Biochemistry, PhD

The PhD program in Biochemistry is designed to train you to be a successful in a world where traditional biochemistry is increasingly connected to traditional chemical and other scientific disciplines. Biochemists continue to contribute to progress in traditional biochemical structure, function and mechanism, but also work increasingly on larger societal problems that range from disease, to energy, biosensors and bioengineering. Students can work on focused projects in contemporary biochemistry, but most will challenge themselves by working on problems that extend the boundaries of traditional biochemistry. The biochemistry PhD program is designed to enable students to take on the responsibility of leadership in all aspects of contemporary molecular science.

Program Requirements 
A minimum of 84 semester hours, including coursework, seminars, research, and dissertation, are required. Courses are selected by the student in consultation with his/her supervisory committee based on the research area. A Doctoral Comprehensive Examination consisting of both a written and oral presentation of current research and an original research proposal is required for advancement to candidacy. The Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry is awarded when the student has obtained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in coursework, demonstrated quality performance in the laboratory and completion of his/her research project, evidence of a publishable contribution of original research, completed a successful dissertation oral defense, and has met all deadline dates and requirements set by the Graduate Education.

Admission Requirements
The application is a two step process. First you must complete a general - on line - application to Graduate Education. The application and instructions are located on the following web pages: and The second step is a Supplemental Application which asks for unofficial test scores, your personal statement and contacts for letters of recommendation. You can find information on this and other application information at: Applicants must submit original scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to Graduate Admissions. The subject test is not required, but is recommended. International applicants are required to take the iBT TOEFL exam and should refer to the Graduate Admissions webpage: for additional requirements and procedures for application.

Degree Offered

Biochemistry, PhD
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Deadline

Applications are accepted for the Fall Semester only. Applications are made available on September 1 and all application materials are due by January 1 of each year.

There is a two-part application, consisting of the general application through Graduate Admissions and the supplemental application through the School of Molecular Sciences (SMS). All applications are submitted online and no documents should be mailed to the School of Molecular Sciences. All official documents (transcripts/test scores) should be sent to Graduate Admissions directly.

Financial Support

All students accepted in the PhD Chemistry/Biochemistry programs are guaranteed financial support by means of a Graduate Assistant position. Research assistantships usually come from faculty grants, although some departmental and college research assistantships are also available on a competitive basis.

Highly qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for a graduate fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

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