How to Apply to Dartmouth’s Quantitative Biomedical Sciences Programs

Dartmouth’s Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (QBS) master’s and doctoral degrees are innovative interdisciplinary programs that are preparing elite professionals to solve complex biomedical challenges. Our students benefit from world-class facilities, renowned faculty, and cutting-edge theory that foster academic and professional excellence.

Students interested in applying to one of the QBS degree programs can do so conveniently through our Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies online application portal. The application period begins in August and runs through March. All application reviews begin on December 1.

QBS Application Deadlines

PhD Program (Fall 2022 Start): December 1, 2021

PhD applications have closed and will reopen next summer for Fall 2023

Master's Program (Fall 2022 Start): Second deadline February 1, 2022

Read more about the admissions requirements for the QBS PhD and Master's degree programs.

Now Open - Application for Fall 2022

The application system is open for the MS program for Fall 2022. Application fees are waived.

Apply to QBS

For frequently asked questions about the application process, please refer to the Guarini School of Graduate Studies Application FAQs.


Supplemental Application Materials

In addition to completing the online Dartmouth application, students applying to a QBS program must submit additional supporting materials.

PhD applications

  • Three required personal statements
    1. An essay describing your personal and scientific interests and career goals (800 words or less)
    2. A supplemental statement explaining why QBS is the right home for your research goals and aspirations (300 words or less)
    3. A supplemental statement describing an experience that demonstrates your resilience, perseverance, and/or leadership skills in response to a challenge in any area of your life (300 words or less).
  • An optional statement on diversity. The Guarini School is committed to a climate that acknowledges and embraces diversity, supporting a culture that fosters inclusion, and actively pursues equity. Our commitment is driven by a firm belief that welcoming differences of opinion, experience, identity, and perspectives is essential to building a stronger community. We encourage you to share how your perspective on these factors, and your unique experiences within them, will contribute to the diversity of your cohort at Guarini.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official or unofficial college transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework to the application. Official transcripts will be required should an offer be made to the applicant.
  • GRE scores are optional for the Fall 2022 QBS admissions cycle. If you would like your GRE scores considered with your application, please include unofficial score reports with your application. If you chose to submit GRE scores and you are offered admission, official test scores will be required from Educational Testing Services for verification purposes. WES evaluations are acceptable; however, official documents will be required should an offer be made to the applicant.  The institutional code for GRE scores is 3351.
  • Official TOEFL exam scores from ETS are required for international students who do not have a degree from an English speaking institution. QBS students are expected to be able to communicate easily and fluently in written and verbal English. Applicants should include unofficial score reports in their application. We accept TOEFL scores of 450 or above for the paper-based exam, internet-based exam scores of 90 or above, as well as IELTS scores with band scores of 7.0 or higher. TOEFL MyBestScores are also accepted if submitted through the ETS system. The institutional code for TOEFL scores is 3351.

MS applications

  • An essay describing your personal and scientific interests and career goals (800 words or less)
  • An optional statement on diversity. The Guarini School is committed to a climate that acknowledges and embraces diversity, supporting a culture that fosters inclusion, and actively pursues equity. Our commitment is driven by a firm belief that welcoming differences of opinion, experience, identity, and perspectives is essential to building a stronger community. We encourage you to share how your perspective on these factors, and your unique experiences within them, will contribute to the diversity of your cohort at Guarini.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official or unofficial college transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework to the application. Official transcripts will be required should an offer be made to the applicant.
  • GRE scores are optional for the Fall 2022 QBS admissions cycle. If you would like your GRE scores considered with your application, please include unofficial score reports with your application. If you chose to submit GRE scores and you are offered admission, official test scores will be required from Educational Testing Services for verification purposes. WES evaluations are acceptable; however, official documents will be required should an offer be made to the applicant.  The institutional code for GRE scores is 3351.
  • Official TOEFL exam scores from ETS are required for international students who do not have a degree from an English speaking institution. QBS students are expected to be able to communicate easily and fluently in written and verbal English. Applicants should include unofficial score reports in their application. We accept TOEFL scores of 450 or above for the paper-based exam, internet-based exam scores of 90 or above, as well as IELTS scores with band scores of 7.0 or higher. TOEFL MyBestScores are also accepted if submitted through the ETS system. The institutional code for TOEFL scores is 3351.

Once your application is submitted, you may contact Guarini Admissions to request updates to your application, such as missing transcripts or other elements of the application. Your application will be considered incomplete until all required materials have been received.

In order to be eligible for admission consideration, the online application, application fees, and all supporting materials must be received by the QBS team by the specified deadlines for the program.

Application Materials Mailing Address

Applicants to the QBS master’s and doctoral programs can submit the supplemental application materials to the following address:

Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies
Dartmouth College
64 College Street, Suite 6062, Room 102
Hanover, NH 03755

When sending materials such as transcripts, DO NOT send to the Dartmouth College Admissions Office. That office is for applications to the undergraduate college only and doing so may result in delays in processing your application.

Information about applications, program requirements, and other questions may be directed to the QBS Program at quant.biomed.sci@dartmouth.edu.

Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships

Financial assistance is available to eligible students applying to the QBS programs. All QBS PhD students receive a fellowship. Learn more about specific details of the QBS Dartmouth Fellowship program.

QBS master’s students are eligible for a scholarship awarded in each term of the program. Review the QBS master’s degree tuition rates and financial aid opportunities.

Visa Information for International Students

The Office of Visa and Immigration Services at Dartmouth (OVIS) supports the presence and success of international students at Dartmouth. OVIS also provides up-to-date information regarding current SEVIS regulations.

An additional resource for international applicants are the EducationUSA Centers that are located in U.S. embassies and consulates, as well as partner institutions worldwide. We encourage international applicants visit these sites to find additional helpful information about applying to graduate schools and advisories about traveling to the United States.

Contact the QBS Team

The QBS team is ready to help you navigate the graduate admissions process. Questions about applications or program requirements can be directed to the QBS Program at quant.biomed.sci@dartmouth.edu.