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Below is a list of frequently asked questions. Please contact us if you have questions that are not answered below or in our Application Guidelines.

 

What is the application fee?

The online application is free. You can submit your applicaiton without entering payment information and you should not send a check or money order for payment when you apply.

Furthermore, we do not require official transcripts or official TOEFL scores from ETS for the initial review.  We only require scanned copies to be uploaded into the ApplyYourself system. Please see our application instructions for details.

 


 

Where do I send information?

Please upload scans of all application materials in ApplyYourself in either the required fields or PostSubmission.

Do not send materials by mail to the Office of Admissions or the Bioscience Office unless instructed to do so after an offer has been made and accepted.

 

 


 

What is the most important factor in an application?

All portions of the application packet carry equal weight. Deficiencies in one area may be balanced by strengths in another.

The following are common components of successful applicants:

  • Meaningful, hypothesis-driven research experience for which the applicant had primary responsibility
  • Strong letters of recommendation, particularly from research advisors
  • Publication record in PubMed-listed journals
  • Consistent record of academic excellence

 


 

What is the institution code?

The institution code for the University of Utah is 4853. Please allow several days for processing.

We recommend uploading a .pdf copy in the Post Submission section of your application to avoid delays.

We do not require official transcripts or official TOEFL scores from ETS for the initial review.  Please see our application instructions for details.

 


 

What is the department code?

The institution code for the University of Utah is 4853.

TOEFL/IELTS are considered expired if taken before May 1, 2019.

Please allow several days for processing official scores.

We recommend uploading a .pdf copy in the Post Submission section of your application to avoid delays.

We do not require official transcripts or official TOEFL scores from ETS for the initial review.  Please see our application instructions for details.

 

 


 

Do you accept the ETS's TOEFL home edition?

Yes. The Office of Admission is accepting the ETS's TOEFL home edition for English Proficiency. 

You can find more information on the test here.

 


 

What are the average TOEFL/IELTS and GPA scores?

Over the past five years, the students who enrolled in our programs had the following averages:

TOEFL: 109 iBT score
GPA: 3.51
Research Months: 20 Full time person months

Please note that these are averages and are not minimum requirements. When making a decision, we review the entire application not just test scores and GPA.

 


 

Are copies of  TOEFL/IELTS acceptable?

Yes!

Please upload a .pdf copy of your score sheet(s) in the “Post Submission” section of the AY application. You do not need to send an official score sheet(s) for the initial review. If you are accepted you will need to arrange to have an official copy of your scores sent to the Program. These scores will need to be valid for the beginning of the fall semester.

You can view your own TOEFL iBT scores here - take a screenshot and create a .pdf file of your report.

You can view your own IELTS scores here - take a screenshot and create a .pdf file of your report.

 


 

TOEFL / IELTS requirements and waivers?

TOEFL/IELTS are considered expired if taken before May 1, 2019. University policy states that applicants must have a minimum iBT/TOEFL 80 or above, or a minimum IELTS 6.5 or above. (Minimum score requirements are subject to change).

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL or IELTS examination for consideration or satisfy requirements that waive the English proficiency requirement. The University Office of Admissions determines exceptions to the TOEFL/IELTS examination requirements.

For more information about requirements and waivers, click here

Please note that class instruction in English does not meet this requirement. Typical English proficiency waivers are:

  • An associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university completed within two years of admittance
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher completed within the last two years from an officially-recognized college or university in one of the following countries:
    • Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)

If necessary, the Bioscience PhD Program Office will provide a Letter of Support for a English Proficiency Petition for students who have already received and accepted an offer from the Admissions Committee.  Please do not contact individual faculty to request a Letter of Support.

 


 

What are your minimum score requirements?

The University policy states that applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (550 pBT) or better, or a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 or better. (Minimum score requirements are subject to change).

 


 

How do I calculate percent effort or Part Time Research into Research Months or person months?

Person months is the metric for expressing the effort you devote to a specific project in the lab. Person months or research months are an important metric to demonstrate prior research experience.

Please visit the link below on how to calculate person months and part time effort in to full time research months.   

How Do You Convert Percent Effort into Person Months?

Over the past few years the incoming class had an average of 20 Full time research months .

 


 

How many students do you accept every year?

Between our two programs, we receive ~ 450 applications each year, and typically accept ~20% of those applicants.

We aim for a combined class size of 55-60.

 


 

What are financial benefits?

  • Fellowship / stipend of $29,130 for the 2020-2021 academic year; $29,714 for the 2021-2022 academic year
  • $1,000 starting allocation
  • Health Insurance
  • Full Tuition Coverage

This financial support is for all accepted students, regardless of citizenship.

 


 

How long does it take to get a PhD?

It takes, on average, 6 years.

 


 

How do I upload documents to my online application?

To upload paper materials you need to scan them with a scanner/printer save them in PDF format and then upload the files in the appropriate place. You need to make sure that each document does not exceed 2500KB in size. If you have several pages for your transcript, for example, then you will scan each page then merge all pages in to one document and then save. You may need to reduce the file size either by reducing the document size or optimizing scanned PDF to make the document smaller. These functions can be found under the document tab of ACROBAT.

We require all applicants to upload their personal statement, CV, transcripts, and score reports when submitting the online application. Once you submit the online application, you cannot go back and upload materials except in the "Post Submission" section. "Post Submission" is below "Molecular Biology and Biological Chemistry" on the left side, just above the red "Important Links" header. If you have not uploaded these items before submitting, your application may be considered incomplete. If you have questions/concerns, please contact our office.

For application instructions please click here.

 


 

How do I log back into my online application?

You can log back in to your online application using your PIN and Password. If you do not have the link directly to the online application, you can access it by clicking here.

Please make sure to save your PIN number to get back into your application. In addition to your PIN number, the system will have you choose a password that you will need to remember if you wish to access or complete your application at a later date.

If you do not remember your PIN and password, you can retrieve it from the application home page.

 


 

My recommenders have not submitted letters of recommendation. What should I do?

Three letters of recommendation must be submitted into the "ApplyYourself" system by your recommenders by the deadline of December 1, 2020. "Recommendations" is at the bottom on the left side in your online application, just below the red "Important Links" header

You can log back into your application and send your recommenders a reminder. If you would like to send a reminder, check the box next to his/her name and click on the "resend" button - this will automatically generate a reminder email. You can also add new recommenders and make edits to previously added recommenders. When the recommenders information is saved, an email will be sent with instructions on how to proceed with the online recommendation.

Please note that the notification email will indicate "University of Utah - Graduate" as the sender but will come from support@hobsons.com. If your recommenders uses a spam-blocking tool, please ask them to add the email address (support@hobsons.com) to their list of known/safe addresses.

 


 

I have uploaded my materials and I am waiting on letters of recommendation. What should I do?

Submit your application! Once you have completed the application questions and uploaded the required documents press the "Submit Application" button in the lower right corner. We can review your submitted application while we wait for your letters of recommendation.

 


 What if I am having technical difficulties with my application?

You will reach out to the ApplyYourself technical support team. 

  • If you are logged into your application, you will click on "Technical Support" at the top of the screen 
    • Recommenders will see similar links to contact support when logged into the recommender portal.
  • If you are not logged into your application, you can click on "Technical Support" at the bottom of the login screen
  • ApplyYourself recommends using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Internet Explorer is no longer supported.

 

When is the deadline?

All applications are reviewed on this schedule for entrance in the Fall semester.
We do not admit students for Spring semester.

December 1

Deadline for domestic and international students

January - March

Interview visits for applicants residing in the US

February - March

Applicants are notified of admissions decision

April 15

Deadline for accepted applicants to accept offer

 

The University of Utah has an ongoing institutional commitment to the Council of Graduate Schools April 15 resolution regarding offers of financial aid associated with an offer of graduate admissions. The University of Utah is signatory to this resolution, as well as nearly 400 major graduate institutions across the nation.
CGSResolution_Nov2019Revision.pdf
More information may be found at the Council of Graduate Schools website 

 

Last Updated: 10/7/20