Application Process

Prospective Ph.D. students apply online to the Division of Basic Science rather than the individual graduate programs. A central Admissions Committee reviews applications. There is no fee for applying and a complete application requires the following:

  • Completion of the online application
  • Transcripts from all post-high school institutions attended
  • General GRE exam scores
  • TOEFL exam scores (if you are an international applicant)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Deadlines and Important Dates

December 15
We encourage applicants to apply and send in all supporting materials by the priority deadline. The Admissions Committee begins reviewing completed applications on December 1 and will begin extending interview offers to U.S. applicants in early December. We will fill the class on a first-come, first-served basis. 

February 1
Final application deadline

Late January-March
Interviews are held

Offers of admission are extended to applicants

By April 15
Applicants make final decision about accepting offer

Core course classes begin. (Students may choose to matriculate during the summer and complete a laboratory rotation)

Online Application

Financial Support

Not only does each student in the Division of Basic Science receive an annual stipend, additional grants, fellowships, competitive awards, and other support are available. 

For undergraduate college students interested in pursuing careers in basic biomedical research, the DBS offers the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF) and the Quantitative and Physical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (QP-SURF), which provides a 10-week summer research experience.

If you have any questions please contact:
Amy Haughey
Program Coordinator
Phone: 214-648-5191