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How to Apply

Students wishing to enter the PhD Program in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology are asked to submit a completed pre-application form online. Approval will normally be based upon undergraduate grades (cumulative B average or better), letters of recommendation, and wherever possible, personal interviews.

Previous success in graduate education will be taken into consideration. Below are links to the pre-application, the full online application, and links to hardcopy application forms and our Program Handbook. If you have any questions about the application process and/or the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program, please do not hesitate to contact our Program Coordinator, Koula Cozmo, or one of the Program Directors: Katia Kontrogianni-Konstantopoulos, PhD, Mike Summers, PhD. They are always eager to speak about our outstanding graduate program.

  • Complete our inquiry form if you would like to receive more information.
  • Apply online or for more information please go to the UMB Graduate School website
  • If you have questions please contact our Program Coordinator, Koula Cozmo

Students interested in pursuing a dual degree should note the Graduate Program in Life Sciences is associated with two nationally renowned dual-degree programs located right on our campus:

Note: Students interested in pursuing a dual degree will need to apply directly to either one of these programs. 

International Students

International applicants must provide one (1) official transcript in English and one (1) official native language transcript or mark sheet from each college or university attended. Each set of documents must list subjects studied, grades or marks received, and rank in class or division.

The Graduate Programs in Life Sciences (GPILS) requires international applicants to provide a transcript evaluation from a NACES member evaluation agency in addition to the official, translated transcripts or mark sheets. We recommend using one of the following companies:


Unofficial copies of your transcripts may be provided for the application review process and should be uploaded as supplemental items to the online application. You must submit transcripts from each college/university attended, including coursework in progress at the time of application.

If you are offered admission, you must then provide official transcripts from each college/university from which a degree was earned.  The transcript must be provided to the Graduate School directly from the prior, degree-granting institution in a sealed envelope in order for that document to be considered official.  Alternatively, it may be provided to the Graduate School electronically by way of a secure, encrypted platform.  Each transcript should bear the signature of the registrar and the seal of the granting institution. 

Transcripts (US only) may be obtained from/provided by one of the following secure, encrypted transcript services:

National Student Clearinghouse

Have your transcripts sent to:
University of Maryland, Baltimore
The Graduate School
620 W. Lexington St., 5th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Official, electronic transcripts may be sent directly from your degree-granting institution to