Applicants are required to demonstrate adequate preparation at the undergraduate level in the form of relevant coursework and research experience. Given the multi-disciplinary nature of the program, we expect that our applicants will be undergraduates with bachelor of science degrees in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, environmental or computer science, or graduates with master’s degrees in these areas.
Application and Deadlines
An online application is available here.
Fall admission: February 1
Review of fall applications will commence on January 2. Fall applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by this deadline, as priority in funding will be given to these early applications.
Spring admission: November 1
We begin reviewing applications and making offers within a month of the deadline, but continue reviewing applications and making awards until available slots are filled.
Additional Application Requirements
In additon to the completed admission form, students should also submit:
- GRE test scores.
- TOEFL or IELTS test scores. Required for applicants from outside the US.
- Statement of interests and intent. The university requires a detailed, two-part statement of interests and intent. In the first part, include your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies. In the second part, describe the area of research you wish to pursue. Explain why an interdisciplinary program is best suited for your research interests, and indicate which of the three program tracks (biochemistry, biophysics, or bioinformatics) you would like to pursue. It is helpful if you identify members of the faculty whose research interests are similar to your own (see list of participating faculty). These faculty members will likely serve as laboratory rotation advisors. Feel free to contact individual faculty members to discuss your interests and inquire about availability of positions.
- Three letters of recommendation.