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Requirements for Admission

Degree Requirement

Candidates for admission should hold a bachelor’s degree with undergraduate training in the following:

  • Organic & Inorganic Chemistry
  • General Biology
  • Physics
  • Calculus
  • Courses in Immunology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology are recommended, but not required.

GRE Requirements

Students should take the GRE General Test. Taking the GRE Subject Test is OPTIONAL. If electing to take the Subject Test, please consider taking one of the following:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • The GRE General test will be waived for those who have taken the MCAT’s.
  • If your GRE General Test scores are older than five years from your anticipated date of entrance, you must retake the examination.
  • We use GRE scores, along with other information in our admissions process. We will accept all applications however; any missing information may put the applicant at a disadvantage.
  • Please use the correct GRE/TOEFL code for Johns Hopkins School of Medicine which is 5316.

TOEFL Scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

All levels of graduate education at Johns Hopkins require proficiency in the English language. It is highly recommended that applicants for whom English is a second language take the TOEFL to demonstrate this proficiency. In general, foreign students admitted to the Graduate Program in Immunology have achieved TOEFL scores over 550.

You are exempt from having to take the TOEFL if you hold a degree from a U.S. University/College or have attended a minimum of 2 years at an English speaking University/College. TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years from expected entrance date.

Financial Support

Students accepted into the program will have their tuition, medical insurance and a stipend paid. Support for the Graduate Program in Immunology is derived from government and private sources and individual research grants.

Note to Foreign Applicants

We are very much interested in attracting talented students from other countries to our program. However, there are some practical issues that you should be aware of before applying. We have a limited ability to support students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Our training program is funded by a training grant from the United States government. This grant will only support US citizens or permanent residents. Only very rarely do we have funds that can be used to support citizens of other countries.

We highly recommend that foreign applicants seek other possible means of supporting the cost of graduate study. Support could come from: (a) a scholarship from your government or (b) from a "special" foundation award. In your application, please discuss the possibility of obtaining support from one of these sources. Final admission to the program requires documentation that the appropriate financial resources are available. We highly recommend that you review the NAFSA: Association of International Educators website at NAFSA does not offer financial assistance, but will offer some suggestions to help your search for financial aid for study in the United States.

Acceptance into the Immunology Program is dependent on an invited personal interview. Foreign applicants, on invitation, should be prepared to travel to Baltimore, Maryland under their own expense. Once in Baltimore the program will pay for local transportation, meals and accommodations.


ALL Johns Hopkins University graduate students who are accepted will be subject to criminal background investigations. Generally, all offers of admission to School of Medicine degree programs will be conditioned on satisfactory criminal background investigations.

Contact us

We regret if any of these issues are a hardship. Please feel free to contact the Immunology Program Office ( with questions.