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Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences (IBS)

The Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences (IBS) Graduate Program offers graduate training leading towards a Masters of Science (MS) or Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in IBS. The graduate programs are designed to provide flexibility−a feature both students and graduate faculties appreciate. Graduate students take the Basic Sciences Core Curriculum during their first year.

PhD students also take IBS Research, spending 8 to 10 weeks in three different laboratories they are interested in. This gives them an introduction to some of the available research areas on campus. In addition, they get to know the faculty, staff, students and post-docs in the lab, which greatly helps when deciding what laboratory to eventually go into. At the beginning of the 2nd year PhD students select a mentor-advisor and enter the lab. They also select to take specialized training in an Interdisciplinary Track such as Aging Biology Cancer Biology, Cell Biology Cellular and Molecular Immunology & Immunopathology, Infectious Disease & Pathogenesis, and Interdisciplinary Neuroscience. New Interdisciplinary Tracks are being formed; check back at this website often to find out more. While the Basic Sciences Core Curriculum provides core knowledge for all disciplines, additional electives selected by the student and their Advisory Committee, or required by the individual Interdisciplinary Tracks allows the development of a course of study unique and individualized to each student. Under the direction of their major advisor, PhD students must pass a Candidacy Exam prior to beginning their dissertation research. Students in the PhD Interdisciplinary Biomedical Science Graduate Program receive a tuition and a stipend of $24,000 (does not apply to students in the Clinical and Translational Sciences Track).  

MS students can select the Thesis or Non-thesis option. More information about the MS options can be found here

A new track in Clinical and Translational Sciences (CTS) is now available.  The application requirements and curriculum are different from the rest of the IBS program.  More information about the CTS track can be found here. There is also a graduate certificate offered in Clinical and Translational Sciences. 

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Web Article about the Clinical and Translational Sciences (CTS) track

Web Article about Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Program

Click here for more information about the M.D./Ph.D. program