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The MU Biochemistry Department is known internationally for its cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and state-of-the art facilities. The research interests of our faculty span a wide range of modern biochemistry topics integrating basic and translational research. Research topics include the molecular basis of cancer and human diseases, cell signaling, host-pathogen interactions, plant biology, structural biology, metabolic engineering, proteomics, metabolomics, and single-molecule studies of molecular machines.

The Ph.D. graduate program in biochemistry emphasizes student training in collaborative and cross-disciplinary research, critical thinking and professional development. It is closely interwoven with the scholarly and outreach activities of the faculty. The department has been a leader in interdisciplinary cooperation and collaboration throughout the department, university, US and the world. Graduate student training is strongly influenced by these interdisciplinary involvements. Biochemistry graduate students benefit from a vibrant Biochemistry Graduate Student Organization and supportive Biochemistry faculty members engaged in mentoring and providing a nurturing training environment.

During their first year, MU Biochemistry graduate students identify faculty members for research rotations prior to choosing one for their Ph.D. research. A comprehensive package of financial support allows MU Biochemistry graduate students to concentrate on their studies and research. Every graduate student is guaranteed a stipend while making acceptable progress.

Click here to view the Biochemistry Graduate Student Handbook.

Degrees Offered


On Campus

*This program is eligible for the STEM OPT Extension.

Admission Criteria

Entrance TermApplication Deadline
FallDecember 7
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Research experience required
  • GRE recommended but not required
  • Applications will be reviewed if arrive past deadline; but admittance will depend upon remaining positions.

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Biochemistry Program

  • Completed graduate school application form: Submit through the Graduate School online application
  • Transcripts: Upload unofficial copies of all transcripts to your online application. You will be asked to provide official documents if accepted by the program.
  • Letters of Recommendation (3): Provide information for three recommenders in your online application. Letter(s) of recommendation from research advisor(s) are encouraged. Recommenders will be sent a secure link to the recommendation system via email.
  • 500-750 word personal statement about your experiences and goals (no more than one single-spaced page; upload to your online application).
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV) outlining educational background; teaching, research and professional experiences; and if applicable awards and honors, conference presentations, publications (no more than two pages; upload to your online application).
  • Official GRE scores recommended but not required. Send to MU by using the institutional code 6875 and departmental code 0202.
  • For more information, go to the MU Biochemistry Graduate Studies website..