Admissions Requirements


Jaehyung (Gus) Cho, PhD

Associate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies


Yulia Komarova, PhD

Associate Professor

Co-Director of Graduate Studies


Admissions Requirements

Applicants will be considered on an individual basis. The department does not admit students to a master's program. In addition to the Graduate College requirements, applicants must meet the following minimum program requirements:


Baccalaureate Degree:  No restrictions. Prior academic work should include chemistry, biology, physics and math. Biochemistry and physiology are also helpful.


Grade Point Average:  Minimum 2.75 out of 4.00 (3.0 or above preferred).


Tests Required:  GRE general. Preference is given to the applicants with percentile ranking above 65% on the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the GRE.


Minimum TOEFL Scores:  213 (computer-based test); Reading 19, Speaking 20, Listening 17, Writing 21, Total 80 (iBT); 550 (paper-based test)


Minimum IELTS Scores:  Listening 6.0; Writing 6.0; Reading 6.0; Speaking 6.0; Total Score : 6.5


Letters of Recommendation:  Please submit three (3) letters of recommendation, which should be on the author's letterhead.


Personal Statement:  Required. One page summarizing past academic and research experience (if any) and motivation for pursuing a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology.


Interview and Visit to Department:  Qualified candidates will be invited to interviews arranged in conjunction with the GEMS program.