Admissions

Admissions

Prospective students can apply online for admission through the UNMC Graduate Studies office website or through the Apply Online box above.

When submitting your application for the IGBPS, you will have two options:

  1. All IGPBS Programs (Uncommitted)

You can apply as an IGPBS uncommitted student. Being "uncommitted" means that you prefer to have the option to perform research rotations in any laboratory affiliated with the IGPBS program, in any of the IGPBS doctoral programs. If you choose this option, once you start filling out information in the application, you will be prompted to choose two (2) doctoral programs that most interest you. Students will commit to a doctoral program at the time their laboratory rotations are completed. **If you choose to apply as "IGPBS uncommitted", choose only this option from the main list of applications. DO NOT add two different doctoral programs (see the below list) to your cart. The application system will read this as two separate applications. Once you choose "All IGPBS Programs (Uncommitted)" and start filling out the application, the system will THEN ask you to choose the two (2) doctoral programs that most interest you.

  1. IGPBS ‘doctoral program name ‘ Only (Committed)

You can apply as an IGPBS committed student and choose to commit immediately to one of the following six doctoral programs. (Committed application titles listed below for each doctoral program.)

Being "committed" to a doctoral program at the time of application means that it is your intent at this time to pursue research in that particular program and plan to conduct your research rotations in labs associated only with this program.

All students will need to be accepted by both the general IGPBS program and at least one individual IGPBS doctoral program at the time of acceptance. For uncommitted students, selecting two preferred programs means that at least one of these programs will pre-approve / accept you into their program if you later chose to commit to that doctoral program. If an uncommitted student wishes to commit to another doctoral program after their rotations, then that doctoral program would need to accept their application at that time.

**Please note: When you submit your IGPBS application, the IGPBS office will not see it until ALL of your supporting documents have been received.


Application Requirements and Prerequisites:

IGPBS:

Admission to the IGPBS program requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate institution with a recommended minimum GPA of 3.25.  Students should have completed undergraduate courses in biology, calculus, physics and chemistry, including organic chemistry. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE), official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and three (3) letters of recommendation are also required.

Students applying to the Cancer Research Doctoral Program, as either an uncommitted or committed applicant, can have undergraduate coursework in either calculus or statistics.

The IGPBS program welcomes international students to apply. For international applicants, a minimum TOEFL score of 95 is recommended.  International students must also have their transcripts evaluated by credential evaluation service for translation.  The transcript evaluation must be a course-by-course evaluation that identifies and describes each diploma or certificate.

Click HERE for more information on how to apply.

Observation Hours

On the application, there is question that asks applicants to enter in the number of "Observation Hours" that they have.  If you have any hours doing job shadowing, enter the number of hours here.  If you have not done job shadowing, then enter zero in this field.  Do not include any research hours in this field.  There is a different question where applicants can enter research hours.

***For all applicants:  You do not need to have obervation hours/job shadowing to apply to the IGPBS.  This question on the application is one that the company who manages our application system puts on all applications and is something we can not remove.  So do not feel that you have to do observation hours/job shadowing before you can apply to the IGPBS.  Contact the IGPBS office if you have any questions.

Deadlines

We review applications, conduct interviews and make admissions decisions based on the application term chosen.  We encourage all applicants to apply early as positions in the program can be filled at any time during the application term cycle. 

The application deadlines vary based on doctoral program (see below). 

Spring Term - Application Review Timeline and Deadlines
Doctoral Program Application Opens U.S. Applicant Deadline International Applicant Deadline Chinese Scholarship Council Applicant Deadline
Cancer Research June 1, 2017 Nov. 1, 2017 Oct. 1,  2017 Not Applicable
Summer Term - Application Review Timeline and Deadlines
Doctoral Program Application Opens U.S. Applicant Deadline International Applicant Deadline Chinese Scholarhip Council Applicant Deadline
All IGPBS Programs (Multi-Program / Uncommitted) Sept. 1, 2017 Feb. 15, 2018 Dec. 15, 2017 Not Applicable
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Sept. 1, 2017 March 1, 2018 Jan. 1, 2018 Not Applicable
Cancer Research Sept. 1, 2017 March 1, 2018 Feb. 1, 2018 Not Applicable
Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology Sept. 1 , 2017 Feb. 15, 2018 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Fall Term - Application Review Timeline and Deadlines
Doctoral Program Application Review Begins U.S. Applicant Deadline International Applicant Deadline Chinese Scholarship Council Applicant Deadline
All IGPBS Program (Multi-Program / Uncommitted) Oct. 1, 2017 May 15, 2018 March 15, 2018 Jan. 20, 2018
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Oct. 1, 2017 June 1, 2018 April 1, 2018 Jan. 20, 2018
Cancer Research Oct. 1, 2017 June 1, 2018 April 1, 2018 Jan. 20, 2018
Immunology, Pathology & Infectious Disease Oct. 1, 2017 May 15, 2018 March 15, 2018 Jan. 20, 2018
Integrative Physiology & Molecular Medicine Oct. 1, 2017 June 1, 2018 April 1, 2018 Jan. 20, 2018
Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology Oct. 1, 2017 May 15, 2018 March 15, 2018 Jan. 20, 2018
Neuroscience Oct. 1, 2017 May 15, 2018 March 15, 2018 Jan. 20, 2018

Contact the IGPBS office for any questions about the application review and/or deadlines.

Fee Waivers

The IGPBS program offers an application fee waiver for all students who apply to the IGPBS program.  When students submit their application, the application will show a balance of $0.00 for the application fee.  If it does not show that, please contact the IGPBS office before submitting the application.

BRTP:

The last term for which the BRTP accepted applications was Summer of 2016. The BRTP was replaced with the IGPBS program.