FAQs for Ph.D.

Please see the MD/PhD FAQS for additional information on the dual degree.

By what criterion are PhD applicants reviewed?

For the PhD degree  we are looking for students with a meaningful research experience and a strong record of academic achievements.  We complete a holistic review and evaluate not just grades and GRE test scores but also  your letters, personal statement and research experiences.  GRE scores are generally in the 70th percentile or above.

We evaluate international applicants  similarly but require the TOEFL if undergraduate education was not completed at an undergraduate institution.

Do I need to take a GRE subject test?

No subject tests are required by the Division.

How are your PhD programs funded?

Our PhD student population will receive a scholarship to cover tuition costs, fees, and  health insurance if the student chooses to enroll in the university health insurance plan.  Most of our students also earn a yearly stipend. The current 2014-2015 stipend is set at $31,000 pre-qualifying exam and $32,000 post qualifying exam. Please contact your program directly for program specific information.

Questions pertaining to our NEW Program in Biomedical Sciences.

What is PiBS?

The Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS) is an umbrella program launched September 1st, 2012 and offers training towards the PhD degree by integrating the foundations of interdisciplinary biomedical research with focused investigation and preparation for career advancement.

The PiBS portal opens research opportunities with a wide range of faculty across all participating departments and programs.

What departments and programs participate in PiBS?

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Genetics & Genomics, Immunology Training Program, Microbiology, Molecular & Translational Medicine, Nutrition & Metabolism, Oral BiologyPathology & Laboratory Medicine and Physiology.

What PhD programs do not participate in PiBS?

Anatomy and Neurobiology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, Graduate Program for Neuroscience (GPN)

What is the curriculum for PiBS?

In the first year PhD students will participate in the Foundations in Biomedical Sciences (FiBS) core curriculum as well as have the opportunity to select elective courses focused on area-specific interests. Additionally, trainees will have the opportunity to complete laboratory rotations and engage in journal clubs and research seminars.

If I am accepted to PiBS what Department/Program will I earn my PhD degree  in?

Trainees will work closely with a faculty advisor in the development of an individual plan that will be tailored to serve specific research and professional goals of each student.  After selection of a laboratory, the student will join the program/department with which the mentor is affiliated and continue advanced studies towards candidacy in that discipline.  PhD degrees will be awarded in the participating programs: Biochemistry, Biophysics, Genetics & Genomics, Immunology Training Program, Microbiology, Molecular & Translational Medicine, Nutrition & Metabolism, Oral Biology, Pathology & Laboratory and Physiology.

How long will it take to complete a PhD degree?

Students typically finish their degree on average in about 5.5 years.