Admissions Process

Admissions Process

Selection Process

  1. The Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics Graduate Executive Committee (GEC) reviews applications on a rolling basis
  2. Top candidates will be invited to interview with GEC by Skype or in person
  3. Select candidates will be invited to a recruitment weekend in February to visit the department, meet faculty and students, and learn about U ofL graduate program.
  4. The Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics department will nominate 4 -6 candidates for Integrated Programs in Biomedical Sciences (IPIBS) fellowship.
  5. The IPIBS admissions committee will perform an independent review of the nominated candidates and recommend fellowship awards for qualified applicants.
  6. The department will notify applicants by e.mail of their status (accept, waitlist, regretfully deny)


  • Review of applications begins in January of each year and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis through April.
  • Applicants will be notified by e.mail of their status (accept, waitlist, regretfully deny) throughout the process.
  • All applicants that are accepted into the program must respond with their decision no later than April 15th. In the absence of a response, after April 15th the position in the program and financial support is no longer guaranteed and may be offered to another applicant
  • Admissions will be completed by May 15 of each year.


The Department selects qualified students for admission into the Ph.D. program based on the following criteria:

  • A minimum undergraduate (and graduate) overall 3.0 grade point average (4.0 system) with an average of 3.0 in science courses.
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry
  • Minimum verbal and quantitative GRE scores of 150
  • Previous research experience
  • Strong letters of recommendation

Differences in undergraduate training are recognized, and each application is treated individually. Qualified students who meet some, but not all, the established criteria may be invited to interview. Research experience is a key criteria that is carefully evaluated.

All students accepted for admission to the Ph.D. program are awarded an IPIBS fellowship that includes the following financial package:

  • A stipend of $23,500 per year ($24,000 when students achieve candidacy)
  • All tuition and fees
  • Student health insurance