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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology  Doctoral


What is Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at WVU like?


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.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own term of admission and application deadline. Applicants can only apply for admission for the term displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: December 15

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What are the requirements to apply for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Letters of Recommendation - Three
  • Résumé /CV
  • Statement of Purpose

Additional application considerations:

  • Statement of purpose:

The statement of purpose should highlight your scientific interests, research experiences that informed these interests, your motivation for continuing your education and for choosing the Biomedical Sciences graduate programs at West Virginia University, and potential career goals. Applications without personal statements will not be reviewed. The statement of purpose is uploaded in the graduate application.

Scientific Interests

  • Describe how past experiences have motivated you to choose a career in science

Research For each previous experience describe:

  • The scientific question
  • Your role
  • Results and conclusions
  • Length of the experience

Career Goals

  • How does obtaining a PhD support your goals?
  • Describe role models or mentors that assisted in the discussion.

Additional experiences/information

  • Significant service and leadership activities
  • Accomplishments and awards
  • Overcoming past problems or obstacles
  • Be sure to explain gaps in your resume

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