Masters of Science in Cancer Chemical Biology

Apply now for Fall 2017 admissions!

The MS in Cancer Chemical Biology has a rolling admissions policy. Applications are considered throughout the year.

Fall 2017
International student deadline: April 24th, 2017
Domestic student deadline: July 10th, 2017

Applications received after this time may be considered for admission into the next year's Fall semester. Fall 2017 admissions offers must be accepted or declined in Wolverine Access by noon (EST) on August 1, 2017.

Starting in Fall 2012, the Program in Chemical Biology began offering a Masters of Science in Cancer Chemical Biology. Individuals who might be interested in pursuing a MS in Cancer Chemical Biology include postbaccalaureate students seeking additional quantitative scientific coursework and experience prior to applying to graduate school, medical school, pharmacy school, nursing school and dental school, as well as international students who wish to obtain direct experience at a US institution prior to applying to US scientific graduate programs.

This Masters program will require completion of a total of at least 24 credits over the course of two semesters. All students will complete a core of Chemical Biology courses (Chemical Biology 501 and 502; 6 credits total), Ethics Training (Fall term; 1 credit), and Critical Analysis in Chemical Biology (Chemical Biology 601 002 and 602 002; 4 credits total which includes a capstone writing project). Additionally, the Program in Chemical Biology will offer preferred consideration for admission to the PhD program for students who maintain a GPA of 4.0 or higher (on a scale to 4.3) in their MS coursework.

The Program in Chemical Biology's Masters Degree Admission Committee pays careful attention to letters of recommendation (3), statements of purpose, and college transcripts when reviewing applications. Minimum requirements include a 3.0 GPA including foundational coursework in chemistry and mathematics. The GRE is not required for admission to the program, although scores will be reviewed if provided.

Current tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state domestic residents can be found here, (select Rackham listed under College of Literature, Science & the Arts)

For international students, Rackham estimates cost of attendance for 2016-2017 to be as follows:

  • Estimated cost for one year beginning Fall 2016: $65,475
    • Out-of-state tuition for academic year: $43,674
    • Living expenses (12 months): $19,200
    • Non-GSI health insurance provided through the International Center: $1,401
    • Books and supplies: $1,200

Required Materials for All Applications:


Rackham Graduate School Application for Admission


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


Official GRE Scores (optional):
Official GRE General test scores, received directly from ETS (if scores are not available at the time of application, please also submit a copy of your score report; GRE Subject tests are not required)


Academic Statement of Purpose:
Written Academic Statement of Purpose, a summary of your professional interests, including the goals and accomplishments of your coursework, research, and relevant work experience


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 and minimums, can be found HERE

Notes for All Applicants:


Note on the GRE:
If taken, applicants must request that official GRE scores be reported directly to the University of Michigan from Educational Testing Services (ETS). The University of Michigan's ETS institution code is 1839. An individual department code is not necessary. International applicants are also required to request that official TOEFL scores are received by the University of Michigan.


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