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Molecular Biosciences Graduate Program

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 they have the opportunity to become outstanding researchers and prepare for exciting futures in science.  

All students seeking a Ph.D. 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 must be proficient in the English language, achieving a minimum of 22 or 8 on the speaking portions of the TOEFL or IELTS, respectively.

Complete applications received by December 1st are reviewed by a committee of Molecular Biosciences faculty, typically in January.  Admission into our program is competitive, as we receive a number of applications each year.  Evaluations are based on several criteria, including GPA, GRE scores, strength of recommendation letters, previous research experience, and fit of the prospective student’s career goals with our educational program. Most students will be informed of admissions decisions by mid-March.  Admissions decisions are finalized by April 15, and newly admitted students matriculate in August.

Apply to the Graduate Program

Application Materials for the Graduate Program in Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas include:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. One official copy of all academic transcripts (International students will need a translated copy as well)
  3. Curriculum Vitae or Resumé (1-2 pages)
  4. Official GRE Scores (General Exam)
  5. Three letters of recommendation from qualified individuals
  6. A Statement of Aims - A description of your research interests and goals
  7. Application Fee ($65 domestic; $85 international)
  8. International applicants are required to have a Minimum iBT SPEAKING score of 22 or IELTS SPEAKING score of 8, no older than two years.

All supporting documentation should be uploaded at the online application site.


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

(785) 864-4311
(785) 864-5294 FAX


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