Admission Requirements

Applications to PEMM are now open!  Please apply here.  The PEMM application deadline is January 8, 2021. 

Requirements for Admission

Applicants to the PEMM program must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree with adequate preparation in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, physics and mathematics
  • Demonstrated proficiency with the English language
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students only)
  • At least three (3) letters of recommendation, please be sure to apply early and check in with your referees to make sure all letters are received by the deadline (January 8th).  
  • All academic transcripts
  • A completed Dartmouth College application for graduate study

GRE scores are not required for application to PEMM.  Only students who intend to pursue a PhD or MD-PhD degree full time will be accepted and could thus become eligible for candidacy for a degree in PEMM. It is the long-standing policy of the College to actively support equality of opportunity for all persons regardless of race or ethnic background, and no student will be denied admission or be otherwise discriminated against because of race, color, sex, religion, age, national or ethnic origin.

Admission to the Program in Experimental & Molecular Medicine is granted by the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies at Dartmouth upon recommendation of the PEMM Admissions Committee.

PEMM Candidate Selection

Selection factors include:

  • proven academic achievement
  • experience in and commitment to research
  • strong personal qualities

While the PEMM Admissions Committee does not require a minimum GPA or test score, competitive applicants to PEMM typically have:

  • TOEFL scores: 260+ for the computer-based exam or 105+ for internet-based exam, or 7.0+ Band Score for IELTS
  • GPA of 3.0 or above

Qualified applicants generally have strong research backgrounds, consisting of one or more years of research laboratory experience. The applicant's research aptitude is evaluated primarily through letters of recommendation and through the applicant's ability to clearly and intelligently communicate his/her research expertise in his/her written application, and during the interview.

Applicants should also display why this course of study is appropriate to meet their career goals.

Applicants from all institutions are evaluated based on their merits.

Admitted Students

PEMM typically receives ~100 completed applications per year.  Of those, 30-40 are invited to interview. Of those interviewed, 10 students are admitted per year.


Dartmouth does not require official transcripts and test scores at the time of application; self-reported scores and unofficial transcripts are acceptable and encouraged for purposes of application evaluation.  Once admission is offered, we will require official test scores and transcripts to be sent to:

Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies

Dartmouth College

Anonymous Hall, Room 102

64 College Street, Suite 6062

Hanover, NH  03755


After review of completed application materials by the Admissions Committee, selected applicants will be invited for a required on site interview.

If you are applying to our program, please hold February 12-13, 2021 open in your schedules for a possible invitation to our annual recruitment weekend. 

Interviews last two days and involve interactions with students and faculty. One of the evaluative criteria the Admissions Committee uses is the potential compatibility of an applicant within the program and this becomes very evident during the two-day period. This is important as the applicant will be a member of a close student body for at least 5 years, and will also have a very close student-mentor relationship during this time frame.

If an applicant cannot attend either of the schedule weekend interviews, PEMM can arrange for an applicant to come another day.

Example Interview Schedule

Friday begins with an overview of the program and breakfast with the Director. This is followed by a tour of the facilities at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The remainder of the day is dedicated to a series of 30 minute interviews. After all interviews are complete, there is a tour of the Hanover campus. In the evening, applicants have an opportunity to mingle with current students during dinner.

Saturday begins with breakfast and a symposium. Symposium presenters are generally faculty members from each of our research tracks that are actively recruiting to their lab. Following the symposium, applicants will be treated to lunch by some of our current students. They will also give applicants a brief tour of the Upper Valley. In the evening, a poster session and dinner with both faculty and current students.


PEMM covers domestic airfare, ground transportation, parking, accommodations while in Hanover, and meals on Friday and Saturday. Invited applicants generally lodge with other applicants at the Hanover Inn. Applicants may request their own room, but it would be at the expense of the applicant.

Applicants will only pay for meals while travelling to/from Hanover.

Regrettably, PEMM does not have the resources to pay for international travel to Hanover. If an international student is already visiting the U.S. we may be able to help with the additional cost incurred with traveling to Hanover.

Information for International Applicants

PEMM is unable to reimburse applicants for international travel expenses. On rare occasions, applicants can be interviewed at an international location if a department faculty member is traveling abroad at an appropriate time.  Faculty often interview foreign students during their international travel.

Applicants are admitted based on qualifications and ability to meet our admissions requirements, not country of citizenship.

Information for Minority Applicants

Education at Dartmouth thrives in a unique rural community of students and faculty who value differences and promote camaraderie and teamwork in order to learn from one another. PEMM strongly encourages applications from students of diverse backgrounds and cultures. The varied experience and interests they bring strengthens the program and enriches the educational environment for all. Minority applicants are encouraged to identify themselves to PEMM so that additional information can be forwarded.

Information for Applicants with Disabilities

Dartmouth College encourages an environment of open communication in which students feel comfortable in declaring their needs for assistance related to any disability. Dartmouth College graduate students have available a variety of sources of support for virtually all types of health or educational concerns that need to be addressed.

  • The Dartmouth College Academic Skills Center serves the entire College community. Although the primary goal is to assist students in becoming more efficient and effective learners, they are open to all who wish to improve their academic skills and ability to learn. They have extensive personal tutoring and organized study groups.
  • The Student Accessibility Services (SAS) office works with students, faculty, staff, and the campus administration to ensure that the programs, services, and activities of Dartmouth College are accessible to and useable by, students with disabilities. This office works to promote a welcoming Dartmouth College that is increasingly inclusive of people with disabilities in all aspects of its environment and in the attitudes, behaviors and endeavors of Dartmouth's students, staff, faculty, and community.