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Indiana University Bloomington

Prospective Students

International applicants - The application priority date is December 1, 2013.

Domestic applicants
- The application priority date is January 15, 2014.

These are priority dates, not deadlines. We will review applications received after the priority date; however, we recommend that you submit all application materials by the stated priority date in order to guarantee maximum consideration.

We accept students with a broad range of backgrounds in biochemistry, chemistry, or biology. It is helpful if you have had a strong science background that includes biochemistry, organic chemistry, and molecular biology. Please note that there are different requirements for domestic and permanent resident applicants than there are for international applicants.

Domestic and permanent resident applicants:

The application priority date for domestic students is January 15th. Please follow the instructions for applicants found on the Apply Now page to apply online. If you cannot apply online and would like a paper application, please follow the instructions found here.

All applicants should take the general GRE exam. The biochemistry GRE subject exam is recommended, but not required. Official results will be sent to Indiana University, please use the following codes: Institution Code 1324, Department Code 0202.

Official transcripts should be uploaded with your statement of purpose and CV in your online application; and official documents sent directly to the Biochemistry Program Graduate Office by January 15th:

Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Department
Interdisciplinary Biochemistry Graduate Program
Indiana University
Simon Hall MSB, Room 003
212 S. Hawthorne Drive
Bloomington, IN 47405

Complete domestic and permanent resident applications for graduate study should contain the following:

  • Application form (Online or Paper)
  • A 300-500 word Statement of Purpose regarding your current goals, plans for your professional career, and reasons for selecting a field of study (upload to online application)
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended (uploaded online, then mailed to department)
  • Official results of the Graduate Record Examinations
  • Three letters of recommendation (uploaded online by recommender or mailed by recommender with recommendation form)
  • A list stating your teaching, research and/or industrial experiences; a publications list, if available; and any college or professional honors and awards. You may also include a resume or CV that includes this information.
  • An application fee of $55 USD.
  • The University Graduate School participates in several programs designed to expand participation of underrepresented minority groups in graduate education. Prospective student applicants who apply through one of four programs can receive an application fee waiver from the University Graduate School. The programs are (1) Project 1000 ; (2) McNair Graduate Fellowship Program ; (3) Committee for Institutional Cooperation (CIC) FreeApp Program (waiver application ); and, (4) National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) .

All applicants that are accepted into the program should respond no later than April 15th to the offer of admittance. After the deadline, promise of support can no longer be guaranteed.

International applicants:

The application priority date for international students is December 1st. Please follow the instructions for applicants found on the Apply Now page to apply online. If you cannot apply online and would like a paper application, please follow the instructions found here.

Applicants for admission should take the general GRE exam. The biochemistry GRE subject exam is recommended, but not required. Official results will be sent to Indiana University, please use the following codes: Institution Code 1324, Department Code 0202.
If you are from a country in which English is not the primary language, you should also take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

Complete international applications for graduate study should contain the following:

  • Application form (Online or Paper)
  • A 300-500 word Statement of Purpose regarding your current goals, plans for your professional career, and reasons for selecting a field of study (upload to online application).
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended must be uploaded with your online application, then mailed to:

    Office of International Services
    Poplars 221
    400 E. Seventh Street
    Bloomington, Indiana 47405 USA

  • Official results of the Graduate Record Examinations and TOEFL scores. (sent to department).
  • Three letters of recommendation (uploaded online by recommender or mailed to department by recommender with recommendation form).
  • Your CV or resume with your timeline that includes your teaching, research and/or industrial experiences; a publications list, and any college or professional honors and awards.
  • An application fee of $65 USD.

All applicants that are accepted into the program should respond no later than April 15th to the offer of admittance. After the deadline, promise of support can no longer be guaranteed.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy

Indiana University pledges itself to continue its commitment to the achievement of equal opportunity within the University and throughout American society as a whole. In this regard, Indiana University will recruit, hire, promote, educate, and provide services to persons based upon their individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on arbitrary considerations of such characteristics as age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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