Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Penn State Science
You are here: Home Graduate Prospective Students Apply to BMMB

Apply to BMMB

Main Content

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 54 faculty and 59 graduate students with wide-ranging research expertise. 


How to Apply to BMMB

  • Read the Graduate School’s Requirements for Graduate Admission
  • Pay the application fee
    • If the $65 application fee presents a financial hardship, please contact us by email to be considered for a fee waiver. 



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


Required Information for Application

  • Answer the BMMB program specific questions within the application:
    • Describe any research experiences (in class, in a research lab, at work, etc.). What did you learn most from this experience?
    • Briefly describe a personal or an academic obstacle you have overcome or a challenge you have met. What impact did it have on your life?
    • What are your current research interests and why is that field/area attractive to you?
    • Socially diverse groups do better science, are more productive and innovative, and make better decisions. How would you support or contribute to diversity and inclusion in the BMMB program?
    • Please describe any other qualifications, interests, outreach or experiences that you would like us to know about. (This is a chance to tell us anything that you think is relevant that we didn't ask!)
    • How did you learn about the Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology (BMMB) graduate program?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • BMMB no longer evaluates GRE scores for admission to our graduate program. If you have taken the GREs and would like to submit your scores, you may self-report your score within the application.
  • 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.