Frequently Asked Questions


What is the application deadline for the PhD Program? For the MS Program?

The Program in Chemical Biology accepts PhD applications from early September to the December 15th deadline each year. Please apply the year before you wish to enter graduate school.

Our MS Cancer Chemical Biology program has a rolling admissions policy, and accepts applications year-round for admission into the upcoming Fall cohort. However, in order to meet deadlines for financial/visa/immigration paperwork, international applicants must have submitted their applications in April and domestic applicants must submit their applications in July - please see the MS Application Information page for this year's deadlines. Applications received after this time may be considered for admission into the next year's Fall semester.

If you have questions or need clarification about these deadlines, please contact us at


What is the difference between the Academic Statement of Purpose and the Personal Statement?

For the academic statement of purpose, we're looking for a concise, well-written statement about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how the Program in Chemical Biology will help you meet your career and educational objectives.  There are no specific length guidelines set, but most applicants submit a 1-2 page statement.

Academic Statement of Purpose Description from Rackham Graduate School

For the personal statement, we are looking for a statement addressing your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, and how they have motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. We ask that applicants avoid repeating their academic statement of purpose and keep it less than 500 words.

Personal Statement Description from Rackham Graduate School


How do I obtain a UMID number?

If you do not have a UMID number, follow these steps:

  1. Create your ApplyWeb account.
  2. Complete pages 1-6 of the application.
  3. On the bottom of page 6, select Next Page link. Once you complete page 6 and advance to page 7, you will be automatically registered for a UMID.
  4. You will receive your UMID in approximately 5 business days.
  5. Include your UMID on your application and required documents.


How do I submit my letters of recommendation?

The Program in Chemical Biology prefers electronic submission of letters of recommendation. Several options are available including using the Rackham Online Recommendation system via your application - please see additional information here: Letters of Recommendation

All letters of recommendation must be submitted with a Recommendation for Admission form.


How do I submit my transcripts?

Submitting your transcripts is a two-step process:

  1. Applicants will scan and upload an official transcript/academic record that displays the institutional seal and signature of the Registrar or Recorder of Records into the online application.
  2. Applicants are also required to submit an official transcript/academic record by mail or as an e-transcript to Rackham before the graduate program application deadline. The official transcript/academic record must be received in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution.

Each transcript/academic record submitted to the Rackham Graduate School must include your full name, University of Michigan ID number (UMID) and/or date of birth to match your document to your application.

Additional information regarding transcripts, the difference between an unofficial transcript and an official transcript, and how to submit them can be found here: Transcripts



If I am accepted, what is the deadline to make a decision?

For the upcoming Fall term, PhD applicants who are extended an offer of admission have until April 15th to accept their offer on Wolverine Access. The date for MS applicants to accept their offer depends on citizenship status - please see the MS Application Information page for this year's deadline.


If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Program Office at 734.763.7175 or