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College of Graduate Studies

PhD in the Biomedical Sciences

The College of Graduate Studies at the Medical University of South Carolina is committed to the graduate training of biomedical research scientists who learn to work at the interface of the basic sciences and human health and disease. We believe that the single most important experience a University can offer is the opportunity to make exciting new discoveries through research. As a Ph.D. student you may take an interdisciplinary first year curriculum that allows exposure to all departments and programs before a research area and mentor are selected. The curriculum consists of interactive and comprehensive didactic units, self-selected laboratory rotations, and seminars to set the stage for your research career.  Later, we encourage you to define your own schedule of courses to complete your educational plan. For many of our students, the research experience culminates in publications in high impact peer-reviewed journals.
Stipends of $28,500 per year, paid health insurance, and tuition and fees paid by a Dean's Scholarship are provided for Ph.D. students. Our application is free for domestic students and permanent residents.

No single metric is used to assess applicants, but rather a broader picture of the candidate's qualities is considered by our Admissions Committee.  Applicants more likely to be considered favorably will meet the following requirements/guidelines.

  • Possess Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized institution
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Submit reference letters from 3 individuals (References should address the applicant's aptitude for research when possible)
  • Provide evidence of research experience (except applicants who are interested in Biostatistics or Epidemiology and have majored in math or a similar field)

Once an application is complete it is sent for evaluation to the Graduate Admissions Committee. Selected applicants are invited to visit the campus and the cost of the visit is partially defrayed by the College. The visit is composed of interviews with members of the Graduate Admissions Committee, campus tours, introduction to the graduate training programs and discussion with faculty. After an applicant is interviewed, the Graduate Admissions Committee meets to decide on the qualifications of each applicant. Applicants are notified within a week or two of the interview of the Graduate Admissions Committee decision.

Tentative dates of interview weekends for 2019 are: TBD

To apply to the PhD program click here.


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