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Students must apply to both the University and the Department of Biology. The departmental application is incorporated into the general UO online application. The online application requires payment of a $70 application fee for domestic applicants or a $90 application fee for international applicants using Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or personal check (e-check).

Application Deadline

We are currently accepting applications for the Summer 2021 Bioinformatics and Genomics cohort. The application will close on February 15, 2021.

Please read the following instructions completely before attempting to complete the online application.

In order to complete the online application process, you must:

  1. Prepare a candidate’s statement.
    In approximately 500 words, please describe any relevant scientific experience you have that makes you a strong candidate for this program. In addition to your academic qualifications, your statement should incorporate your potential strengths as an employee in industry and why you feel this program is a good fit for your career goals. You can do this in advance in another application program and then copy and paste it into the appropriate space on the form. You may also download the documents directly.
  2. Submit three letters of recommendation.
    Request to have three letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf by faculty and/or supervisors. Though your recommenders will be notified by email that you have applied and requested a letter, it is up to you to ensure they have actually filled out the online recommendation form, so make sure they know to expect to hear from us.
  3. Submit your transcripts.
    Upload unofficial copies directly to the application, including all undergraduate and graduate work. You will need to provide official transcripts if you are admitted and decide to attend, but unofficial copies are acceptable at this time.
  4. Apply for Summer Term.
    The program begins summer term.
  5. Fill out the application for the appropriate major.
    Very important. The majors are listed alphabetically under the College of Arts and Sciences. If you choose a general biology major, you will be applying to the PhD. or biology master’s program. Please choose the following from the drop-down menu: “Biology – Internship Master’s.”
  6. Take the TOEFL/other test of English as a foreign language if you are a non-native speaker.
    The Test of English as a Foreign Language is required for non-native speakers of English. Requests to waive the TOEFL requirement or for permission to be admitted with the intent to take the exam upon arrival will not be accommodated. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score for admission to this program is 620 (105 for the new iBT version), which is higher than the University of Oregon minimum.We will also accept the IELTS in lieu of the TOEFL. Our minimum score requirement is 7.5. For Summer 2021, the graduate school is also accepting the Duolingo English Test (DET). Our minimum score requirement for the DET is 125.
  7. If you are an international student, see additional university requirements:
  8. Contact us if you have questions or problems with the application. We’re here to help:
    Jodi Myers
    Academic Business Coordinator
    Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact


Applicants under consideration will be interviewed during the candidate review process.

We will email you within five days of receiving your online application. If you do not hear from us, there may have been a transmission error. Please contact us directly at the number or email above so we can help.

Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions about applying. Thanks!