Admission is competitive and dependent upon the availability of openings in each program. Candidates for admission are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, personal interviews (PhD program), recommendations from former professors, and other data documenting academic performance and experience. Honors, awards, and professional experience in a major field of specialization also are taken into consideration. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with enroll before submitting an application.
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is required. Applicants are encouraged to have completed college courses in biology, physics, general chemistry, and organic chemistry. Courses in calculus and physical chemistry are highly recommended for all PhD students with strong interests in the physiological and biochemical sciences. The record should be supported with excellent GRE scores and should indicate that the applicant is capable of performing successfully in the rigorous environment of the Graduate School. Applicants should display evidence of seriousness of purpose, strong motivation to achieve a successful career in science, industry or education, and high standards of personal conduct.
Applicants must submit at least 3 recommendations, preferably from academic instructors, who have direct knowledge of the applicant's academic performance in science-related fields, and are encouraged to include a letter from a laboratory mentor if they have undertaken research.