Admissions Criteria


The Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (MPaT) Graduate Program no longer accepts the GRE test. Please do not report your GRE score on your application.

Candidates for admission are evaluated on the basis of undergraduate record, previous research experience, and letters of recommendation. See the How to Apply page for more information. 

The following is a list of general prerequisites for the application for admission.

General Requirements for Admission

Four-year BA or BS degree (or equivalent) in life or physical sciences

Additional International Applicant Requirements

A test of English-language proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS) is required for most applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of country of citizenship. Please review the guidelines here for more information about test exemptions. We do not require WES certification or other validation of international transcripts.

Minimum Scores


  • Internet: 100
  • Paper: 600
  • Computer: 250

IELTS: 7.0 band score 

GPA: the average GPA of matriculating students is 3.5/4.0

GRE: the GRE is no longer required and we ask that students do not provide this information if they have taken the test

Research Experience

While previous research experience is not formally required for admission to the Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (MPaT) Graduate Program, our most competitive applicants have moderate-to-extensive research experience. Please note that we do not require additional documentation beyond the CV/Resume and Narrative Statement (also referred to as the Personal Statement or Statement of Purpose). If you wish, you may upload a Research Description of Description of Extenuating Circumstances to explain a particular aspect of your application, but these documents are not required and will neither help nor hinder your application if submitted.


Candidates for admission are evaluated on the basis of their undergraduate record, letters of recommendation, statement of goals and interests, previous research experience, perceived program fit, and results of an English-language proficiency test (where applicable).