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Doctorate in Biochemistry

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 5

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Undergraduate research required

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based 95 17 17 17 17
TOEFL Paper-based 620 52 52 NA 52
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6

Minimum GRE scores

When did you take the GRE? Verbal + Quantitative Analytical
Prior to August 1, 2011 Average scores > 60% Average scores > 60%
On or after August 1, 2011 Average scores > 60% Average scores > 60%

Ph.D. Prerequisites

The following entrance requirements must be met:

  • Mathematics through one year of calculus
  • Biological sciences (at least one course)
  • 1 year of physics
  • 1 year of organic chemistry (with a laboratory)
  • Biochemistry (lecture and laboratory)

Strongly Recommended Courses

  • Genetics (at least one course)
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Physical chemistry course with a calculus prerequisite

These prerequisites should have been met during the undergraduate curriculum. Recommended courses may be taken during the first year of the graduate program. Satisfactory completion of a qualifying exam is expected by the end of the first year and of a comprehensive examination by the end of the second academic year in graduate study.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.  
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Biochemistry Program

  • Three letters of reference. Submit through the Graduate Studies online application.
  • 500-word personal statement about your goals and experience. Submit through the Graduate Studies online application.
  • Official GRE scores. Submit using institution code 6875 and department code 0202.
  • Resume (optional)

Admission Contact Information
117 Schweitzer Hall
Columbia, MO 65211