How to Apply

Prospective Students

Candidates for BIG must have completed a Bachelor's degree with a major in a quantitative science or a substantial minor in engineering or physical science.

Recommended Degrees

  • Biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Mathematics
  • Computational Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering

Recommended Undergraduate Courses

We recommend that you prepare for BIG with at least one undergraduate subject in each of the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Computational Science
  • Statistics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Calculus


View the online application for The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Learn more about the application process at the DMS Admissions page. Please complete your application well in advance of the deadline to avoid uploading problems. For the GRE and TOEFL, our Institution Code is 3451.

Application Requirements

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE General Test) scores. The GRE should be taken no later than October. Specific subject tests are not required.

  • Three letters of recommendation.

  • Official transcripts from all of your academic institutions.

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree from an English-language institution.