The following academic qualifications are required in order for an applicant to be considered for admission to our graduate programs. Meeting or exceeding these minimum standards does not constitute assurance of admission.
Degree RequirementsBBMB follows Iowa State University Office of Admissions degree requirements for international applicants. Your degree must have been received from a college or university that is either recognized by the Ministry of Education in your foreign country, or by a US regional accreditation body. If you have attended a non-US institution, your undergraduate degree will be reviewed by the Office of Admissions, should you be offered and accept admission to our graduate programs, to determine if it is comparable to a US bachelor's degree. Note: A 3-year undergraduate degree from Bangladesh, Canada, India, Nepal and Pakistan are not considered comparable to a U.S. bachelor's degree. 3-year degrees from other countries will be reviewed on an individual basis.
- Bachelor's or advanced degree in biochemistry, chemistry, or a closely-related field (such as biotechnology)
- Class rank in the upper quartile
- Minimum 3.0 grade point average based on the US grading system maximum of 4.0.
- Minimum TOEFL total score of 79 (internet based) or 550 (paper-based) or IELTS score of 6.5
Academic RecordsYou can send the originals or clear, easy-to-read copies (front and back) of official academic records and statements with your BBMB application for evaluation by our graduate student selections committee. If you are offered and accept admission to our program, Iowa State University requires the original, official academic records and statements of all degrees earned from all institutions attended after high school. To meet ISU admission requirements:
- Faxed, scanned, or notarized copies are not considered official and will not be accepted.
- Academic records should bear the original stamp or seal of the school official responsible for issuing such records, such as the registrar or controller of exams for that institution.
- Records certified by lecturers, professors, or any other school official who does not hold primary responsibility for maintaining the academic records of the institution will not be accepted.
- Translations: Academic records from non-U.S. institutions are expected to be in the official language of the country in which they were earned. If they are written in a language other than English, translations are required. Iowa State University Admissions will accept literal (not interpretative) English translations from any qualified translator and they should be sent in addition to the official record.