Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences

Program Overview

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 I thought I wanted to work with cancer therapeutics. But in my first semester, I was able to rotate through a neuroscience lab and an immunology lab. Ultimately, I realized I was most interested in cancer immunology. Without the IGPBS, I might have missed this interest and not learned the skills required to pursue it.
- Christopher M. Thompson, IGPBS student

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS) consortium consists of seven interdisciplinary doctoral programs with over 200 participating research faculty from 32 basic science and clinical departments. 

The seven doctoral programs that comprise the IGPBS are:

Students can enroll in IGPBS before choosing a laboratory or a doctoral program (“Multi-program” students), which provides the opportunity for research rotations in any of the participating laboratories on campus. Multi-program students complete a first semester common core curriculum, after which they commit to one of the seven doctoral programs and complete advanced interdisciplinary training in their field of interest. 

Students can also enter IGPBS committed to an individual doctoral program ("Single-program" students). Single-program students rotate among the laboratories in that doctoral program and follow the first semester curriculum of that doctoral program.

Program Website

Learn More — Visit the IGPBS Graduate Program website for more information.

Curriculum

Course Requirements — View the IGPBS Graduate Program curriculum requirements by doctoral program: 

Deadlines for Applying to the Program

The application deadlines vary based on doctoral program (see below). Before you apply to the IGPBS, make sure to review their application tips.

Spring Term - Application Review Timeline and Deadlines
Doctoral Program
Accepting Applications for Spring
Application
Review Begins

U.S. Applicant Deadline

International Applicant Deadline Chinese Scholarship
Council Applicant
Deadline
Cancer Research June 1 Oct. 1 Oct. 1 Not applicable

Summer Term - Application Review Timeline and Deadlines

Priority Deadline: January 1

Doctoral Programs
Accepting Applications for Summer
Application
Review Begins
 
U.S. Applicant Deadline International Applicant Deadline  Chinese Scholarship
Council Applicant
Deadline
 
All IGPBS Program (Multi-program) Sept. 1 Feb. 15 Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Sept. 1 March 1 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Cancer Research Sept. 1 March 1

Feb. 1 

(May 1 start date)

Not Applicable
Integrative Physiology & Molecular Medicine Sept. 1 March 1 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology Sept. 1 Feb. 15 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Neuroscience Sept. 1 Feb. 15 Not Applicable Not Applicable

Fall Term - Application Review Timeline and Deadlines

Priority Deadline: January 1

Doctoral Programs
Accepting Applications for Fall
Application
Review Begins
 
U.S. Applicant Deadline International Applicant Deadline Chinese Scholarship
Council Applicant
Deadline
All IGPBS Program (Multi-program) Oct. 1 May 15 March 15  Jan. 1 
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Oct. 1 June 1 April 1 Jan. 1 
Bioinformatics & Systems Biology Oct. 1 May 15 March 15 Jan. 1 
Cancer Research Oct. 1 June 1 April 1 Jan. 1 
Immunology, Pathology & Infectious Disease Oct. 1 May 15 March 15 Jan. 1 
Integrative Physiology & Molecular Medicine Oct. 1 June 1 April 1 Jan. 1 
Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology Oct. 1 May 15 March 15 Jan. 1 
Neuroscience Oct. 1 May 15 March 15 Jan. 1