Admission Requirements

We encourage all students from around the world to apply. The official admission application deadline for Fall Semester is February 1 . Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early.

Individuals (either international students or students from Taiwan) with a B.S. or M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution are eligible to apply. Students holding only a B.S. degree require evaluation by the admission committee to advance onto the Ph.D. program at the end of their first year of study.

The following documents are required to best evaluate the applicant's qualification for admission:

  • Two official copies of undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) academic records or transcripts.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate or graduate study is preferred. Different GPA or its equivalent systems are acceptable as well.

  • TOEFL (or equivalent) score.
  • All applicants whose first language is not English must submit a TOEFL (or equivalent) score taken within the past 2 years, except those applicants who can provide evidence to show that they have recently completed two or more years of study in an English-speaking country. Applicants in Taiwan may take the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) administered by the Language Training and TestingCenter.

      Minimal Score
    TOEFL 550 on the paper-based
    79-80 on the new Internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL-iBT)
    GEPT high-intermediate level
    IELTS overall Band Score of 5.5 on the Academic Test
    TOIEC Total score of 785
    * All above test scores must be taken within the past two years.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
  • All applicants are highly recommended to submit a GRE General Test Score. An advanced Subject Test in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, chemistry, or biology is also recommended. A high GRE score will significantly enhance the chance of admission to the program.

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • commenting on the applicant's personal character and qualifications for independent study, including intellectual ability, research potential, and scientific motivation.

  • Statement of purpose and plan for graduate study (in English)
  • Other evidence of scholarly achievements
  • Master’s thesis, research publication or description of research experiences

  • Interview
  • After reviewing all the supporting documents mentioned above, qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. Local candidates will be asked to come to Taipei for interviews, whereas international students will be interviewed by phone.