Apply Now for 2023

The Spring application is open. The application date for Spring is October 1.

The application date for next Fall is February 1.

The application process is entirely online. Please complete and/or upload all of the items listed below to your application account. There is no need to mail items to our office.

Bachelor's Degree

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree in any science field with an overall GPA of 2.7 or higher, and 3.0 in upper-division chemistry coursework. The program is intended for students with an undergraduate degree in chemistry or biochemistry, equivalent to the B.S. in Chemistry or Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry at USF (ACS-certified is desirable). This usually includes a third-year course in physical chemistry, an advanced third- or fourth-year lab course (instrumental analysis, for example), and undergraduate research experience. Typically a Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy or chemical engineering does not qualify for our program.

Tests and GPA Requirements

The GRE general test score is required, and the GRE Subject exam in Chemistry is strongly encouraged.

Average GRE general exam scores:

  • Verbal – 153 (54%)
  • Quantitative – 156 (63%)
  • Analytical Writing – 4.3 (68%)

USF school code for GRE and TOEFL is 4850

For international applicants, an English Language exam score (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE) is required.

Transcript (Academic Record)

Upload a copy of your transcript from each university and college attended. Please ensure the institution’s name and your name is on the document you upload. Transcripts from any schools and study abroad programs must be submitted since Bachelor's Degree institutions typically do not list transfer and study abroad courses with grades. If still enrolled in your Bachelor's program, submit a copy of your transcript showing in-progress courses. If admitted, an official transcript with proof of graduation is required. USF undergraduates upload their unofficial transcripts for admission review and do not need to send an official USF transcript.

Statement of Purpose

A two-page statement that describes your reasons for pursuing this area of graduate study, your science background and experience, and your educational and professional goals.

Resume or CV

Your current resume or CV lists and describes your educational history, work or job history, coursework related to the Biotechnology program, and any experiences relevant to your pursuit of graduate studies – including internships, published articles or other published materials, volunteer/community service experience, study or work outside of your home country, and any interests or activities related to this graduate program.

Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of two recommendation letters are required for your application. Additional letters of recommendation are accepted. Follow the instructions in the online application to provide the contact information for your recommenders.

You may submit your application before your recommenders upload their letters.

International Applicants

There are additional items and instructions for international applicants.

Notification of Admission Decision

Applicants are typically contacted four to six weeks after the priority application date about an admission decision, and any scholarship or teaching assistantship awarded by the program. Once the class is filled, other qualified applicants may be placed on a waiting list or may reapply in the next admission term.