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We will begin accepting applications on September 1, 2017.  Applications are made electronically through a centralized system.    Apply Online here Apply O​nline    The Deadline for the receipt of all applications materials is January 5, 2018. ​​​​​​

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Requirements for Admission

January 5, 2018 is the deadline for the receipt of ALL application materials for acceptance into the program. We will begin accepting applications on September 1, 2017.

  1. Application with Personal Statement (1 page)
  2. Application Fee
  3. Official Undergraduate Transcripts
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation
  5. GRE Percentile Scores for General Exam
  6. A complete curriculum vitae
  7. While a subject exam is not required, a GRE Chemistry or Biology subject exam is strongly encouraged.

A file will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received.

In their personal statements prospective students should describe their motivation for pursuing training in the Biological Chemistry Graduate program and their prior research experience. 

A bachelor's degree from a qualified college or university is required. Applicants are expected to have taken the following courses: biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, physics, and calculus. Cell biology and biochemistry are recommended.

Applicants should take the Graduate Record Examination General Test by October for scores to be received by the January application deadline. Scores should be reported in percentile form on the application from the General Test as well as a Subject Test (OPTIONAL) in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or physics. Applicants should specify the number code 5316 for reporting their GRE scores.

Official transcripts can be submitted by your institution electronically using Electronic Transcript Reporting Services such as parchment or eScriptSafe.  The email for electronic transcripts is:  Please see the following attachment regarding supplemental materials,  Supplemental Materials.pdfSupplemental Materials.pdf, original transcripts can be sealed in an official university envelope and submitted directly to the central admissions office:

Attention: Ms. Anita Cunningham
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
Office of Graduate Student Affairs
1830 E. Monument Street, Suite 620
Baltimore, MD 21287

NOTE: Ideally, all transcripts should be combined into one large envelope and submitted.

Financial Aid

Each student is provided a stipend, health insurance, and tuition throughout their years in the program.

Criminal Background Check

All Johns Hopkins University graduate students who begin on or after July 1, 2007 will be subject to criminal background investigations. Generally, all offers of admission to School of Medicine degree programs will be conditioned on satisfactory criminal background investigations.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Stephen Gould, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Graduate Program in Biological Chemistry
Professor, Department of Biological Chemistry
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
725 North Wolfe Street
Physiology 409
Baltimore, MD 21205-2185
(410) 955-3424

Natasha Zachara, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Graduate Program in Biological Chemistry
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Chemistry
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
725 North Wolfe Street
WBSB 408
Baltimore, MD 21205-2185

Inquiries Regarding Admissions

Darlene Sutton
725 North Wolfe St
Physiology 608
Baltimore, MD 21205
Telephone: 410-955-3086
Email: dsutton5@​

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