Brandeis University's PhD and Master's programs in Biochemistry and Biophysics offer advanced education in the principles and practice of macromolecular chemistry, mechanism, and structure.

All aspects of these programs are aimed at the questions:

Faculty participating in this program share the conviction that the coherent operation of living cells, and its disruption in disease, is ultimately understandable in terms of the chemistry and physics of biological macromolecules.

Students in the PhD program are eligible to participate in the interdepartmental graduate program in Quantitative Biology, which provides training in new research fields that cross the traditional boundaries between the life sciences and the physical sciences. Graduate students can engage with BioMaterials research by taking courses within the Quantitative Biology Training Program and then joining research laboratories funded by the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC).

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Faculty

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Director of Graduate Study

Dagmar Ringe

Dagmar Ringe

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Courses and Degree Requirements

For the most updated course listing, course descriptions, and degree requirements, please visit the Registrar.

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How to Apply

Application Deadlines

PhD: December 1
MS: Rolling through May 1; application review begins January 15. (Please note that the application may be closed earlier if the desired cohort size is reached prior to May 1; questions can be emailed to scigradoffice@brandeis.edu).

Admission Requirements

  • An online application;

  • An application fee; If you feel your current circumstances warrant a fee waiver please send a paragraph explaining your extenuating circumstances to Amy Reardon, assistant director of admission;

  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions;

  • Letters of recommendation, submitted online. PhD: 3 required; Master's: 2 required (3 recommended).

  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé;

  • A statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the academic program and your objectives in undertaking this program. Also, please outline your research interests and how they would complement those of our faculty.

  • PhD applicants should be prepared to attach to their application a listing of previous research experience, which should include the name of the company/university, the name of PI/professor/supervisor, location, dates started and ended, and topic(s) studied.

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required. Our GRE institution code is 3092 (please note: this institution code only applies to GRE scores).

  • International applicants: Additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas. If you are submitting TOEFL scores, please note that our TOEFL institution code is 3261.

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.

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Generous scholarships and financial aid are available. For more information, please visit our Financial Aid page.

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