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Biochemistry at the University of Missouri is a division of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and a department of the School of Medicine. As a nationally ranked top 10 biochemistry department among public medical schools, we offer outstanding training that help students achieve their goals. We have 31 core faculty members and approximately 30 additional members, all of whom are available to mentor students in biochemistry. Nearly all facets of contemporary biochemical research are represented in their collective research interests. Our highly interactive program is an integral part of a campus-wide network of research programs including life sciences, genetics, nutrition, plant biochemistry and structural biology.

Degrees Offered

Biochemistry, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

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-based9517171717
TOEFL Paper-based6205252NA52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Minimum GRE scores

Test Type Verbal+Quantitative Analytical
GRE 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