Graduate Admissions

Happy graduate students!

Admission to the doctoral program in Biophysics requires a strong undergraduate background in at least one of the following: physics, chemistry, biochemistry, engineering, or biology.

Two ways to apply

Students may apply to the Biophysics Graduate Program directly or through the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS). The PIBS program gives the student the flexibility to choose Biophysics or any of 12 other biomedical science doctoral programs at the end of the first year of study. This program would be suitable for most applicants with some background in biology or biochemistry. Usually students with Physics backgrounds prefer to apply to Biophysics directly. 

Students whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate their English proficiency by taking the TOEFL or an equivalent examination. Biophysics program GRE and TOEFL codes can be found at the bottom of this page.


To apply through PIBS, follow the PIBS application instructions carefully while you complete the online application. On the first page, select Biophysics as your first choice. Later in the application select Biophysics (PIBS) as your area of concentration. The PIBS Program Code is 01416. Letters of recommendation are submitted online or sent to the PIBS office. The deadline for all PIBS applications is December 1, 2015.

If you have questions, please contact PIBS at


To apply directly to the Biophysics Graduate Program, you must apply online through the Rackham School of Graduate Studies website. 

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • GRE general test (if your transcript does not reflect your mastery of a subject area, you are encouraged to take the appropriate advanced subject test, but it is not required)
  • TOEFL exam (for non-native English speakers only). More information regarding minimum TOEFL requirements can be found here.
    • Applicants who have earned a degree from an institution where the medium of instruction is English (i.e. U.S., United Kingdom, etc.) are exempt from submitting a TOEFL score

Application Checklist

You will be asked to submit the following supplemental documentation along with your application:

  • GRE General Test Scores (these must be submitted to UM directly from ETS)
  • Official Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose (goals for graduate school and beyond, research interests and experience, etc.)
  • Personal Statement (personal details appropriate for evaluation of the application, this is sometimes short)
  • CV
  • English-language proficiency (if applicable)

Application fees are waived for all domestic applicants (U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents). The application fee for international applicants is $90


One official copy of each transcript must be submitted electronically as part of your online application and one hard-copy must be mailed to Rackham at this address:

Rackham Graduate School Admissions
Attn: Transcripts
915 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070

GRE Tests

We have no minimum GRE score requirements, but these scores are considered along with all the other components of the application. 

The ETS institution code is 1839; Biophysics Program is 0222.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English are exempt from submitting a language test. 

Application Deadline

The application deadline is December 1, 2015 (Midnight, EST). The online application will be disabled at the deadline.

The preliminary review of applications will begin shortly after the deadline. All supplementary materials must be received by December 12, 2015.

If you have any questions about applying directly to the Biophysics program, please contact us at