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Ph.D. Admissions

Biophysics is a far-reaching discipline, and students in the Biophysics program come from a wide range of academic backgrounds, including: Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Engineering and Biology. Click here to read more about the Program Details.

Application Requirements

Applications to the Biophysics Program are submitted online through the Rackham Graduate School.

Applications must include the following:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Transcripts
  • TOEFL (if needed)
  • Completed Online Application Form

GRE general test scores are no longer included in the admissions process.

The application fee is waived for U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.

The academic statement of purpose, the personal statement, and a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume work together to give a fuller picture of your interests, motivations, and experiences. These three documents must be uploaded to the ApplyWeb application.

All aspects of the application are reviewed carefully by the Biophysics Admissions Committee.

Important Dates

August 2023: Ph.D Program Application Opens. Open an application.

September 1, 2023: Biophysics Preview Application Deadline. More Information. Apply here.

September 8, 2023: Biophysics Preview status notification.

October 19-20, 2023: Graduate Preview Weekend. More Information.

December 6, 2023: Ph.D. Program Application Deadline.

Late December (Rolling Basis): Admissions offers sent out.

February 22-23, 2024: In-Person Recruiting Weekend (for students who recieve admissions offer).

March 15, 2024: Virtual Recruiting Weekend (for students who recieve admissions offer).

April 15, 2024: Offer response due.

Advice & Resources

Contact Us

Need help or have questions with your application? Contact us!

General questions about transcripts, English proficiency, immigration documents, etc.:
Rackham Graduate School
Phone: 734.764.8129
Email: Rackadmis@umich.edu

Technical questions about the application/recommendation systems:
Email ApplyWeb@applyweb.com. Include the following information: username, full name, email address and phone number. 

Biophysics program-specific questions:
Biophysics Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: 734.763.6722
Email: Biophysics@umich.edu

December 6: Application Deadline

The application fee is waived for U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.

Note: We do not require the GRE!

Applications are submitted online through the Rackham Graduate School. Applications must include the following:

Submitting Your Application & Next Steps

Application Evaluations and Interviews:

All aspects of the application are reviewed carefully by the Biophysics Admissions Committee.

Students who receive an offer of admission are invited to an in-person Recruiting Weekend on February 22-23, 2024 (International students and those who cannot make the in-person event are invited to visit us virtually on March 15, 2024).

Contacts:

General questions about transcripts, English proficiency, immigration documents, etc.:
Rackham Graduate School
Phone: 734.764.8129
Email: Rackadmis@umich.edu

Technical questions about the application/recommendation systems:
Email ApplyWeb@applyweb.com. Include the following information: user name, full name, email address and phone number. 

Biophysics program-specific questions:
Biophysics Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: 734.763.6722
Email: Biophysics@umich.edu