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Systems Biology and Physiology Graduate Program

How to Apply


Prospective students must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate institution and a strong background in the sciences; students are expected to have an overall GPA of at least 3.0, with particular emphasis placed on having excellent performance in the advanced science courses. Qualified students with specific deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation will be guided to remedy these either before, or during the early part of, their graduate education. Applicants are NOT required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Special Requirements for International Students

Students whose native language is other than English must demonstrate proficiency in English as required by the Graduate School. Options for meeting this requirement are described at

Additional information for international applicants


Application Procedures

Interested students should first complete the online application, choosing Summer 2020 entry term, fill out the personal information, and pay the $65.00 application fee ($70.00 for international students). We do not require you to submit a video interview. Before being considered, applicants must submit:

  • An official transcript of all undergraduate and any graduate training.
  • A personal statement describing their interest in graduate study in Systems Biology and Physiology.
  • Three letters of reference assessing the applicant’s academic ability, research potential, and character.
  • If you need help with the application fee, please contact Jeannie Cummins (
  • If your degree was granted in China, please check here for additional information.

Interview Process

When possible, applicants are invited to spend the day with students and faculty. The interview provides an opportunity for the applicant to meet the faculty and graduate students, see the program’s research facilities and learn more about the training offered by the program. Interviews conducted at this time will contribute significantly to the committee’s admission decision.



Applications and all supporting documents are accepted at any time; however to be considered for an early acceptance, submit your complete application no later than December 1. Start date for the program is July 1. All applications will be reviewed by the Admissions and Recruitment Committee. Offers of admission are made throughout the duration of the application cycle.