iBio Admissions Information

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To apply for admission to the iBio Program, please visit the iBio Application page. 

Successful Ph.D. applicants typically have:

  • Undergraduate GPA of > 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
  • Substantial independent research experience.
  • Most or all of these recommended undergraduate courses: college physics or upper level statistics, organic chemistry and/or biochemistry, one semester of calculus, and one semester of fundamental genetics.
    Note: Submission of GRE scores is not required, although these can be provided if available.

Applications will be reviewed under a general, or holistic approach, recognizing that applicants have different areas of strength. Factors considered in the review process include undergraduate academic performance (emphasis on grades for science courses), previous research experience, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose. Standardized test scores (such as GRE, MCAT, or equivalent) are not required but will be considered when provided by the applicant.

Competitive candidates residing in the U.S. will be invited for an interview weekend in February at the expense of the iBio Program. To be selected for an interview, only complete applications will be reviewed. A complete application includes:

  • Statement of Interest/Research
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Transcripts
  • International students must also submit an English proficiency score

Applicants may be notified about acceptance and financial support shortly thereafter, or by April 1st at the latest. Offers made by April 1st require students to notify the department of their decision by April 15th.

M.S. applicants: Prior to formally applying to the M.S. program through the Office of Admissions (and paying the requisite application fee), M.S. applicants should correspond with and receive an invitation to affiliate with a specific laboratory from a Department of Biology faculty member. This may entail sending informal transcripts/grade reports and requested documentation to the faculty member. Invitations from the proposed faculty mentor are conditional upon the approval of the formal application by the department's Graduate Admissions Committee. Complete applications submission deadline is May 22nd.

International Ph.D. or M.S. applicants: Students whose first language is not English are advised to review the English language proficiency recommendations for prospective applicants. Teaching Assistant (TA) appointments require certification of English proficiency. Typically, international students admitted to the iBio program will have high TOEFL scores (at least 90 overall on the internet-based test (iBT), and a speaking score of 22 or greater).