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The big picture that you must keep in mind when applying to the Maryland Biophysics Doctoral Program is the following. In addition to filling out the application form and paying the application fee, you must present a clear and consistent case that you have the background, desire, and ability to complete a Biophysics graduate degree. You make this case with the following:

  1. Official Transcripts reflecting all undergraduate and graduate work completed or in progress; please send in transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  2. At least Three Letters of Recommendation submitted by professors or others who can assess the quality of your academic performance and scholastic potential;
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores --- A General Graduate Record Examination (General GRE) is required, while a GRE subject exam in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or Physics is strongly recommended. However, under certain circumstances GRE subject exam may be waived. This should be requested in the application.
  4. A 1000-2000 Word Statement --- which includes your goals and objectives in pursuing graduate study and also any life experiences that you feel have prepared you to purse a graduate degree.
  5. Resume or Curriculum Vita
  6. TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Scores---You will be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores if you are an international student, a US citizen, or permanent resident with international credentials whose native language is not English and who does not hold a degree from an institution in the US or one of the areas listed Here.

    APPLICATION FEE IS $75.00. Please apply online at: https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=umdgrad.

    The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application. Completed applications are reviewed by a Biophysics admissions committee. The admission recommendations from the Biophysics program are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School. Thus, all degree seeking applicants must be formally admitted to the University of Maryland Graduate School. For Admissions Fee Waiver Eligibility, please visit this link.

Information for International Graduate Students:

The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students.  International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer, and contact them with related questions. The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; it is not a guarantee of attendance.  Admitted international students will then receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland which will require submission of additional documents.  Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.


Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobsons online application’s helpdesk for any technical issues.  For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the Graduate School.

Materials to be sent to the Maryland Biophysics Program should be addressed to:

University of Maryland College Park
Application for Graduate Admission
2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-3644
Email: gradschool@umd.edu

These components of your application file each present a different aspect of your case. They are therefore considered together, not separately. For example, we expect that applicants who have taken many graduate courses will perform better on the GRE exam than those who have not. Similarly, if you had a semester in which you performed below your usual standards then we expect that the reasons for that will be addressed in your statement on life experiences and maybe also in a letter of recommendation by someone familiar with what happened.