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Application FAQs

Below is a list of frequently asked questions. Please contact us if you have questions that are not answered below.


 

Where do I send information?

*Please upload all application materials in ApplyYourself with your application.

Do not send us materials unless instructed to do so.

Molecular Biology Program or Biological Chemistry Program
26 South 2000 East
Building 575, Rm 3650 HSEB
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-5750
USA

 


 

What is the most important factor in an application?

All portions of the application packet carry equal weight. Deficiencies in one area may be balanced by strengths in another.

 


 

What is the institution code?

The institution code for the University of Utah is 4853.  This is the same code for both the GRE and TOEFL tests.

 


 

What is the department code?

GRE Department Code

Molecular Biology: 0202 OR 0206
Biological Chemistry: 0202

GRE scores are considered expired if taken before May 1, 2012.

TOEFL Department Code

Molecular Biology: 74
Biological Chemistry: 34

*Please upload copies of your score sheet(s) to the online application in the “Post Submission” section. You do not need to send an official score sheet(s) for the initial review.

TOEFL/IELTS are considered expired if taken before May 1, 2015.

 


 

What is the application fee?

The online application is free. Please see our application instructions.

 


 

What are the average GRE, TOEFL/IELTS, and GPA scores?

Over the past five years, the students who enrolled in our programs had the following averages:

GRE: Verbal 79%, Quantitative 71%, & Analytical Writing 62%
TOEFL: 630 paper-based score and 109 iBT score
GPA: 3.5

 

Please remember that these are averages and not minimum requirements. When making a decision, we review the entire application not just test scores and GPA.

 

Continuing Education at the University of Utah offers Test Preparation courses for the GRE and TOEFL and more information can be found here: https://continue.utah.edu/prep

 


 

Are copies of GRE and TOEFL/IELTS acceptable?

Yes! Please upload a .pdf copy of your score sheet(s) in the “Post Submission” section of the AY application. You do not need to send an official score sheet(s) for the initial review. If you are accepted you will need to arrange to have an official copy of your scores sent to the Program. These scores will need to be valid for the beginning of the fall semester.

You can view your own ETS GRE scores here: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/scores/get to take a screenshot and create a .pdf file of your report.

You can view your own TOEFL iBT scores here: http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/scores/get/ to take a screenshot and create a .pdf file of your report.

You can view your own IELTS scores here: https://www.ielts.org/book-a-test/getting-your-results to take a screenshot and create a .pdf file of your report.

 


 

TOEFL/IELTS requirements and waivers?

The University policy states that applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (550 pBT) or better, or a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 or better. (Minimum score requirements are subject to change).

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL or IELTS examination for consideration or satisfy requirements that waive the English proficiency requirement. The University Office of Admissions determines exceptions to the TOEFL/IELTS examination requirements. Please visit this site for more information about requirements and waivers:

http://admissions.utah.edu/international/graduate/grad_english_proficiency.php

TOEFL/IELTS are considered expired if taken before May 1, 2015.

 


 

Is the subject test required?

We do not require the subject portion of the GRE.

However, if you are planning to take a subject test, we recommend that you take the Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, the Biology, or the Chemistry test.

 


 

What are your minimum score requirements?

We do not have minimum score requirements on the GRE. Both Programs review an entire application before making a decision of acceptance.

The University policy states that applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (550 pBT) or better, or a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 or better. (Minimum score requirements are subject to change).

 


 

When should I take the GRE and TOEFL/IELTS?

The results for the ETS GRE and ETS TOEFL will be available 10-15 days after the test date.  The IELTS will be available 13 days after the test date.  The official score sheets must be available for you to upload a copy with your application in the "Post Submission" section by the December 1, 2016 deadline.

 


 

How many students do you accept every year?

Between our two programs, we receive ~ 400 applications each year, and typically accept ~20% of those applicants.

We aim for a combined class size of 40.

 


 

What are financial benefits?

  • $27,000 Stipend
  • $1,000 starting allocation
  • Health Insurance
  • Full Tuition Coverage

This financial support is for all accepted students, regardless of citizenship.

 


 

How long does it take to get a PhD?

It takes, on average, 6 years.

 


 

How do I upload documents to my online application?

To upload paper materials you need to scan them with a scanner/printer save them in PDF format and then upload the files in the appropriate place. You need to make sure that each document does not exceed 2MB in size. If you have several pages for your transcript, for example, then you will scan each page then merge all pages in to one document and then save. You may need to reduce the file size either by reducing the document size or optimizing scanned PDF to make the document smaller. These functions can be found under the document tab of ACROBAT.

We require all applicants to upload their personal statement, CV, transcripts, and score reports when submitting the online application. Once you submit the online application, you cannot go back and upload materials except in the "Post Submission" section. "Post Submission" is below "Molecular Biology and Biological Chemistry" on the left side, just above the red "Important Links" header. If you have not uploaded these items before submitting, your application may be considered incomplete. If you have questions/concerns, please contact our office.

For application instructions please click here.

 


 

How do I log back into my online application?

You can log back in to your online application using your PIN and Password. If you do not have the link directly to the online application, you can access it by clicking here.

Please make sure to save your PIN number to get back into your application. In addition to your PIN number, the system will have you choose a password that you will need to remember if you wish to access or complete your application at a later date.

If you do not remember your PIN and password, you can retrieve it from the application home page.

 


 

My recommenders have not submitted letters of recommendation. What should I do?

Three letters of recommendation must be submitted into the "ApplyYourself" system by your recommenders by the deadline of December 1, 2016. You can log back into your application and resend the recommender notification.

If you would like to send a reminder, check the box next to his/her name and click on the "resend" button. This will automatically generate a reminder email.

You can also add new recommenders and make some edits to previously added recommender provider information. Once the recommendation provider information is saved, an email will be sent to the online recommendation provider with instructions on how to proceed with the online recommendation. "Recommendations" is at the bottom on the left side in your online application, just below the red "Important Links" header.

Please note that notification emails will indicate "University of Utah - Graduate" as the sender but will come from support@hobsons.com. If your recommenders use a spam-blocking tool, please ask them to add this email address to their list of known/safe addresses.

Additional information about the Hobsons ApplyYourself system and letters of recommendation can be found here.

 


 

I have uploaded my materials and I am waiting on letters of recommendation. What should I do?

Submit your application! Once you have completed the application questions and uploaded the required documents press the "Submit Application" button in the lower right corner. We can review your submitted application while we wait for your letters of recommendation.

 


 

When is the deadline?

All applications are reviewed on this schedule for entrance in the Fall semester.
We do not admit students for Spring semester.

December 1

Deadline for domestic and international students

January 22 - March 8

Interview visits for applicants residing in the US

February 9 - March 31

Applicants are notified of admissions decision

April 15

Deadline for accepted applicants to accept offer
Last Updated: 11/8/16