Please review all of the application instructions and Frequently Asked Questions before applying
- Please be aware you will be leaving the University of Utah Bioscience Graduate Programs site and going to the online application system: ApplyYourself (AY) with Hobsons. Your information is transmitted through a secure server.
- You will need to "Create an Account" and register to begin your application process. 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.
- To avoid confusion and delays in processing applications, you can only apply to one of the two Programs: Molecular Biology PHD or Biological Chemistry PHD for Fall 2017. See our Program Comparison page for more details.
- The online application is free
- Contact us if you have additional questions
✓ Online Application
✓ Research Statement
✓ Curriculum Vitae (CV)
✓ GRE Scores
✓ Letters of Recommendation
✓ TOEFL/IELTS Score (international students only)
Competitive applicants should have a science background and some research experience.
All portions of the application packet carry equal weight. However, shortcomings in one area of the application may be balanced by strengths in another.
ApplyYourself (AY) Online Application
This application alone often enables us to identify the most promising applicants, and should be submitted as early as possible with all of the required documents uploaded.
Note - The application can be submitted in ApplyYourself before all three letters of recommendation have been received.
This system is for US and International applicants.
After you create your account and begin an application select "Salt Lake City Campus" and Intended graduate program and degree as either "Biological Chemistry PHD" or "Molecular Biology PHD". The Application Term and Year is "Fall 2017". Leave dual degree and emphasis options blank.
Students should identify the Program that best accommodates their research interests and provides the most appropriate core curriculum. Some of the most important similarities and differences between the MB and BC Programs are highlighted in our detailed Program Comparison page. Please be aware that you can only apply to the Programs a total of three times.
There is no application fee. Moreover, all students admitted to the program receive a stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance. A separate application for financial support is not required.
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 file format, and then upload the files in the appropriate place. 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. The file cannot exceed 2500 KB in size and you may need to reduce the file size. You can reduce document size or optimize scanned .pdf file to make the document smaller. These functions can be found under the document tab of Adobe Acrobat.
Do not attempt to upload a document that is password-protected or that contains macros as it would cause the process to fail.
In the Education section of the AY application, please upload .pdf copies of ALL of your official transcripts from each college or university attended (college/university level only). These transcripts will be used as working copies during the admissions evaluation process. Transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions will not be uploaded to the AY application on your behalf.
If you are an applicant with education outside the US, do not complete the GPA section.
In the "GRE GMAT Scores" section enter your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude test information and scores. In addition, also upload a .pdf copy of your score sheet(s) in the “Post Submission” section of the AY application. GRE scores are considered expired if taken before May 1, 2012. The institution code for the University of Utah is 4853.
A subject test is not required, 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.
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
In the “Curriculum Vitae/Resume” section in the AY application upload a .pdf copy your CV. A sample CV can be viewed here.
In the “Statement of Purpose” section of the AY application, a research statement (2-3 pages) should be uploaded to the AY application. It should be articulate and give evidence of a strong commitment to research. Please include the following information:
- A description of your present academic interests and long-range career goals
- Reasons for applying to the program
- A description of your scientific interests and a list of faculty whose research interests are compatible with your own. (Although it is not essential to have specific research interests at this point, it is important that students admitted to the Program have several potential research advisors. Details about participating faculty can be found here.)
- A summary of previous experience including laboratory research
Three Letters of Recommendation
In the “Recommendations” section in the AY application form, please add the email addresses and information for three letters of recommendation writers. Add people familiar with your research potential.
Your recommenders must submit your letters of recommendation by the December 1 deadline. Please note that notification emails will indicate "University of Utah - Graduate" as the sender but will come from firstname.lastname@example.org. If your recommenders use a spam-blocking tool, please ask them to add this email address to their list of known/safe addresses.
We recommend adding the deadline of December 1 in the personal note section at the bottom when you add a recommendation provider. You can log back into your application and resend the recommender notification. You can also add new recommenders and make some edits to previously added recommender provider information.
TOEFL/IELTS Score (international students only)
International students should upload a copy of your score sheet(s) with your application in the “Post Submission” section. 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.
TOEFL/IELTS are considered expired if taken before May 1, 2015. 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). The TOEFL Department Codes are Molecular Biology: 74 and Biological Chemistry: 34
Please visit the International Admissions webpage for more information about requirements:
When uploading your documents DO NOT upload items that are not requested (i.e. awards,
certificates, publications, etc.)
If you have additional items that you feel are important to your admission please list these in the "Work/Professional Experience" section or in the "additional information" field of the online application.
|December 1||Deadline for Domestic and International Students|
|January 22 - March 8||Interview visits for applicants residing in the U.S.|
|February 9 - March 31||Applicants are notified of Admissions decision|
|April 15||Deadline for accepted applicant to accept offer|
Admission decisions are based on the following factors (not necessarily listed in order of importance):
Applicants should have some undergraduate training in biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, or biology. Students with strong chemistry, physics or mathematics backgrounds are encouraged to apply even if they have not had extensive coursework in molecular biology. Deficiencies in basic undergraduate courses can be remedied in the first year of graduate school.
Ideally, the undergraduate record should demonstrate consistent academic excellence. However, the most important aspect of undergraduate transcripts is evidence of ability to perform well in science courses, particularly those stressing quantitative skills.
Many successful applicants have had independent laboratory experience indicative of an informed commitment to a research career. These applicants focus on meaningful, hypothesis-driven research experience for which they had primary responsibility.
Strong statements of support from persons in a position to evaluate the applicant's potential for success as a graduate student have significant impact on admissions decisions. Letters from research advisors are particularly important.
A strong performance on this test carries considerable weight. In evaluating the performance on the advanced test, if taken, allowances are made for differences in undergraduate preparation.
The most compelling research statements demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to research and quality of past research experiences.
International students must demonstrate English proficiency through one of criteria listed at International Graduate Students English Proficiency.
Personal Interview (residents in the U.S. only)
Promising applicants are invited to visit the University of Utah to meet graduate students and faculty members and to learn more about the graduate program, the university, and the local environment.
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Molecular Biology Program
University of Utah
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University of Utah
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Building 575, Rm 3650 HSEB
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