Application for Admission

The applicant must submit a completed application form together with the official college transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a narrative describing his/her goals, and a $45 application fee to the office of the Dean for Graduate Studies and Research on the Medical Center campus (address below). The application is to be completed online.

Transfer students: An applicant who is enrolled as a graduate student in another department in the University system must obtain permission, in writing, from that department to apply for admission into the graduate program of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Foreign students must pass a proficiency examination in English (TOEFL) and fulfill other entrance requirements (check with the office of the Dean for Graduate Studies and Research). Students applying late may encounter delays in admission and may not be able to register for the desired session. Transcripts and all other materials submitted in support of an application become the permanent property of the University and will not be returned.

Graduate Studies and Research Office:

University of Nebraska Medical Center
Graduate Studies Office
2029-2030 Academic Research Services
987810 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-7810

Prerequisite Courses

Admission to graduate work in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology may be granted to a student with a B.S. or B.A. degree from a recognized college or university.  The student should have a comprehensive background in chemistry, general physics, mathematics and general biology. 

We prefer students with one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, mathematics through integral calculus, and one year of biological sciences.  A course in biochemistry is highly recommended but is not required, and courses in analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, genetics, and computer applications are helpful.  An opportunity to correct course deficiencies is offered during the first year of graduate study.

Graduate Record Examination scores should be submitted as part of the application.  The advanced biology, chemistry, or biochemistry/molecular biology subject test is highly recommended.  Only under select circumstances can the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) substitute for the Graduate Record Examination.

Evaluation of Application

The Graduate Committee of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department reviews the completed application file and recommends acceptance or rejection of the applicant to the Dean for Graduate Studies and Research.