Ph.D. in Chemical Biology

Applications for Fall 2019 will open in September 2018.

The deadline for PhD applications for Fall 2019 is December 15, 2018.

The Chemical Biology Doctoral Program is a free-standing program that results in a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Biology. This program is not a concentration within any particular department at Michigan, but rather is a separate interdepartmental graduate program that involves faculty from several different departments and units within the University of Michigan. Prospective students who are interested in a Ph.D. in Chemical Biology should apply directly to this program. Prospective students who are interested in a Ph.D. in Chemistry with a specialization in chemical biology, for example, should apply directly to the Chemistry Department.

Admission to the Chemical Biology Doctoral Program is competitive. Therefore, after review by the admissions committee, a select number of students who meet the academic eligibility requirements will be invited to visit the campus and attend our interview weekend in February where candidates meet the Program faculty and students. The Program organizes and pays all reasonable travel expenses for these visits. Following each weekend, the Admission Committee finalizes admission decisions and candidates are notified of the Program's official decision.

The Chemical Biology Doctoral Program Admission Committee pays careful attention to letters of recommendation, college transcripts, and applicant statements when reviewing applications. In addition, the Admission Committee expects that applicants have accumulated at least one year of research experience outside of laboratory course work. As of 2014, GRE scores are not required for admission to the Program in Chemical Biology and are not reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Required Materials for All Applications:


Rackham Graduate School Application for Admission
(the application fee is waived for U.S. citizens and permanent residents)


One copy uploaded with the Rackham Graduate School Application. Additionally, one official academic transcript should be mailed directly from each institution where you have earned or will earn a degree. Include your date of birth or U-M ID# with each academic record/transcript to aid in matching your document to your application. (How to Submit your Transcript)

Additional information about transcripts can be found HERE


Statement of Purpose:
Written Research Statement (Statement of Purpose) that includes a minimum of three Program faculty whose research areas are of interest, as well as a summary of your research experience, including the goals and accomplishments of your undergraduate or postgraduate research


Personal Statement:
Written Personal Statement


CV or Resume:
Curriculum vitae or resume


Letters of Recommendation:
Three letters of recommendation (Note: The Rackham Recommendation for Admission Form is required to be included with each letter that is submitted)

Additional information about recommendation letters can be found HERE

To check the status of your letters of recommendation or resend the notification email, use the ApplyWeb Activity Page

Additional Materials Required for International Applicants:
(who are NOT U.S. Citizens or Permant Residents)


Official TOEFL Scores:
Official TOEFL scores, received directly from ETS (or other assessment of English language skills; if scores are not available at the time of application, please also submit a paper copy of your score report)

Additional information about language skills tests, including the TOEFL score guidelines, can be found HERE


Application Fee:
Payment of the application fee

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Program Office at 734.763.7175 or