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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. Stipends of $23,000 - $25,000 per year, paid health insurance and tuition paid by a Dean's scholarship are also provided for Ph.D. students.

Graduate training in the biomedical sciences is offered in the following areas: biochemistry, bioengineering, bioinformatics, biostatistics, cancer biology, cardiovascular biology, cell biology, cell regulation, craniofacial biology, drug discovery, epidemiology, functional genomics, genetics and development, immunology, lipidomics, marine biomedicine and environmental sciences, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, pathology, pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacology, physiology, proteomics, signal transduction, structural biology, toxicology 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 http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/grad/.

Applicants interested in the Doctor of Philosophy-Nursing curriculum can use this link to find information about applying.


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. 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. Participation in a monitored research experience is highly recommended for those interested in the basic sciences. Additional requirements can be found at http://www.musc.edu/esl/bulletin/gradstud/.

Application Process

We are still accepting applications for fall 2014 through the extended deadline link below. You are encouraged to submit ALL of your applications materials as soon as possible.

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 except for the Ph.D. in Nursing.

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 2014RegularJuly 1, 2013Dec 13, 2013
Fall 2014ExtendedDec 14, 2013March 15, 2014

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December 16, 2013 2:20 PM

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