Saint Louis University

Integrated & Applied Sciences | Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Many of the most significant research problems in science require an interdisciplinary perspective - work on problems outside of or between traditional scientific disciplines of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Mathematics. In response to this new paradigm, we have developed the IAS Ph.D. program for the purpose of: 1) Broadening student exposure to all areas of science; 2) Encouraging collaboration; 3) Better training graduate students to present their research to a more diverse audience; 4) Preparing students to work on interdisciplinary research problems throughout their careers.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: July 1 (International: May 1) Application Form and Fee; Official Transcripts; Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; Curriculum Vitae; Professional Goals Statement; An interview (on-campus or telephone) is desired.
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: November 1 (International: Oct. 1)
Summer: April 1
Tel. No.: 314.977.2834
Dr. Paul A. Jelliss 
Director Integrated and Applied Sciences Program 

Assistantship Application Deadline: February 1

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

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

  • The IAS Administrative Committee will ensure that the applicant possesses a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited, recognized college or university in a discipline relevant to the research of the IAS faculty mentor
  • Passing score on the TOEFL (for International Applicants).

Integrated & Applied Sciences Application Review Process: The IAS Administrative Committee will ensure that the applicant's previous academic record indicates the ability needed to pursue advanced studies The IAS Administrative Committee will then make an admissions recommendation to the Graduate School, but the Graduate School is responsible for making the final decision and communicating that decision to both IAS Program Director and the applicant.

Admission Statistics: This interdisciplinary program is large enough to provide students with broad exposure to collaborative scientific projects, yet is small enough for students to have the one-on-one interaction with their faculty mentor that is necessary to develop the communication skills that will enhance their employment opportunities and, in keeping with our Jesuit Tradition, endow the students with the tools to better contribute to society.

Credit Hours/Coursework: A minimum of 48 hours of post-baccalaureate coursework (exclusive of dissertation); 12 hours of Dissertation Research; Passing of preliminary Comprehensive Written and Oral Examinations; A dissertation; A public, oral presentation and dissertation defense.  | IAS Program of Study

Program Description: This interdisciplinary doctoral program trains scientists for careers in academia and in pharmaceutical and biochemical industries, preparing them to collaborate with other professionals. Scientific training takes place in an interdisciplinary environment with chemistry, biology, physics, biomedical science and earth and atmospheric science faculty.  | IAS Track Program Options: Chemistry | Physics | Biology | Environmental Science and GIS

Careers Possibilities: Crime Lab Analyst; Environmental Chemist; Fuels and Materials Scientist

Curriculum & Program Details: Students may enter the IAS program with Bachelors and/or Masters degrees in appropriate science disciplines. A primary mentor in one of the basic track disciplines involved in the program is identified by the student in the application process. The IAS program is divided into tracks housed within the traditional science disciplines: Biology (Bioinformatics, Integrated Geospatial Biology, Biometry); Chemistry (Analysis and Physical Characterization, Synthesis and Materials); Physics (Physics of Fluids); Center for Environmental Sciences/Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (Environmental Sciences and Geographic Information Systems). | Admission to IAS

About the Faculty: Faculty from the Departments of Biology, Biomedical Engineering, and Chemistry, as well as the Center for Environmental Sciences are collaborating in the IAS program. Many other departments are being drawn in as new tracks are developed and built around our students' interdisciplinary interests, including faculty from Biomedical Sciences, Physics, and the School of Public Health. | IAS Faculty Participants

Scholarships & Financial Aid: Sources of tuition and cost-of-living funding are usually through external funding only, such as grant-supported research (e.g. NSF, NIH) or overseas government coverage. Applicants should contact the Program Director and indicate their preferred primary mentor (of the track of their choice), who will need to provide a statement of financial support for the prospective student as part of the application process. | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: The Integrated and Applied Sciences Ph.D. program has been established in order to broaden student exposure to all areas of science, encourage collaboration across departments and colleges, and to better train graduate students to present their research to a more diverse audience. | IAS Handbook

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