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Applications for the MS and PhD programs in Biochemistry are accepted for the Fall semester.  PhD Applications are encouraged to be submitted by February 15th with the final deadline being March 30th.  MS applicants are encouraged to apply by March 30th with a final deadline of May 15th. 

To apply, please submit the following:
  • Online application, statement of purpose, and CV
  • 3 letters of recommendation emailed to by the recommender
  • Official GRE scores provided to school code 1676
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • International applicants must also submit TOEFL scores (if from a non native English speaking country) and a course by course ECE evaluation of their transcripts

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. Competitive applicants will be interviewed. 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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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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