Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Application Information

Application Deadlines

Our fall application deadlines as are follows:

Round 1/Priority Deadline: February 1
Round 2: March 15
Round 3: May 1
Round 4/final deadline: July 15

The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program does not accept applications for spring Admissions. Additional details about the Admissions and application process can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Required Materials

All applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Graduate Application with $50 application fee.

  • Statement of PurposeSee further details below.

  • Official transcripts from all colleages and universities attended. See further details below.

  • Standardized test scores. See further details below.

  • Two academic letters of recommendationSee further details below.

  • English proficiency requirement.  (For non-native English speakers)See further details below.

  • Additional requirements for international students.  See further details below.

Statement of Purpose

A general framework for your statement of purpose should include a brief intellectual autobiography describing the formation of your academic or artistic interests and present concerns; your reasons for wanting to study at Mills College; and a description of tentative plans for the use of your certificate and the special areas of interest upon which your study would focus.


Transcripts with grades from each post-secondary institution attended toward receipt of bachelor's degree must be submitted as part of the application review process. One (1) official transcript from a students’ bachelor’s degree receiving institution is required, and official OR unofficial transcripts for all credited course work toward receipt of bachelor's degree, including courses taken at community college, must be submitted. Students should also submit transcripts from any relevant graduate level work they have completed.

If you obtained your bachelor’s degree outside the US, you are required to have your transcript evaluated by a NACES member organization. If the transcript is written in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Please Note:
Admissions to graduate or post-baccalaureate study at Mills College is contingent upon the successful completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. If you are still completing your degree at the time of application, send official transcripts showing work completed and in progress. Immediately upon completion of the baccalaureate degree requirements, it is your responsibility to send a final transcript with the degree posted to our office.

Hard-copy transcripts should be sent to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Boulevard
MB# 45
Oakland, CA 94613

Digital transcripts can be sent through a verified service to

Standardized Test Scores

Please submit official SAT, ACT, or GRE scores to the Mills College Office of Graduate Admissions. You do not need to specify a department. Mills College's ETS code is 004485.

Minimum of Two Academic Letters of Recommendation

Recommendation forms are part of the online application or can be sent directly by the recommender to the Office of Graduate Admissions via postal mail or email. Applicants who have been out of school for 5 or more years may use professional letters in lieu of academic letters of recommendation. The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program prefers you submit three letters of recommendation, however a minimum of two are required for your application to be reviewed.

English Proficiency Requirement

All non-native speakers of English are required to show proof of English language proficiency unless they hold a bachelor’s degree from an English speaking, regionally accredited university or college located in the US, Canada, Australia, or Great Britain. Mills College accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Duolingo English Test (DET), or the English Language School (ELS) Certificate.

The Biochem program requires a minimum of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 80 for the internet-based TOEFL, IELTS overall band-score of 6.5 or higher, a 60% on the DET, or the ELS Level 112 Certificate.

More information about these exams is available online at,, and

Additional Requirements for International Students

Prior to enrollment, applicants who require a visa for studying at Mills are required to submit a Certification of Finances form and bank statement. These documents do not need to be submitted with the application materials. An I-20 cannot be issued without these documents.

Additional information about these forms and all other requirements for international students can be found here.

If you have any questions about admission requirements, deadlines, or applying to Mills, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 510.430.3309 or

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Last Updated: 4/11/17