Admission decisions are based on the following factors (not necessarily listed in order of importance):
Applicants should have undergraduate training in biochemistry, genetics, and cell biology.
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.
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.
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.
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.