Graduate Admissions and Guidelines

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Graduate Admissions Process

  • Apply to the program through the NC State Graduate School via their online application. Be mindful of application deadlines.
  • The NC State Graduate School website has helpful for information on admissions, research programs, funding, student organizations, the Graduate Catalog, and a calendar of important deadlines. Students can also request additional information from Dr. Michael Goshe, director of Masters graduate programs or Dr. Joe Barycki, director of Ph.D. program.
  • Include the following in your application materials:
    • A personal statement outlining specific interests in biochemistry, research experience, and career goals
    • A processing fee of $75 for US citizens or $85 for non-resident international students in the form of a check or money order payable to NC State University. Do not send cash.
    • One (1) official transcript of your complete post-secondary academic record
      GRE scores, code number 5496. The biochemistry subject test is not required but is highly recommended.
    • A minimum of three (3) letters of reference with a completed evaluation form from the NC State University Graduate School application, from faculty members familiar with your academic achievement and potential.
  • You may request information about the graduate program in Molecular and Structural Biochemistry by submitting a request online.
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Students entering the biochemistry graduate program have a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, chemistry or a related physical or biological science, including undergraduate courses in organic chemistry, calculus, physics and physical chemistry, as well as biochemistry or molecular biology.

We evaluate an applicant’s complete file so there are no absolute minimum GPA or GRE scores.  Typically, admitted students have a GPA > 3.2 in biochemistry or a related field, and have GRE scores >60th percentile overall.  However, research experience and motivation for attending graduate school are strongly considered.

Up to six (6) of the 30 credits may be earned in laboratory rotations (BCH 670) and thesis research (BCH 695). On average, completion of the M.S. degree requires two to three years.
Requirements for the Ph.D. degree include a minimum of 30 credit hours in coursework and thesis research, including the three graduate core courses and at least two advanced courses in biochemistry or molecular biology, and teaching experience. Formal coursework may be completed within three semesters; on average, students complete the Ph.D. degree in five years.
The department endeavors to meet the financial needs of students accepted into its doctoral program. All admitted students are offered the opportunity to apply for graduate teaching and research assistantships.
Review of applications begins on December 2nd for enrollment in the Fall of the following year.  Please check the NC State Graduate School website for graduate application deadlines