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About BMMB

The BMMB (Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology) graduate program is an interdisciplinary program centered in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB), part of the Eberly College of Science. The BMMB program includes more than 55 faculty and 60 graduate students with wide-ranging research expertise. 


How to Apply to BMMB

  • Read the Graduate School’s Requirements for Graduate Admission



Submissions from domestic and international applicants with a bachelor's degree or higher in a relevant field will be considered.


Documents Required for Submission

  • Three recommendation letters. At least one letter from a research adviser(s) is recommended.
    • Please note that recommendation letters are to be submitted by the referees (not by the applicant), and that the letters must be received for the application to be considered complete.
  • Personal Statement, including the description of your:
    • Motivation/Reason for going to graduate school to obtain Ph.D.
    • Research Experience
    • Research Interests
    • Future Career Plans
    • If you feel that any component of your application (e.g. grades, scores, etc.) does not reflect your potential for graduate studies, feel free to address those issues in your personal statement.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Upload unofficial and/or scanned versions of transcripts for all institutions attended directly into the online application.
    • The Graduate School will require all accepted students to submit official transcripts prior to enrollment at Penn State.
  • GRE scores to be sent to Penn State.
    • Our institution/school code is 2660, departmental code is 0202.
  • International applicants (with some exceptions) are required to take the TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and submit the results of the test with the application for admission.
    • Our institution/school code is 2660, departmental code is 34.


Application deadline

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit completed applications prior to December 1, 2018. Late applications will be considered, but may be given a lower priority. Applications that are not completed by January 15, 2019 will not be considered for the Fall 2019 admission.


Application Review

Applications to the program are reviewed by the BMMB Graduate Recruiting Committee. All materials must be received before the application can be evaluated. Following review of the applications, prospective students will be contacted about scheduling an in person, all-expense-paid, interview at Penn State  for domestic applicants or by telephone or Skype for international applicants. Scheduling and additional information for these weekends is provided at the time of invitation. Decisions on offers of admission will be made after interviews. Applicants will be contacted as soon as possible to inform them of their status.


You may check the status of your application by visiting The Graduate School's website.