Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Which semester can I be admitted into the Biochemistry program?
A: We generally admit graduate students for the Fall semester.
Q: Do I need to contact a particular professor before applying to the program?
A: No, you do not need to contact our professors nor will contacting them improve your chances of acceptance.
Q: How many students does the program typically accept?
A: It depends on the number of suitable applicants and the amount of funds available. The total number of admitted students and the number of admitted international students are different every year.
Q: What forms of financial support are available?
A: The primary form of financial aid is a combined teaching/research assistantship within the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. This is a competitive stipend that includes a full tuition waiver.
Additionally, U.S. resident graduate students are eligible for other forms of financial support. Exceptional applicants may be considered for a supplement to the assistantship of up to $5,000 for the first two years of graduate study. Also, several national fellowships are open to U.S. citizens.
Q: Do I need to submit the Affidavit of Financial Support if I have no funds?
A: Yes. Foreign applicants must submit the signed Affidavit form. Simply fill out the first page, and check the box on the second page saying you do not have your own funds. Then sign and upload the PDF into the application system.
Q: Can I submit my application material without the TOEFL or GRE scores, and then after I am accepted take the tests?
A: No. Both the TOEFL and GRE scores are required to be submitted before your application can be considered complete. Your application will not be reviewed by the committee unless it is complete.
Q: Do I need to take a subject specific GRE?
A: No, you only need to take the general GRE.
Q: How can my letters of recommendation be submitted?
A: They are uploaded into the application system.
Q: I was tested with the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Will you accept that score in place of the TOEFL?
A: The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores may be submitted in place of the TOEFL. For regular admission, the minimum IELTS score is 6.5. A photocopy of the original score sheet should be provided with application.
Q: Is my TOEFL score high enough?
A: All official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be sent directly from ETS. A minimum score of 550 (213 on the computer-based exam or 79 on the iBT) on the TOEFL is required, although a score above 620 (260 computer-based or 105 iBT) is preferred by the Graduate Biochemistry Group. Applicants with lower scores can only be accepted under provisional status by the University, requiring that the student either pass a screening test or enroll in remedial English language courses before beginning graduate study.
Q: Is my GRE score high enough?
A: All official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be sent directly from ETS. We do not require a GRE subject exam, just the general GRE. GRE verbal and quantitative scores at or above the 80th percentile are preferred by the Graduate Biochemistry Group.