Application Process

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:

  • 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  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 550 with no sub-score below 52 (paper-based test) or 80 with no sub-score below 19 (22 writing section) (internet-based test)

Application deadline for fall semester 2019 is December 1, 2018, 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 will be many, please select the code below that is most aligned with your interest:

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 align most closely with your educational goals.

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
  • 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

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 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. 
  • Subject GREs
    • Only a small percentage of our applicants take a subject test. Taking into consideration recent research regarding the value of these tests and the GRE in general with respect to their predictive power as to an applicant’s success in graduate school, we have started de-emphasizing the GRE in our decision making. Our admissions committee will use all of the available information you can provide to reach a decision on your candidacy.
  • 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 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



Language Tests:

TOEFL Scores are REQUIRED for International Students
Internet-based test: score of 79 with no subscore below 17
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" 

The transcript should be evaluated by an authorized translator in the student's home country, or an ATA (American Translator Association) certified agency. Certified ATA agents can be found at or

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.



Applicants request their universities to submit CERTIFIED COPIES (sealed and stamped by institutions) of all post-secondary transcripts, graduation certificates, diplomas, mark sheets 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 certificate of graduation.

Please refer to the CDGDC website for more information:

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