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Application for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree


Completion of this degree offers opportunities in academic institutions, industry, government agencies and administrative positions for individuals who wish to pursue careers as independent researchers, educators, administrators or other positions requiring a terminal degree. This curriculum typically is completed in five to six years. Base stipends for PhD students are $28,000 per year.  Ph.D. students are also provided with paid health insurance and tuition and fees paid by a Dean’s scholarship. 

Graduate training in the biomedical sciences is offered in the following areas: biochemistry, bioengineering, bioinformatics, biostatistics, cancer biology, cardiovascular biology, cell biology, cell regulation, data science and informatics, drug discovery, epidemiology, genomics, genetics and development, immunology, lipidomics, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, oral biology and pathogenesis, pathology, pharmacology, proteomics, signal transduction, structural biology, toxicology, virology and many others.

The first year curriculum offers an entire academic year for the Ph.D. student to explore all of the graduate training programs before selecting a program and research area. More information about the curriculum and the research training programs can be found at


The applicant must possess a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution of higher learning or a doctorate from a professional school. No single metric is used to assess applicants, but rather a broader picture of the candidate's qualities is considered by the admissions committee. For admission as a regular student, the transcript must show sufficient and satisfactory undergraduate preparation in the sciences; and a competitive score on the GRE (V + Q scores above the 70th percentiles are more competitive). Participation in a monitored research experience is highly recommended for those interested in the basic sciences. 

International Students
Exceptional international applicants may be considered for a stipend. Because several months may be required for securing needed information and for processing an application from abroad, foreign nationals are urged to submit complete information as early as possible. In addition to other official entrance credentials, those applicants whose native language is not English must submit the official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or IELTS score) in addition to the official results of the GRE. The TOEFL or IELTS score must not be more than two years old. The GRE score must not be more than five years old. Final consideration cannot be granted to an international student’s application for admission until these official scores are received by the Office of Enrollment Management.

If an international applicant has graduated or will graduate from an institution that uses English as the language of instruction, the TOEFL may be waived upon request.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted through the dates shown below. However, you are encouraged to submit ALL of your applications materials as soon as possible and before the posted deadlines for best consideration.

All applications to the College of Graduate Studies must be submitted online. If you are unable to apply online you must petition the office of the Dean for special accommodation explaining why you are unable to apply online. The online application fee is waived for domestic applicants applying to all College of Graduate Studies Ph.D. programs.

In addition to the application itself the applicant must complete all supplemental materials specific for the program to which they are applying. These forms are available in PDF format within the application and are also sent through email once an application is submitted. If references are submitted electronically (see application for instructions), it is not necessary to submit paper references. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts for each and every post-secondary school attended even if listed as transfer credit on another transcript and all materials must be received by the application deadline.

Application Deadlines

Start TermApplication TypeAvailableDeadline
Fall 2018PriorityJuly 1, 2017January 15, 2018
Fall 2018ExtendedJanuary 16, 2018March 1, 2018


Last Published with Edits:April 27, 2017 12:44 PM
Last Comprehensive Review:April 2017
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