Graduate Program - Admission Requirements
The Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology adheres to the general admission procedures and requirements of the Graduate School.
Specific Admission Requirements Include:
B.S., B.A., or equivalent completed by time of matriculation.
Coursework (Recommended, but not required)
- Biology (one year course, with laboratory)
- General Inorganic Chemistry (one year course, with laboratory)
- Organic Chemistry (one year course, with laboratory)
- Biochemistry (one year course)
- Mathematics (preferably Calculus; one year course)
- Physics (one year course, with laboratory)
Additional undergraduate courses in microbiology, molecular biology, and genetics are not required but provide an important background.
Undergraduate Grade Point Average
A minimum of 3.00 (on a 4 point scale)
The General Graduate Record Examination with scores at or above the 70th percentile.
Applicants graduating from institutions where instruction is not in English must report the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
The GRE Advanced Subject Test is not required. However, a GRE Subject Test score in Biology, Chemistry, or Molecular Biology will enhance an application.
Applicants are encouraged to take standardized examinations early, as final decisions on admission cannot be made until official test results are reported. Official reports of test scores take up to six weeks from the date of the exam. Have test scores reported to Baylor College of Medicine, reporting number 6052 (do not confuse with Baylor University).
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation, from individuals familiar with the applicant, are required.
If applying directly from undergraduate school, these letters can be from any professor familiar with and able to evaluate the applicant. If your undergraduate program included a research experience(s), at least one of the letters should come from the mentor(s) of that research experience. If applying after some graduate school or after working in a research capacity, at least one of the letters must be from the graduate mentor or director of the research experience.