How to Apply
Create an account in the graduate school admissions portal. Select the program “Molecular and Biomedical Sciences” and follow instructions in the web link provided. Indicate your choice of graduate program in the Personal Statement Form (Word/PDF). You may apply to one or more than one of the following programs for a single application fee:
- Biochemistry and Biophysics
- Cellular, Molecular
- Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Design
- Medicinal Chemistry
For full consideration, the application deadline is December 1. In some cases, applications will be considered after this time if positions in the program remain unfilled.
Are applications considered after the deadline?
Yes, but late applications may not be considered if available positions have been filled.
What makes a particular application stand out?
Research experience! The most successful applicants have significant and productive research experience. They are able to effectively describe the background and rationale for their research in the personal statement as well as summarize what was accomplished. Exceptional research experience (a master's degree, many years of experience, publications, etc.) may offset minor deficiencies in either GPA or GRE scores.
What makes a personal statement stand out?
What is the average GPA score needed to be admitted?
A competitive application will have a GPA of 3.1 or better (on a 4.0 scale). If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.1, additional
Do you require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?
Yes. Competitive applicants typically have a sum of Verbal and Quantitative scores greater than 300 (new scale). GRE scores are valid for five years. If the exam was taken more than five years ago, it is recommended that it be taken again.
My GRE scores are below your recommended scores, should I still apply?
If your scores are significantly below the median, it is highly recommended you retake the GRE.
Do I need the GRE subject test?
GRE subject tests are not required.
What is your institutional code for GRE exams?
The University of Montana GRE institution code is 4489.
Is the TOEFL exam required for international students?
For the most up to date requirements, visit the UM Graduate School.
How many letters of recommendation do I need?
Three letters are required. Letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic and research capabilities are strongly encouraged. Names and complete contact information for the three references must be entered in the online application. References will be sent instructions from the online application system.
Do we admit international students?
Yes, international students will be contacted for a phone interview prior to being considered for admission.
Do I need to provide original transcripts?
Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded with the application. However, official transcripts must be provided as a condition for final acceptance. Official transcripts should be sent directly to the Graduate School.
What do I do if I forgot to upload something and I already submitted my application?
Call (406-243-2572) or email (email@example.com) the Graduate School Admissions Office as soon as possible.
Do I have to pay the Graduate School application fee?
Yes, the Graduate School does not offer a fee waiver for any reason. The application fee is $60. This fee will allow you to apply to one or more program under the MBS umbrella.
When will I be notified of my application status?
We review applications starting in December and invite our top domestic candidates to visit campus for interviews at our expense in late February or March. Phone interviews are conducted for the top international applicants in February or March. Official offers will be made shortly after the on-campus visits and phone interviews.
How do students find a thesis advisor/laboratory?
All programs assign incoming students a
- Upload all materials to the online application platform.
- Do NOT submit until all materials are uploaded.
- Be in communication with all of your references. Encourage them to submit their references in a timely manner.
- Frequently check the email you provided. If you are missing materials or if there are any problems with your application, we will only contact you by email.