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The IGP Application for 2020 admission is now open.

  • GRE scores are not required for the IGP application
  • There will be no application fee for anyone who has performed research within the US. Please read about our generous application fee waiver program
  • Our application priority deadline is December 1st and final deadline is December 15th

The Vanderbilt University Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) is a leading integrative biomedical graduate program, designed to foster well-rounded science leaders. Since its inception in 1992, the IGP has provided comprehensive training for our students, bridging traditional biomedical fields. Our students learn how to be creative and analytical thinkers, geared to tackle the quickly evolving world of research and technology.

As a union between 11 participating programs (listed to the right), the IGP provides a strong foundational jumping point for biomedical dissertation work. Students take one semester of core coursework and one semester of specialized electives while rotating through four laboratories of their choosing. At the end of this first year, students select their dissertation lab and one of our participating training programs to continue their graduate education.

With a unique infrastructure that encourages collaboration, Vanderbilt University is a premier research facility that ranks among the top institutions in the country.  Vanderbilt is located in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee, a quickly-growing city known for its vibrant culture and affordable cost of living.

Welcome message from the Director

James G. Patton, Ph.D.
James G. Patton, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Vanderbilt IGP website. I am glad that you are here to learn about our Ph.D graduate program and the outstanding opportunities at Vanderbilt. We have created a program that is “everything for everybody”, providing a rigorous foundation in biomedical training while proving flexibility for specialization in your chosen areas of study. Whether you come in with more broad interests or a specific dissertation question in mind, you will find the perfect home in the IGP.

More broadly, Vanderbilt is the best place for you to do your graduate training. Not only do we have some of the best research scientists, but we also have world-class support for your dissertation work and career development. We look forward to sharing the IGP with you.


Vanderbilt University welcomes applications from all individuals who come from diverse populations that are under-represented in science or academia, including but not limited to racial and ethnic minorities, individuals from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, and individuals with physical disabilities