Admission Requirements

Requirements for the Center for Biological Chemistry Graduate Program:

  • B.S. or B.A. or equivalent degree in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, or a related field.
  • International students whose native language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper), 213 (computer-based), 79-80 (internet-based) or minimum of 6.5 (IELTS).  Test scores can be no more than two years old. 
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Fall Admission:

Review of applications for Fall admission will begin December 1st and will continue until available positions are filled. 

Admission decisions are made by the Graduate Admissions Committee (5-faculty members), which reviews all of the completed applications. Admitted students are provided with a graduate assistantship.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early so they can be considered for prestigious University Fellowships, which significantly enhances assistantships. Historically, our incoming students have been very competitive for these awards.

Qualified applicants will be invited to a recruitment weekend in early February. This event will provide you with the opportunity to meet with our current students and faculty as well as network with others in the life sciences at the University of Nebraska.

This year's main campus visit weekend is scheduled from February 3rd to February 4th.

Deadline for acceptance of an offer is April 15.

BIOC Graduate Program Application Process

Submit application materials below to UNL Graduate Studies:

  • Graduate Studies Application FormComplete online.
  • Application Fee — Submit application fee (check or money order for $50 payable to "UNL Graduate Studies" or include credit card information on the online Graduate Studies Application Form above). Our program offers application fee waivers for strong applicants. We encourage you to send your application materials to for initial evaluation by the Admissions Committee. If committee decides that your candidacy is a good fit for the program, you will be invited to submit an official application and will receive a code for application fee waiver.  Additionally, the Big Ten Academic Alliance provides an application fee waiver program for eligible US citizens and applicants with permanent resident status. See
  • Transcripts — One set of transcripts, uploaded to MyRED (see upload requirements)
  • Additional Requirements for International Applicants living outside USA:
  • TOEFL Scores — Submit official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score. Minimum score is: 550 (paper), 213 (computer-based), 79-80 (internet-based) or minimum of 6.0 (IELTS). Test scores can be no more than two years old. Send one official TOEFL report to UNL Graduate Studies. Request ETS online to send an official report  to University of Nebraska - Lincoln (Institutional Code: 6877) Biochemistry Department (Biochemistry Departmental Code: 0202).
  • Financial Resource Certification Form — Complete and submit the Financial Resource Certification Form.
Once you have completed the Graduate Studies Application online you will receive an email welcoming you to our new CollegeNET system (usually within 24 hours). When you have received this email please go to your CollegeNET site and complete the following pages:
  • Personal Information — Regardless of where you live you must choose a STATE and COUNTRY option when completing your address or CollegeNET will show this information incomplete.
  • Personal Statement — Submit a statement describing long-term goals, how graduate studies in Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska will help you achieve your goals, and any additional information you think will help in evaluating your application.
  • Area of Interest — choose a 1st area of interest. A 2nd and 3rd area of interest is optional.
  • Supporting Files — Upload your personal statement, CV, abstracts or other supporting information in pdf format. DO NOT upload your transcripts.
  • References — Fill in name, address and email address for 3 recommenders. An email address must be given so that your recommenders receive an email telling them how to upload their letters of recommendation* directly to your application site.
  • Letters of Recommendation — If a recommender does not have email access letters and recommendation form may be submitted in the following manner: 1) sent in sealed envelopes, 2) sent directly by the person writing the letter to the Biochemistry Department address listed below, or 3) as an attachment in an email along with the recommendation form to

Office of Graduate Studies

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1100 Seaton Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0619
Grad Admissions: 402.472.2878
Grad Studies: 402.472.2875
Toll-Free (US & Canada only): 800.742.8800
Fax: 402.472.0589

Department of Biochemistry

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
N200 Beadle Center
Lincoln, NE 68588-0664
Telephone: 402-472-2932
Fax: 402-472-7842

*Candidates unable to register online may request application materials via the address, phone or email listed above.