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Applying to Graduate School

Applying to Graduate School

In our doctoral program students, students apply to the program rather than to individual faculty, but to the program – so there is no need to connect with individual faculty about admissions information. The annual application deadline is December 15th, but later applications will be considered if positions remain available. Please contact with questions about submitting a late application.


Students wishing to be admitted to the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State University should apply to the Graduate School. A complete application consists of:

  • A completed application form
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation (on letterhead stationary to be sent in by the referee)
  • Transcripts of all college-level academic work
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international students
  • Curriculum vitae (resume)
  • GRE scores (optional)
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Generally, a successful applicant will have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 (on a scale of 4).

Combined GRE aptitude scores of 300 for Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning, and 3.5 for Analytical Writing in the new scoring system. On the old GRE scoring scale we look for 1200 on Verbal and Quantitative, and 3.5 on Analytical Writing. Alternatively, candidates will present comparable evidence indicative of probable success in graduate school.

GRE-University Code: 4586

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To be admitted in good standing a student should have completed a bachelor's degree program in chemistry, physics, or a biological science. The typical applicant will have at least one year of general physics, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, biology, and mathematics through calculus. In general, all graduate students accepted into the Ph.D program are offered financial support.

Graduate school information for pursuing a second Ph.D.

International applicants

International applicants must score 7 on the IELTS or fulfill the TOEFL requirements as follows:

  • Internet-based TOEFL: 100 or better
  • Computer-based TOEFL: 250 or better
  • Paper TOEFL: 600 or better

TOEFL-University Code: 4586

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