How to Apply

What are the requirements to apply?

The BioMolecular Sciences 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 following standards serve only as 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
  • 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. A strong score on the GRE subject in chemistry, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, or biology (depending on your interests) will enhance an applicant's prospects.
  • International students will have TOEFL scores of at least 600 with no sub-score below 60 (paper-based test) or 90 with no sub-score below 20 (23 writing section) (internet-based test)

 

Are Subject GREs required?

Although you can apply with scores for only the General GRE test, it is recommended that the Subject Test in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology or Biology be taken. Our admissions committee will use all of the available information you can provide to reach a decision on your candidacy.

Step 1:

Application deadline for Fall Semester 2018 is December 1, 2017, 5:00 PM

ALL application materials must be submitted so that they are received by the BioMolecular Science Gateway Program NO LATER than 5:00 p.m. on the posted deadline.

Submit an online application form, which may be obtained through the Michigan State University Graduate School at https://grad.msu.edu/apply. 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 Program for more information.

During the application process, 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. Please select a code that is most aligned with your interest:

Graduate Program Department Codes
Department Code
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 7028
Cell and Molecular Biology 3964
Genetics 3788
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics 7030
Pharmacology and Toxicology 4796
Physiology 3861

During the first two semesters of enrollment, you will have the opportunity to choose and complete at least four courses in appropriate disciplinary subjects. In the spring semester of the first year, you will have the opportunity to continue with the Ph.D. program you initially selected, or you may change to one of the other five programs which aligns most closely with your educational goals.

Step 2:

The application REQUIRES the following in PDF format:

  • Pay Application Fee 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Step 3:

Submit these additional REQUIRED materials:

The Michigan State University online application process will allow you to submit electronic letters of recommendations. Through the MSU Admissions student portal, “Be A Spartan” at https://admissions.msu.edu/your-account/. You can 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 recommenders of your request and instruct the recommenders of the procedure to submit the letters electronically. The recommendation letters may be addressed to the BMS Admission Committee.

  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • These can sent by mail to the BMS office (address below); emailed directly by the recommender to bmsgrad@msu.edu or recommenders may submitt the letters electronically in PDF format through the MSU Admissions Student Portal. Letters submitted by applicants will NOT be accepted.
  • GRE Scores
    • The General Test is required. Institution 1465, Program Code GRE 0202. A subject test in chemistry, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, or biology (depending upon your interests) is strongly suggested for all programs except Pharmacology and Toxicology.
  • MCAT Scores
    • Required only if applicant is dual-enrolled in a medical college & a Ph.D. Program
  • TOEFL Scores for International Students
  • 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 will NOT be accepted. Transcipts of work taken at Michigan State University need not be requested. Colleges and Universities generally require both fees and time to process requests for transcripts. To be considered "offical," the transcripts must have a university seal or notarization mark and be sent directly by the insitution to the following address:  

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

Step 4:

International Applicants

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.

Please send all other materials to:

Many universities now have secure websites and are able to provide transcripts electronically. Whenever possible, request electronic transcripts. Electronic transcripts may be sent to:

BioMolecular Sciences and Graduate Studies
567 Wilson Rd, Room 2240
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824 USA
 Phone: 517-353-9845
 Email: bmsgrad@msu.edu

APPLICANTS FROM CHINESE UNIVERSITIES:

During the application process, applicants submit CERTIFIED COPIES (sealed and stamped by institutions) of all post-secondary transcripts, graduation certificates and degrees directly to:

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

Michigan State University requires these documents in the original language (Chinese) as well as an official English translation. Michigan State University will require all incoming ADMITTED students pursuing degrees or who have earned degrees from universities in China to submit a verification report (English version) through the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) for their final bachelor degree transcripts and bachelor degree.

If you are offered admission, and accept, the BioMolecular Science Gateway will reimburse the cost of the CDGDC certification.

Please refer to the CDGDC website for more information:
http://www.chinadegrees.cn/en/

China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center Verification Division
B-17, Tongfang Scientific Plaza
No.1 Wangzhuang Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100083, P.R.China
 Telephone: 86-10-82379480
 Fax: 86-10-82378718
 Email: cqv@cdgdc.edu.cn
 Website: www.chinadegrees.cn