolling basis, beginning in October until the cohort is full.  Please note: June 1 is a PRIORITY deadline.  Applications received by this date will have priority consideration.

TRACK 3 (Finisher Track):

  • Begins in the summer (summer session runs from early June through mid-August): 15-month program
  • The special Finisher Track is for select students who have already successfully completed a full year of both General Chemistry and Biology with lab and who are prepared to take Organic Chemistry with lab in the summer session.
  • Deadline:  Applications are considered on a rolling basis, beginning in October until the cohort is full.   Please note: May 1 is a PRIORITY deadline for Summer Session.  Applications received by this date will have priority consideration.


Admission Requirements

To apply for the program, you need to submit:

  • An application to the graduate school, submitted electronically.

  • An application fee.

  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. Current college seniors should submit fall grades. Please note that while eligible students have a GPA of 3.0, most accepted students have a GPA of 3.3 or above. For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

  • Two letters of recommendation, submitted online. One letter should be from an academic reference.

  • curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé.

  • statement of purpose indicating your motivation for undertaking post-baccalaureate study in the premedical sciences.

  • Standardized tests scores from either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (official report or indicated on high school transcript), ACT, OR the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are required. Our ETS institution code is 3092.

  • Interview: after an initial application screening, we will contact selected candidates for an interview. Interviews will be conducted in person, via phone, or Skype; the format will not impact the admission decision.