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Ph.D. Admissions

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


Two Ways to Apply

Biophysics offers two application options for prospective students:

1. A direct application to the Biophysics program, OR
2. Admissions through the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS)

While either option can be selected by any student, applicants with strong interests in physics and mathematics have historically tended to opt for the direct application route, while those with a focus on biophysics in the context of biomedical research have more often applied through PIBS. However, both routes attract students with a wide range of academic backgrounds, and both options offer the same rigorous academic and research opportunities with our diverse collection of core and affiliated Biophysics faculty.

We encourage you to check out both avenues and choose the one that feels right for you!

Application Deadline: December 6 

The application fee is waived for domestic applicants only.

Applications must include the following:

  • Completed online application form
  • Statement of Purpose - A concise description of your background and career goals, including a detailed description of prior research experience
  • Personal Statement - Personal details appropriate for evaluation of the application
  • Recommendations - Three (3) letters of recommendation from professors or others qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate-level research
  • Transcripts - from all post-secondary institutions attended 
  • TOEFL - Scores must be supplied by international applicants from non-English speaking undergraduate programs; institutional code 1839; program code 36More information about the TOEFL exam

The GRE general test is no longer required for admission into the Biophysics graduate program.

Application Evaluations and Interviews:

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

Students who receive an offer of admission are invited to attend the Biophysics Recruiting Weekend in early March.


General queries about your application:
Rackham Graduate School
Phone: 734.764.8129

For specific Biophysics information:
Biophysics Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: 734.763-6722


Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS)

The Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS), administered by the UM Medical School, is an interdisciplinary gateway program that coordinates admissions and first-year graduate studies for 14 doctoral programs.

The application deadline is December 1

For more information, please contact PIBS at