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80 What are the requirements to apply?

The BioMolecular Sciences Gateway only accepts students in the fall semesters. Do not apply for spring or summer admission. 

The BMS program 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 following standards serve only as general guidelines. The successful applicant will typically have:

  • Four-year bachelor's degree that includes coursework that demonstrates proficiency in math and science
  • Research experience
  • Strong letters of reference that include evaluation of the applicant's research experience
  • The GRE is NOT required to apply.
  • International students will have TOEFL scores of at least 550 with no sub-score below 52 (paper-based test) or 80 with no sub-score below 19 (22 writing section) (internet-based test) or an IELT score of 6.5 or higher.

The BMS program only accepts students for fall semester. tHE deadline for fall semester 2021 is December 1, 2020, 5:00 PM.

How to Apply 

Step 1:

Submit an online application form, which may be obtained through the Michigan State University Graduate School at Online applications for both domestic and international students are available at this site. If for some reason you cannot submit an electronic application, please contact the BioMolecular Sciences office for more information.

Pay The Application Fee: $65 Domestic, $75 International

You will be asked to supply a code for the program which most interests you. The BioMolecular Science Gateway is home to 6 different possible degree-granting Departments/Programs. Although there may be many, please select the code below that is most aligned with your interest. You may change to one of the other five programs which align most closely with your educational goals in the spring of your first year.

Department College of Nat Sci Program Code
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 7028
Cell and Molecular Biology 3964
Genetics & Genome Sciences 7153
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics 7030
Pharmacology and Toxicology 4796 (Col. of Vet. Med.)
Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology 5807


Step 2:

The online application has sections for you to write the following:

  • Academic Statement
    • The Academic Statement should convey your motivations for pursuing a graduate degree and your experiences and/or accomplishments pertinent to your application to the BMS program (i.e. undergraduate research, publications, workshops, etc.). Be sure to include a brief description of the nature of your research experiences and what you have learned from them.    Minimum requirement: 500 words, single-spaced. Maximum of 600 Words.
  • Personal Statement
    • In your personal statement, you should concisely discuss any aspects of your history beyond academics that support you as an excellent candidate. These could include, for example, what you have derived from extracurricular activities, a demonstration of leadership, your potential contribution to a diverse educational community, and, if appropriate, any obstacles you have encountered in your pursuit of an education and how you have dealt with them.                                                                                                        Minimum requirement: 500 words, single-spaced. Maximum of 600 Words.

Step 3:

  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • The application will allow you to submit the name and email addresses of faculty that you would like to provide letters of recommendation on your behalf. The system will automatically notify the recommender of your request and instruct the recommenders of the procedure to submit the letters in PDF form electronically. The recommendation letters may be addressed to the BMS Admission Committee.
      • If they experience technical difficulties, the recommenders may send their letters directly to the BMS office ( Please note, however, this may delay the processing of your application.
      • Letters submitted by applicants will NOT be accepted.

Step 4:

  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Step 5:

  • GRE Scores
    • The General Test is NOT required.
  • Subject GREs
    • GRE subject tests are NOT required for admissions. However, if you have taken a related subject test, you can include it in your application.
  • MCAT Scores
    • Required only if the applicant is applying for dual enrollment in a medical college & a Ph.D. Program.
  • OFFICIAL Undergraduate/Graduate Transcripts
    • Most successful applicants will have a GPA of at least 3.3 over their last two years of study. Request the Registrar of EACH college/university attended to send one copy of each "official transcript." Transcripts sent by applicants or stamped "Issued to Student" will NOT be accepted. Transcripts of work taken at Michigan State University can be requested through the registrar's office.  Colleges and Universities generally require both fees and time to process requests for transcripts. In addition, where the original documents are not issued in English, also provide an official English translation of each document. When applying for fall semester please provide academic records with marks through the fall semester prior to the term of application. To be considered "official," the transcripts must have a university seal or notarization mark and state "degree conferred" or degree awarded".
    • Transcripts must be sent directly by the institution to the following address:  

Michigan State University
Office of Admissions
Hannah Administration Building
426 Auditorium Road, Room 250
East Lansing, MI 48824

You can send electronic transcripts to


Language Tests:

TOEFL Scores are REQUIRED for International Students
Internet-based test: score of 80 with no subscore below 19 (writing minimum is 22)
Paper-based test: score of 550 with no subscore below 52

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): score of 6.5 or higher


Transcripts must say "Bachelors Degree Awarded" or "Bachelors Degree Conferred" 

Graduate applicants should request official hardcopies of all postsecondary transcripts and diplomas awarded. These should be mailed to the Office of Admissions in official, sealed envelopes from the issuing institution(s). All transcripts not issued in English must be sent in the original language along with an English translation. The translation must be done by the issuing institution, a certified translator in the applicant’s home country, or by an American Translator’s Association – certified translator if the translation is done in the US ( Applicants are welcome to use a local, ATA-certified company in Lansing,

Admitted students who attended schools in mainland China, will, by the middle of your first semester enrolled as a student at Michigan State University, need to have sent the MSU admissions office degree verification from CDGDC and validation of your coursework from CHESSIC.

Financial Support:

The BioMolecular Science Gateway does NOT require proof of financial support. DO NOT include bank statements or affidavits of support. Please leave this section blank.