Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBMS)


Continuous transformation of the scientific landscape requires great versatility, diverse skill sets, and an even broader knowledge base. To meet these demands, the leadership and faculty of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences have created the Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) Graduate Program. 

The IBMS is a dynamic, truly integrated, multidisciplinary program composed of seven disciplines across basic science and clinical departments. Students matriculating into the IBMS are given the opportunity to customize their educational experience and realize their unique interests and professional aspirations. 

To accomplish this mission, trainees choose coursework, an area of research, and a mentor based on their interests and professional goals. The IBMS Graduate Program partners with businesses and community organizations to empower students by providing internships and potential employment opportunities.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree and must have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GRE scores must be from tests taken within five years of applying for admission. While there is no official minimum requirement, successful applicants generally have a minimum combined score of 315.

Course Requirements are as follows:

Chemistry - 1 year Inorganic and Organic Chemistry and associated laboratory courses

Analytical and Physical Chemistry recommended

Physics - 1 Year

Calculus - 1 Semester Calculus or Statistics

Biology - 2 years as required for Biology Majors

Three letters of recommendation are required. The applicant must submit three essays stating reasons for interest in the program, a description of professional goals, and an outline of undergraduate, industrial, or summer research. On-campus recruitment interviews are conducted in February. Phone interviews for international applications occur in January and February.

The Health Science Center requires all applicants to undergo security and criminal background checks prior to an offer of admission.

The admission committee makes its decision based on the candidate’s research experience, grade point average, personal statement, GRE score, interviews, and letters of recommendations.

International students who did not obtain their undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS). The minimum required score for the TOEFL is 68 for iBT. The minimum score for the academic version of the IELTS test is 6.5. Scores for either test must have been taken within two years of applying for admission.

Application Deadline: January 1 (priority), March 15 (final). Admission decisions are completed by April 15.

Start Term: Fall

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 72 credit hours and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required for the Ph.D. degree. All doctoral candidates must register for the dissertation course (7099) for at least two semesters in order to graduate. In addition to demonstrating intellectual command of the subject area, the student is responsible for carrying out independent and original investigation in the area. The student must successfully defend a dissertation and be recommended by their program COGS for approval to the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  

Objectives/Program Outcomes

  1. The student will be able to conduct independent scientific research.
  2. The student will be able to critically evaluate scientific literature.
  3. The student will be able to demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  4. The student will be able to demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
  5. The student will be able to demonstrate professional and ethical behavior.
  6. The student will be able to demonstrate mastery of core biomedical science principles.