Free On-Line Application!

Select “Developmental Biology” as your first choice program.
Questions on applying? Contact Andy Groves and Roy Sillitoe.


Application deadline:

The application deadline is Jan. 1, 2017. However, applications received by Dec. 1, 2016 will be considered for early review and are strongly encouraged. Classes start in August (only).


Entrance into the Program in Developmental Biology requires a baccalaureate degree or equivalent and acceptable undergraduate performance. No restrictions are placed on the type of undergraduate major. Research experience is strongly recommended. Students from underrepresented groups in science are strongly encouraged to apply. We believe that diversity within the student body enhances the educational environment for all; therefore, we welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to promoting equal opportunity for all who are interested in research careers.

A complete application includes:

    • Free On-Line Application form
    • Personal/Research Statement (including research interests and career goals).
    • Official transcript from every school attended.
    • Minimum three letters of recommendation (including at least one letter from a research advisor).
    • Official General GRE scores (not more than 3 years old).
    • TOEFL scores for international applicants who have not attended an English speaking university (not more than 2 years old).

Application mailing address:

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza, N204
Mail Stop Code BCM 215
Houston, TX 77030-3498

What happens to the applications?

Applications are evaluated and qualified applicants are invited to visit the Program at Baylor College of Medicine to meet participating faculty members and students (at our expense). Qualified international applicants are either invited to visit the Program or interviewed over the phone. Interviews are coordinated by the Program Administrator’s Office.

Interview weekend for 2017:

Feb. 15-18, 2017

Questions on applying?


Andy K. Groves, Ph.D.
Director, Program in Developmental Biology, Baylor College of Medicine
Department of Neuroscience
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza 633E
Houston, Texas 77030, U.S.A.
Tel: (713) 798-8743

Roy V. Sillitoe, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Program in Developmental Biology, Baylor College of Medicine
Department of Pathology & Immunology
Baylor College of Medicine
NRI – 1250 Moursund St., Suite 1325.01
Houston, Texas 77030, U.S.A.
Tel: (832) 824-8913

More information on the Graduate Program

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