Program in Biomedical Sciences

Boston University’s Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS) provides rigorous training towards a PhD degree by integrating the foundations of interdisciplinary biomedical research with focused investigation and preparation for career advancement. PiBS offers first-year students the opportunity to explore a variety of research areas over the course of three laboratory rotations along with a core curriculum to help determine the direction of their PhD focus.

The degree granting Departments and Programs within PiBS are:
Biochemistry | Biophysics |Genetics & Genomics | Immunology | Microbiology | Molecular & Translational Medicine | Nutrition & Metabolism |Oral Biology | Pathology | Physiology

The Program in Biomedical Sciences begins accepting applications in September. Prospective applicants will create an account with the Boston University Centralized Application System (BU-GMS CAS) completing all personal, academic and supporting document sections. Applicants will be able to select the graduate program(s) of choice within GMS, and prompted to complete corresponding program materials in order to submit.

Application opens September 1, 2018 and closes December 3, 2018.
Required Documents within the application:

  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • An unofficial, English transcript of each college or university attended
  • GRE Scores: Institution Code: 3087

The Admissions Committee will select competitive applicants to attend one of two interview days between late January-February. Decisions are generally made following the last interview day, and applicants will be alerted via email on file. Due to privacy regulations, we cannot give decisions over the phone.

Funding for the Ph.D. programs, effective September 2018:

Students receive full tuition coverage, fees, and a $34,000 stipend per year. In addition to the living expenses stipend, students receive health insurance options.

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 experience laboratory rotations and engage in journal clubs and research seminars.  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.  After selection of a laboratory, students will join the program/department with which the mentor is affiliated and continue advanced studies towards candidacy.

Each student will complete one (1) lab rotation in the first semester and two (2) lab rotations in the second semester in consultation with their advisor.

GMS is dedicated to the professional development and mentorship of all our graduate students and postdoctoral trainees. For more information about workshops and career development activities, please visit our Professional Development site. Take note of the host of opportunities available through BU’s BEST (, which is an NIH-funded award dedicated to “Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training”.

Please visit our GMS Alumni Networking site to connect with BU GMS alumni in your career area of interest.

Please review the PiBS Student Handbook for details on specific policies and procedures regarding academic requirements, lab rotations, qualifying exams, etc.


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