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Ph.D. Application Materials

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Minimum Admission Requirements

An applicant must satisfy the minimum admission requirements of the Graduate College. In addition, an applicant must hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree in an appropriate scientific discipline, and should have undergraduate course work that includes cell biology, biochemistry, calculus and general physics. GRE test scores are required. Program Director Denise Wingett can provide more detailed guidance to interested students on academic preparation. Admission is competitive and achievement of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Undergraduate Degrees


  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biophysics
  • Cell biology
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Engineering
  • Genetics
  • Material Science
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Physics

Undergraduate Prerequisites

Note: applicants missing prerequisites may be accepted with provisional status and allowed to make up deficiencies while in the program.

  • Cell Biology (BIOL 320)
  • Calculus 1 (MATH 170)
  • General Physics (PHYS 112) or Physics with Calculus (PHYS 212).
  • Biochemistry Routes
    1. Biochemistry (CHEM 431)
    2. Fundamentals of Biochemistry (CHEM 350) and Introduction to Biophysics (PHYS 307)
    3. Introduction to biophysics (PHYS 307) and satisfactory performance on a biochemistry placement exam*

*To be administered prior to start of first semester in the program.


  • International Student Applicants are encouraged to begin the admissions process several months prior to the admissions deadline. This allows time for potential delays in the processing of visa and entry documents by the US Department of Immigration.
  • January 10 – Fall General Admissions Deadline: Priority financial assistance (stipends and tuition waivers).
  • May 7 – Late Applications: Late applicants are encouraged to submit applications materials through May 7th. Late applicants remain eligible for offers of financial assistance pending availability.
  • September 15 – Spring General Admissions Deadline: Financial assistance pending availability. Note: assistantships are typically awarded for fall admissions.

To apply for the Biomolecular Sciences Ph.D. Program, please complete the following:

  • Fill out the graduate application online.
  • Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office. MS-1110 Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725.
  • Have official GRE scores for the General Test sent to Graduate Admissions- Official scores are submitted by Educational Testing Services to Boise State University upon applicant request. Use institution code 4018. (view information for international students)
  • For international students, official TOEFL score or IELTS score (view all score requirements)
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references.
  • A brief personal statement (no more than two pages) describing the applicant’s academic and professional background, career goals, and three to six faculty members that you are most interested in working with (see section Selection of Major Advisor/Lab Rotations).
  • A scientific writing sample.
  • A resume listing educational training, awards, publications, poster presentations, grants, etc.

If you have any questions, please contact the Program Coordinator Beth Gee at