In our doctoral program students do not apply to individual faculty, but to the program. So there is no need to contact individual faculty about admissions information. The annual application deadline is December 1st, but later applications will be considered if positions remain available.

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 INTL students
  • GRE scores are optional
  • Curriculum Vitae (resume)

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.

All applicants will apply through the Oregon State University Graduate school, here. More information on the application process can be found on our Admission Information page.

  • You can go here to learn more about GRE scores.

Foreign applicants must score 7 on the IELTS or fufill the TOEFL requriments as follows:

Internet-Based TOEFL 100 or better
Computer-Based TOEFL 250 or better
Paper TOEFL 600 or better
  • You can go here to view the Graduate School TOEFL requirements.

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.

If you are interested in pursuing a second Ph.D, please see information from the Graduate School.

GRE and TOEFL codes are as follows: GRE-University 4586;  TOEFL-University 4586