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Admissions

Students are normally admitted in the fall quarter, but the Graduate Program Committee may at its discretion recommend admission for the winter, spring, or summer quarter. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year. Application review begins in early winter and the number of doctoral stipends is limited. Applications for admission to the program will be evaluated by the Graduate Program Committee of the Division of Biochemistry and, in special cases, the Graduate College Council. Applicants are encouraged to visit Rush University for an interview. Consideration for admission will include overall academic record, results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), letters of recommendation, and especially interview results. Students must meet all Graduate College requirements. Applicants to the joint MD/PhD program must first be accepted by Rush Medical College. However, those applicants who are not admitted to Rush Medical College may apply to the PhD program and their applications will be processed in the usual manner.

Transfer students with an advanced degree in science may, upon the recommendation of the Graduate Program Committee, be admitted to the graduate program in biochemistry with advanced standing. The extent of advanced credit will be determined by the Graduate Program Committee on an individual basis through its credentials subcommittee. All advanced level entrants are urged to see the credentials subcommittee before matriculation.

Minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate Program include a bachelor's degree in any scientific discipline with a minimum grade point average (GPA) and GRE scores as defined by The Graduate College. More specific departmental course requirements are as follows: one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, one semester or quarter of analytical chemistry or physical chemistry, one year of general biology, one year of molecular, cellular or advanced biology, mathematics through calculus, and one year of physics. At least one semester of biochemistry is highly recommended but not required. Students may be accepted with less than the minimum course requirements upon special action of the Graduate Program Committee, which may waive such requirements or require that the deficiency be rectified during the student's first year of graduate study.

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Financial Support

Students in the PhD program receive a stipend. PhD students also receive waivers for the full tuition cost of their classes. The cost of health insurance for most Rush students is not deducted from their stipends.

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Deadlines

Rolling review of applications starts in December for Fall quarter admission the following year. There is no absolute deadline for the submission of applications to the PhD program. Students with strong academic records are encouraged to apply at any time. Students are admitted once a year in the fall quarter. The number of students admitted is dependent on the number of stipends available. Students should apply early (by December or January). Each year the review of applications will begin in December. The most qualified applicants will be offered positions first. The process will continue until all stipends are distributed. In the past, as few as one or as many as four stipends were available.

For more information or to check the status of your application contact:

Thomas M. Schmid, PhD
Director of Graduate Education
Division of Biochemistry
(312) 942-3051

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For additional information about program requirements, see the Rush University Catalog.

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