Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their academic record, letters of recommendation, standard test scores, statement of purpose essay, and research experience. Students should have undergraduate training in biological, chemical, mathematical, and physical sciences. Specifically, students should have taken the following:
- A two-semester course in biochemistry
- A one-semester course in molecular genetics
- Two semesters of organic chemistry
- One semester of physics
- One semester of calculus
Students lacking any of these prerequisites are also encouraged to apply, but will likely be required to enroll in the necessary courses during the first year, or, in some cases, before admission, and must receive a grade of “C” or above.
- GRE is required.
The GRE Subject Tests in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, biology, or chemistry is optional.
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all international students whose native language is not English, with the exception of those applicants completing all four years of a baccalaureate degree in the United States or achieving a 400 Verbal GRE.