Admissions will be based on a comprehensive assessment of an
applicant's qualifications including Graduate Record Examination
(GRE) test scores, undergraduate and graduate grade point average,
and letters of recommendation. Applicants must:
- Formally apply for admission to the College of Graduate
Studies and fulfill all requirements, including submission of
official transcripts from all academic work and official scores
on the Graduate Record Examination.
- Hold an appropriate baccalaureate, master's, or prior
doctoral degree in either Biochemistry, Biology, or Chemistry. An
equivalent degree in a closely related subject may be acceptable
upon consideration by the Program Coordination Committee. In
addition, the following undergraduate courses are specifically
recommended: six semesters of a combination of general biology,
microbiology, cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry courses,
including some laboratory coursework; two semesters of
general/inorganic chemistry and at least one semester of organic
chemistry, which should include a laboratory component; two
semesters of physics; and one semester of calculus. Students who
lack any component of these minimum course requirements will be
asked to remedy their deficiency or demonstrate competency in
these areas to the Program Coordination Committee. A student
entering with a prior doctoral degree will be treated the same as
a student entering with a prior master's degree (i.e. only
relevant courses from the prior doctoral degree may be considered
for credit toward the MBS Ph.D. degree).
- Have a grade point average (GPA) in their previous academic
degrees that indicates potential for success in doctoral-level
study. Successful applicants typically present a minimum
3.5 GPA at the graduate level or a minimum 3.0 GPA when entering
with a bachelor's degree.
- Submit scores for the verbal, quantitative and analytical
writing measures of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that
indicate potential for success in the Molecular BioSciences
program. The GRE is an important measure and is given significant
consideration in the admissions review process. Successful
applicants typically have scores on the verbal and quantitative
measures at or above the 50th percentile for persons intending to
pursue graduate study in science with a combined V + Q score that
- Provide letters of recommendation directly from at least
three professors or professionals that address the candidate's
potential for successfully completing a Ph.D. in MBS.
- International students must also meet the College of Graduate
Studies requirement for proof of English language proficiency.
This may be accomplished by submission of TOEFL, UMELI test, or
IELTS scores that meet CGS requirements, or by successful
completion of level 112 of ELS coursework.
Applicants who do not meet these minimums but whose application
materials indicate high potential for success may be admitted
conditionally and would have to meet the conditions of their
admission in the time stated to remain in the program of study.
Additional Application Information
- The application deadline is March 15 for those wishing to be
considered for graduate assistantships for the following fall.
Late applications may be considered but financial support is not
- Additional hours may be required for completion of the degree
program based upon an assessment of the applicant's prior
preparation in the sciences.