Application

Deadlines:

Domestic Applicants: December 1

International Applicants: December 1

Program entry: New students start the program in the Autumn Quarter of each year.


Applying to the Graduate Program

University Prerequisites

Certain minimum entrance requirements are set by the University of Washington Graduate School. These include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, receipt of GRE scores, and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for your most recent 60 graded semester credits or 90 graded quarter credits. For full details regarding the requirements, review the Graduate School website: http://www.grad.washington.edu/admissions/prospective/.

Departmental Prerequisites

A major in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry fulfills our departmental prerequisites.

Students with other majors must have completed:

  • 2 years of chemistry (normally general chemistry and organic chemistry)
  • Mathematics through calculus
  • 1 year of physics
  • At least one year of biology
  • Strongly recommended courses include biochemistry, genetics, and physical chemistry

In addition to the formal coursework, most of our applicants also have research experience in some scientific discipline (usually biology or chemistry).

Application Instructions

Domestic Applicants: December 1

International Applicants: December 1

Submitting an Application

All application materials will be submitted through the on-line Graduate School application with the exception of the official GRE scores which will be sent directly to the department.

All materials are due by December 1st. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for candidacy.

A complete application includes the following:

  1. Online Application: Apply on-line for admission to the Graduate School and the Biochemistry Department. All of the required materials will be described in detail through the application process: https://www.grad.washington.edu/applForAdmiss/
  2. Graduate Record Examination Scores (GRE): The Biochemistry Department requires scores in the General Test. However, if a GRE subject test is reported, it will be considered in the application. We strongly suggest that you take the GRE test before October in order for the score reports to arrive by the application deadline. Through the on-line application you can submit unofficial GRE scores, but it is mandatory for the official scores to be sent by the testing service. Our Institution Code is 4854.
  3. Transcripts: All applicants must upload official transcripts from each college and/or university attended to your online application. There is no need to send official transcripts by mail to the department. If accepted to the program, then official transcripts will be required for verification.
  4. Letters of Recommendation: Biochemistry applicants will be prompted through the on-line application process to designate 3 recommenders. The Graduate School will contact each recommender by email and ask him/her to fill out an attached recommendation form that will be submitted electronically to the UW. Applicants will be notified if a recommender declines. Biochemistry requires three letters of recommendation. Biochemistry applicants are urged to submit only three unless special considerations are involved. The Biochemistry Program only accepts online recommendations.
  5. Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose is submitted online as part of the (Item 1) application process, and can be one to two pages long. The statement should cover topics such as which areas of molecular and cellular biology research interest you, which UW faculty members’ work particularly interest you, previous research experience or publications you may have, and your long-range goals.
  6. Resume: A resume is submitted online with the Biochemistry application.

English Proficiency Note: Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. Therefore, every applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Details of this requirement are located in Memo 8 of the Graduate School policies.

International Applications

International Applicants: December 1

An international student is anyone who is not a US citizen or does not hold a US Permanent Resident Visa (i.e., Green Card or Immigrant). This definition also includes students who hold US visas, such as F-1 students, exchange visitors, or any other non-immigrant classification. Applicants educated abroad must meet the same general requirements as applicants educated in the United States, and must have earned the equivalent of a US undergraduate degree.

Submitting an Application

All international applicants should follow the guidelines in the Application Instructions with the following additions:

Transcripts: All applicants must upload official transcripts from each college and/or university attended to your online application. If your transcript is not written in English, you must upload a translated version.

Graduate School Transcript Translation Policies

Send international transcripts with degree statement, including date of graduation and title of academic degree awarded. All coursework with grades issued for each year completed must be submitted for proper evaluation. All international records are considered official if they have been certified or attested and must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of original records, and the documents must be translated by a university, a government official, or an official translation service. You cannot do your own translation.

English Proficiency: Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. Therefore, every applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Details of how to demonstrate this requirement are located in Memo 8 of the Graduate School policies.

Fluency in spoken and written English is essential for success in our graduate program. For this reason, international applicants generally must score better than 50% on the Verbal portion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and achieve minimum scores on either the IELTS or TOEFL test. The Department of Biochemistry adheres to the minimum score requirements for IELTS and TOEFL testing from the Graduate School.

More information on the how these English Proficiency Tests are scored can be found on the Graduate School website: http://www.grad.washington.edu/admissions/englishtest.shtml.

Interview Travel: The department holds on-site interviews for selected candidates. If you are invited for an on-site interview, the department will cover the cost of travel from within the United States. You would be responsible for your airfare to the United States.