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, 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. Prospective students can apply online for admission through the UNMC Graduate Studies office website .

When submitting your application for the IGBPS, you will have two options:

  1. All IGPBS Programs (Uncommitted)

You can apply as an IGPBS uncommitted student. Being "uncommitted" means that you prefer to have the option to perform research rotations in any laboratory affiliated with the IGPBS program, in any of the IGPBS doctoral programs. If you choose this option, once you start filling out information in the application, you will be prompted to choose two (2) doctoral programs that most interest you. Students will commit to a doctoral program at the time their laboratory rotations are completed. **If you choose to apply as "IGPBS uncommitted", choose only this option from the main list of applications. DO NOT add two different doctoral programs (see the below list) to your cart. The application system will read this as two separate applications. Once you choose "All IGPBS Programs (Uncommitted)" and start filling out the application, the system will THEN ask you to choose the two (2) doctoral programs that most interest you.

  1. IGPBS ‘doctoral program name ‘ Only (Committed)

 Being "committed" to a doctoral program at the time of application means that it is your intent at this time to pursue research in that particular program and plan to conduct your research rotations in labs associated only with this program.

All students will need to be accepted by both the general IGPBS program and at least one individual IGPBS doctoral program at the time of acceptance. For uncommitted students, selecting two preferred programs means that at least one of these programs will pre-approve / accept you into their program if you later chose to commit to that doctoral program. If an uncommitted student wishes to commit to another doctoral program after their rotations, then that doctoral program would need to accept their application at that time.

Fee Waivers

The IGPBS program offers an application fee waiver for all students who apply to the IGPBS program.  When students submit their application, the application will show a balance of $0.00 for the application fee.  If it does not show that, please contact the IGPBS office before submitting the application.

Prospective students interested in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Doctoral Program must apply for admission through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program . This website explains the two options students have when submitting an application: 1) students can apply directly to  Depatment of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as a committed student; or, 2) as an uncommitted student to IGPBS who selects  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as a program of interest in the application process.

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.