Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area

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Program Overview

The Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (MSIA) graduate program is structured to meet the needs of students who want to graduate with a PhD degree within UNMC with a focus on clinical, multi-disciplinary research and those doing clinically-relevant basic research that may not be provided by other graduate or professional degree programs.  

The program is intended for those who wish to pursue individually designed programs of an interdisciplinary nature within the medical sciences.  Participating departments or research areas are called MSIA “sub-plans," with the PhD degree offered by the following sub-plans: 

Program Website

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


Course Requirements — View the MSIA Graduate Program curriculum requirements by sub-plan: 

Deadlines for Applying to the Program

*Applications are not accepted for the Clinical & Translational Research Mentored Scholars Program sub-plan. 
**Applications are only accepted for the Biological Defense & Health Security sub-plan. 

U.S. Applicant Deadline International Applicant Deadline Chinese Scholarship Council Applicant Deadline
Spring* June 1 Nov. 15 Oct. 1 Not applicable
Summer** Sept. 1 April 1 Feb. 1 Not applicable
Fall Oct. 1 June 15 April 1 Jan. 20