Saint Louis University

Basic Biomedical Sciences | Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Four (4) departments are members of the Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences:

Each year, highly qualified candidates with bachelors' degrees are accepted into this multidisciplinary Ph.D. program.

In the School of Medicine, we also offer a fifth Ph.D. program through the Center for Anatomical Sciences. Students can receive a Master of Science, Ph.D. or Certificate in Anatomical Studies.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: February 1 (International: February 1) Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G scores (GRE S Optional); Resume; Professional Goal Statement. Interview required or desired based on Major Field.
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: No admittance
Summer: No admittance
Tel. No.: 314.977.8678
Director: Willis Samson, Ph.D.
Admissions Coordinator: Lindsay Oliver

Assistantship Application Deadline: February 1

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students:

  • A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying materials
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores

Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

Applicant Criteria: A committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly.

  • An above-average GPA
  • A review of GRE scores
  • A review of TOEFL scores (for International applicants)

Basic Biomedical Sciences Application Review Process: Rolling admission for candidates throughout the year for a Fall Term start.

Rankings/Honors:  For Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, their program is ranked in the 70th-80th percentile of stipends nationally; NIH ranking in regards to funding; Among the top 50 ranked in regards to federal grant.

Credit Hours/Coursework: All students interested in the Ph.D. program must enroll through the Core Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. This one-year core program provides the student with a strong basic foundation in biomedical sciences and allows the student the opportunity to rotate through various laboratories in the Health Sciences Center before choosing a specific field of study. After the first year, the student chooses a mentor and a department for further work towards their Ph.D. degree. | Basic Courses

Program Description: To assist students in deciding which of the diverse areas of biomedical research is right for them, our program provides students with the opportunity to explore research in as many as four different disciplines during their first year of graduate training. This includes interdisciplinary lecture courses, small group discussions, and participation in a colloquium series. Informed by their experiences in the first year, students then select a Ph.D. mentor in a specific program and continue with their Ph.D. training in that program. | Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences Information Request 

Careers Possibilities:  Our emphasis is on the preparation of technically skilled and thoughtful scientists for diverse careers in academia, industry or government. | Career Services

Curriculum & Program Details:  The first year courses focus on the basic biochemical, molecular, cellular and organismal aspects of the biomedical sciences. This prepares the student for more intensive, individualized instruction, unique to the discipline they choose to study further in the following years. | Colloquium Calendar

About the Faculty: Instructors come from all four Ph.D. programs and their charge is to introduce the students to the most recent findings in their fields including not only the current level of knowledge in the field, but also the methodologies used to study the major issues in their discipline. | Faculty Pages: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology | Molecular Microbiology & Immunology | Pathology | Pharmacology & Physiological Science

Scholarships & Financial Aid: Financial aid is available and all first- and second-year students receive a nationally competitive, student stipend as well as tuition waivers. Health insurance is also provided by the Core Program. Stipends, health benefits and tuition costs are the responsibility of the student's advisor or doctoral program during the final years of their graduate study, and are most commonly provided by research grants or contracts. | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: In 1998, the five Ph.D. granting programs in the biomedical sciences at the St. Louis University School of Medicine established a First-Year Core Curriculum for all entering doctoral students. All students apply to the Core Program and, upon acceptance, begin a year of multidisciplinary coursework and four formal laboratory rotations that lead to the selection of a graduate advisor and entry into one of the four, distinct Ph.D. programs. | Students from 1998-2008

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