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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

A major goal of graduate program in biochemistry and molecular biology is to foster ability for independent thought. To this end, our faculty cultivates an open, collegial relationship with one another and with our students. Close collaboration between scientists, the sharing of ideas, and open inquiry are critical components of our training plan. Our goal is to develop your independence as a scientist.

The hallmarks of graduate training in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are the emphasis placed on the use of scientific literature in advanced coursework and on protecting time for laboratory research. In addition, you will have time for professional development through seminar presentation, attendance of national meetings, teaching opportunities, and seminar programs both within the department and throughout the Health Sciences Center.

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation

Additional Application Information

All students interested in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Ph.D. program must apply through the common admissions portal for all graduate programs in the biomedical sciences. Choice of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program occurs during the first year of graduate study after selection of an advisor for your dissertation research that trains students in this program.

Application includes a personal statement, transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, TOEFL scores (International only) and 3 letters of recommendation. Applicants must arrange to have official copies of transcripts and tests scores sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, P.O. Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510.

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

December 15

Spring Deadline


Summer Deadline


English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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