Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What degrees do you offer?
A: We offer both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Q: Where are you located?
A: The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program is located at Loyola University Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, IL, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago and about one-half mile south of the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) on First Avenue. Click here for information on transportation and housing options.

Q: What is the deadline for applying to your Masters program?
A: We will begin our review of  Masters applications in December. The deadline for all materials is March 15.

Q: Can I enter the Masters program during the Spring semester?
A: No. We admit students into our Masters program for Fall semesters only. We initiate our program of study at the beginning of August.

Q: What if I have low GRE scores or a low GPA. Can you tell me whether I should consider applying?
A: Once we receive your completed application, we can evaluate your entire package (GRE scores, GPA, letters of recommendation, research experiences). We look at all aspects of your application to make our admission decisions and have no minimum GRE requirement. A GPA above a 3.0 is highly recommended

Q: Will I have the opportunity for a personal interview, and if so, how will I be notified of interview dates?
A: The Admissions Committee will notify you if you have been selected to interview. IPBS Ph.D. interviews are held on specific interview days on campus. We usually conduct Skype interviews for M.S. students, however applicants can request in-person interviews.

Q: When do you interview prospective students?
A: We are on a rolling interview and admission schedule. Once an applicant is complete, we contact competitive applicants to find a mutually convenient day for the interview.

Q: Is there any way that the GRE test requirement can be waived?
A: GRE scores are usually required for all applicants. In rare cases, we can accept MCAT scores, but the applicant must contact our program directly to receive a GRE waiver.

Q: What is your GRE code?
A: 1412

Q: What should be included in the statement of purpose?
A: The statement of purpose should include information about your reasons for wanting to obtain a graduate degree and your preparation for that degree to date.

Q: Is there financial aid? / What is the tuition?
A: Ph.D. students receive a stipend as described on Financial Information page. We do not provide stipend for M.S. students. However you could work with Loyola's financial aid office to secure a student loan. Click here for information regarding our Tuition and Fees 

Q: What about health insurance?
A: Students must provide proof of health insurance. Group health insurance is available through the university.

Q: Is there housing available?
A: While the medical center does not have on site housing, there are many varied and affordable accommodations near the medical center all within easy reach by public transportation.

Q: What are the GRE/TOEFL requirements?
A: We prefer to evaluate our candidates in their totality rather than by any single measure. We don't have a minimum GRE/TOEFL requirement, although the admitted GRE score range is listed on the Admissions page.

Q: What should be worn to the interview?
A: Business casual with comfortable shoes.

Q: I'm an international applicant. Are there any special requirements for me?
A: For full consideration, applications that include undergraduate transcripts from non-U.S. schools must also include a professional interpretation/evaluation of the relevant transcripts. A failure to include such an evaluation may result in an incomplete application that cannot be evaluated. Applicants for whom this requirement poses a financial burden may seek guidance from the chair of the admissions committee. For more information regarding international admission please click here