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Criteria for Admission

Admission decisions are based on the following factors (not necessarily listed in order of importance):

Educational Background
Applicants should have undergraduate training in chemistry, genetics, and cell biology.

Undergraduate Performance
Ideally, the undergraduate record should be strong in all areas. However, evidence of ability to perform well in science courses, particularly those stressing quantitative skills, is most important.

Research Experience
The program does not require but, prefers to see, evidence of research activity as an undergraduate. Most successful applicants have had some independent laboratory experience indicative of an informed commitment to a research career.

Recommendations
Strong statements of support from persons in a position to evaluate the applicant's potential for success as a graduate student have significant impact on admissions decisions.

GRE Scores
These scores are utilized to gain additional insight into the student's overall application. Percentiles rather than raw scores are reviewed.

English proficiency exam scores
For applicants whose native or primary language is not English, the English proficiency exam minimum scores established by the Graduate School are: 90 (TOEFL); 6.5 overall with no subsection below 6.0 (IELTS). For more information on TOEFL/IELTS scores, see the Frequently Asked Questions on the Graduate School web site.