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 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.

English proficiency exam scores
For applicants whose 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 the Graduate School web site.