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Admission to the Undergraduate Program

Apply to Undergraduate Program

The Department of Molecular Biosciences participates in the KU Undergraduate Biology Program.

We support several Degrees:

For most of our undergraduate degree programs, you will be required to complete a significant number of supporting or prerequisite courses before you can enroll in upper level classes; therefore, we recommend enrolling in courses that will fulfill biology degree requirements as soon as possible upon entering KU.  The Undergraduate Biology program has posted sample plans that will lead to the completion of degrees within four years.  Please keep in mind that these plans provide just one example of how courses could be taken, and these sample plans are not meant to substitute for meeting with an academic advisor.

Admission to the Graduate Program

The Department of Molecular Biosciences recognizes the importance of investing in the careers of future biomedical scientists.  We welcome graduate students into our vibrant scientific community, where you will have the opportunity to become outstanding researchers and prepare for exciting futures in science.

All students seeking a PhD degree must submit a formal application to the Graduate Program in Molecular Biosciences via the link below.  Applicants from US institutions must have a GPA above 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).  All non-native English-speaking applicants should be proficient in the English language (see detail below).

The online application for fall 2022 will go live on August 2, 2021.  Complete applications received by December 1st are reviewed by a committee of Molecular Biosciences faculty.  Admission into our program is competitive, and we receive a large number of applications each year.  Our holistic evaluations are based on several criteria, including grades, the strength of recommendation letters, previous research experience, and the fit of your career goals with our educational program.  Students will be informed of admission decisions early in the new year.  Admissions decisions are finalized by April 15, and newly admitted students matriculate in August.

Apply to the Graduate Program

A complete application file will include:

1.  Completed Application Form

2.  A copy of an official transcript (plus translation if necessary)

  • Electronic transcripts should be addressed to graduateadm@ku.edu
  • Hard-copy transcripts should be addressed to: KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa Street, Lawrence, KS 66045

3.  Curriculum Vitae or Resumé (1-2 pages)

4.  Three letters of recommendation from qualified individuals

5.  A Statement of Research Interests and Goals (1-2 pages).  A strong statement will include:

  • A description of previous research experiences, discussing how these have prepared you for graduate school both professionally and personall
  • A discussion of your broad research interests
  • A description of your future career goals, discussing how a PhD from our department will help further these goals

6.  Application Fee ($65 domestic; $85 international)

7.  On the application, if you indicate that you are NOT a native speaker of English, you will need a minimum iBT SPEAKING score of 22, AND all other parts scores at least 20; IELTS SPEAKING score of 8; or Duolingo score of 115.  Scores should be no older than 2 years.

GRE scores are not required for your application. However, you may submit your official GRE scores if you feel it will help the admissions committee better understand your academic capabilities. Electing not to submit scores will not impact your chance of admission.  All supporting documentation should be uploaded to the online application.  If you have any questions, please contact:

John Connolly
Graduate Academic Advisor
KU Department of Molecular Biosciences
1200 Sunnyside Avenue, Haworth Hall #2034
Lawrence, KS 66045-7534



If you have completed a Bachelor's degree, have demonstrated academic competence in the biological or biochemical sciences, and wish to take graduate-level courses in the Department of Molecular Biosciences, you may apply as a non-degree seeking (NDS) graduate student.

Successful completion of relevant undergraduate coursework is typically necessary to succeed in graduate-level courses. In addition, courses in our department are not always open to NDS students. For questions about any pre-requisites, or your eligibility to enroll in specific courses, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Yoshiaki Azuma.

If you would like to enroll in specific graduate-level courses in our department as an NDS student, in the personal statement you submit with your application please: (a) state which course or courses you are interested in taking, and (b) describe your academic preparedness and personal motivation for taking graduate courses in the Department of Molecular Biosciences.

Please understand that completion of courses as an NDS student will not guarantee admission to graduate programs in the Department of Molecular Biosciences. Applicants with NDS status will still need to apply for admission to our graduate programs, and will be considered along with the entire applicant pool. Individuals who intend to use completed NDS coursework to strengthen their academic background for admission to graduate study can contact the Department's Director of Graduate Studies (Dr. Yoshiaki Azuma) to discuss their options.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring (January 15)
  • Summer (May 28)
  • Fall (August 19)

Application Materials

  • Proof of a bachelor's degree, via a copy of the official transcript. This transcript can be issued to the student. An official transcript sent directly from the university to Graduate Admissions will be required upon acceptance.
  • Proof of English proficiency if you are a non-native English speaker.
  • A brief personal statement (1 page maximum) describing your academic background, and your professional motivation for taking graduate-level coursework in the Department of Molecular Biosciences.

Submit an online application using the KU Graduate Application system.


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