Admissions Requirements for the Master and Postdoctoral Programs
For enrollment in the Fall semester, review of applications will begin January 1 and continue until all positions are filled. When acceptance for the Spring semester is anticipated, review of applications will begin September 1 and continue until all positions are filled.
1) Minimum 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale.
2) An official, composite GRE score (verbal plus quantitative) of at least 1050 (400 minimum for verbal plus 500 minimum for quantitative) is required for entry into the Doctoral program. Admission to the Masters program requires a composite GRE score of 950 including the above stated minimal values. The composite score (verbal and quantitative sections) must be achieved on an examination taken on the same date.
3) Three letters of recommendation from faculty who can comment on the applicant's research skills and potential for success.
4) An official TOEFL score of 100 IBT is required of applicants for both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs, whose bachelors or professional training was obtained in a country in which English is not the official language. Students who meet the TOEFL criterion, but who still have obvious English language deficiencies may be required to enroll in EFL 100, or enroll part-time in the Intensive English Program.
5) A Statement of Purpose for enrollment into the M.S. or Ph.D. Program.
6) Required undergraduate prerequisites:
B. Biochemistry or Cell Biology
C. Advanced Mathematics at the level of Calculus
D. Organic Chemistry Students lacking one or two of the above courses, but who otherwise meet departmental requirements may be admitted as conditional students to the graduate program with the understanding that such deficiencies will be rectified at the earliest possible date. Under special circumstances, the department may waive certain requirements.
Applications will be reviewed on the basis of grade point average, GRE results, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose and when felt necessary, the results of personal interviews. It is advantageous, when possible, for the applicant to visit the department. If this is not possible either because of time, distance, or financial constraints, (the department will provide on-campus accommodations), and if an interview is thought to be necessary, it may be arranged at a location distant from the University with someone whose judgment is respected by the department, e.g., an alumnus of the Doctoral program.
It is the policy of the department to limit acceptance into the graduate program to those students who have the potential for becoming outstanding scientists; priority is given to students entering the Ph.D. program. The department does not use a predetermined formula for decisions on acceptance. Rather, all available information is considered in making final decisions. The quality of the undergraduate institution attended, grades in specific courses, temporal grade pattern and extenuating circumstances for poor performance may be considered when taking final action on an application. Some applicants, because of unusual undergraduate training (e.g., advanced training in pharmacology or toxicology) or prior work experience, may be admitted to this program in advanced standing. Recommendations regarding advanced standing are made by the Graduate Program Committee.