Program Details and How to Apply

Michigan State University has organized several of the biological sciences Ph.D.-granting graduate units under one umbrella, designated as the BioMolecular Sciences (BMS) Gateway.  The participating units include Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Physiology.  Although each student will still earn a doctoral degree (The BMS does not accept/train Masters Students) in one of these participating units, the BMS will offer students the programmatic flexibility to experience a wide range of opportunities in terms of diversity and depth of training.
Following admission to the Gateway, students will complete 4 courses and participate in three 8-week rotations in their first two semesters.  This design will allow the student to tailor their curriculum to match their educational goals and identify a thesis mentor.  At the end of their second semester, the student will select a major and become a member of one of the 6 participating units. 

What are the requirements to apply?

The BioMolecular Science Gateway does not establish minimum cut-off values on any indices.  Rather, we attempt to select those applicants with the most promise for superior achievement.  The follow standards serve only as a general guidelines. The successful applicant will typically have:

  • Equivalent to a four year bachelor’s degree that includes coursework that demonstrates proficiency in math and science.

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.5

  • Research experience

  • Three (3) strong letters of reference that include evaluation of the applicant’s research experience

  • The required GRE is only a small part of the decision-making process and is used as one metric to compare applicants from all different backgrounds. Successful BMS applicants have had GRE scores that range from 25 to 99% Verbal, 40 to 99% Quantitative, and 13 to 99% in Analytical writing.

  • International students will have TOEFL scores of at least 90 with no sub-score below 20 (23 writing section) (internet-based test) or 600 with no sub-score below 60 (paper-based test)