Frequently Asked Questions about Admission to the Graduate Program
The following items are required for a complete application:
- ApplyTexas Application (must be submitted on-line)
- Statement of Purpose essay (may be submitted with the application or separately)
- Three (3) letters of recommendation
- Official transcript from each institution of higher education attended
- Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) from within the last two years from applicants 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.
Q: What is the deadline for submitting an application?
A: We continue to accept applications until positions are filled. For priority deadlines, visit our deadline page
Q: Are applications accepted for the spring or summer semesters?
A: No. Because of the structure of our first-year graduate program, the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics only accepts applications for the fall semester.
Q: How much is the application fee?
A: The application fee is currently waived by the department.
Q: On what basis are the applications evaluated?
A: Applications are evaluated on the basis of the applicant’s coursework, grades, letters of recommendation, and performance on the TOEFL or IELTS tests (for international applicants). Each application is reviewed on an individual basis.
Q: What prerequisite coursework is recommended?
- 2 semester course in Biochemistry
- 1 semester course in Molecular Genetics
- 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry
- 1 semester of Physics
- 1 semester of Calculus
Students lacking any of these prerequisites will likely be required to enroll in the necessary course during the first year.
Q: Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required?
A: No, GRE test scores are not required for domestic or international applicants.
Q: Are GRE subject tests required?
A: Neither GRE subject nor GRE general tests are required.
Q: Whom does the applicant contact regarding official test scores?
A: Official test scores are sent to the Texas A&M University Office of Admissions by Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS does not send the scores directly to the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics. Contact:
Office of Admissions at 979-458-5137 or 979-458-5131
Q: Where should official TOEFL or IELTS test scores be sent?
A: Texas A&M University (Code 6003). Test date within five years of the date that the application reached the Office of Admissions. The University does NOT accept photocopies of TOEFL or IELTS score reports.
Q: Do I need to submit official transcripts?
A: Yes, official transcripts from every senior-level post-secondary institution attended. Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official English translations sent directly from the institution attended or from a recognized translator are considered official. Photocopies or other duplications of a transcript, such as notarized copies and faxes are not considered official.
Q: What type of funding is available for incoming students?
A: Students admitted to our Ph.D. program are paid either on an assistantship or a fellowship for as long as they remain in good standing. This support includes a stipend plus medical insurance benefits and eligibility for in-state tuition after the first year. There usually is no need for additional financial assistance. Stipends for graduate students in the Department of Biochemistry are $30,000 plus coverage of tuition and required fees.
Q: Does the program require an applicant to have a master’s degree before pursuing a Ph.D. degree?
A: No, a master’s degree is not required before pursuing a Ph.D. degree.
Q: Do you admit students who are only interested in getting a master’s degree?
A: Most, if not all, our graduate students are admitted into the Ph.D. program. Very rarely do we accept students who only want to pursue a master’s degree. Some students already have a master’s degree, while many have only a bachelor degree before beginning their studies here at Texas A&M University.
Q: Do you offer a Ph.D. program in biophysics?
A: We only offer a M.S. degree in biophysics. Students who are interested in obtaining a Ph.D. in biophysics pursue a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry with their research emphasis being in the area of biophysics.
Q: How many graduate students are you going to accept next fall?
A: We do not accept a specific number of graduate students into the program each fall. The number of students admitted depends on the quality of the applicant pool and funding.
Q: Who makes the decisions as to who is admitted?
A: The Graduate Recruiting and Admissions Committee, consisting of faculty members in the Biochemistry/ Biophysics Department, make all the decisions.
Q: I would like to contact the faculty whose work I am interested in. Is it possible to contact the faculty before applying?
A: The department’s web site has information about the faculty, including contact information.
Q: If admitted, will I be working under a particular professor my first year?
A: Students entering our program usually begin working with their permanent mentor after the first semester, upon completion of the three rotations when a research advisor is assigned.
Q: If I should have additional questions, whom do I contact?
A: For additional information, contact the Graduate Programs Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-800-482-6246.
Q: What is the Department of Biochemistry’s mailing address?
Graduate Programs Office
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
103C Biochemistry/Biophysics Building
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-2128