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While prospective students may apply to the program at any time during the year, the Admissions Committee actively reviews application files between December and March and hosts recruitment weekends for our top candidates to visit the campus. In order to coordinate these trips for our invited students with the University's biomedical science recruiting weekend, applicants must have all application materials submitted by January 1 for admission in the following Fall semester.
Admission typically requires a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (out of 4.0) and a combined score of 1200 or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. In addition, applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university and should have successfully completed a biochemistry course at the undergraduate level. For foreign applicants, a TOEFL score equal to or above 600. Acceptance is based on academic record, letters of recommendation, and an interview. Some experience in laboratory research is a positive factor in gaining admission. However, each application is reviewed individually and, if the applicant possesses outstanding credentials in certain areas, some of the above criteria may be set aside. Applications from traditionally underrepresented minority individuals are encouraged. Applicants who currently do not meet the minimul requiements are welcome to inquire about their eligibility to apply. We recongnize that some students have strengths in particular areas, such as research experience, that may compensate for weaknesses in other areas.