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 How to Apply to the Biochemistry Graduate Program


Applications are being accepted for the fall semester only and should be submitted by December 1. We will accept applications after this date, but they may not be reviewed if available positions are filled. The Biochemistry Program awards only the Ph.D. degree and does not admit candidates seeking an M.S. degree.

Procedures for preparing a complete application:

  1. Submit an online application to the Purdue Graduate School. There is a $60 application fee for domestic applicants and $75 for international applicants. See Grad school website for specific details.
  2. Have official copies of the GRE scores sent to Purdue. The institutional code for Purdue is 1631. You do not need a departmental code.
  3. Provide the following items:

    o Three letters of recommendation. Provided on your behalf from individuals who are able to assess your scholarly abilities and your potential for success in graduate school. Forms provided by the graduate school can be used for this purpose. Referees should send their letters directly to the Biochemistry graduate program at the address listed below. If you have research experience with academic or industrial laboratories, it is advantageous for at least one of the letters to come from a supervisor familiar with your work. The letters may be submitted on line or printed and mailed.

    o Statement of purpose . Follow the graduate school guidelines for preparation of this document, which should contain 500 words or less. We recommend that you include comments on your research activities. The statement of purpose can be submitted through your online application.

  4. Send official transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended. Please note you now have the ability to upload copies of your transcripts with your application, this does not replace your official transcripts. Official transcripts in sealed envelopes from your school must be received by Purdue University before any offer of admission is extended. We recommend to request official transcripts from your school the same time you submit your application. 
  5. International students who did not receive their undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution must submit official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores in addition to all items listed above. The institutional code for Purdue is 1631. You do not need a departmental code. The minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) score required is 600. The minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) scores required are: 
        • Writing 22
        • Speaking 22
        • Listening 22
        • Reading 22
        • Total 100

IELTS (Academic Module): An alternative to the TOEFL. Scores of 7 or higher will be accepted.

Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module): An alternative to the TOEFL. Scores of 65 or higher will be accepted.

TWE for Non-Native English Speakers: Not Required.

These materials should be mailed to:  

Graduate Admissions Committee 
Department of Biochemistry 
Purdue University 
175 S. University St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2063

Please contact us if you have questions regarding the application procedures. You may also find help at the "frequently asked question page" at the graduate school website.