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 December of each year and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis through March.
  • 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 BMG department uses a holistic approach for reviewing applications and selecting candidates for interview.  The applicant’s academic record, research experience, and letters of recommendation are closely evaluated.  Competitive candidates have a strong background in biochemistry, chemistry, or biology with evidence of rigorous coursework.  The GRE test is required and the scores are considered as part of academic profile. There is no requirement for a minimum GRE score. 

Competitive applicants have:

  • A minimum undergraduate (and graduate) overall 3.0 grade point average (4.0 system) with an average of 3.0 in science courses.
  • Previous research experience
  • Strong letters of recommendation

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

  • A stipend of $25,000 per year ($26,000 when students achieve candidacy and meet year 3 program milestone requirements)
  • All tuition and fees
  • Student health insurance