Prospective Students

Our online  application for the 2018 season is now open!

Read more about tips for applying to our program on our "Materials and Methods" Blog

Philosophy of the Admission Programs in the Biomedical Sciences

As biomedical research moves forward in the 21st century, the lines between traditional scientific disciplines are almost gone. Accomplished researchers must possess more than an in-depth knowledge of one specific field - they need a broad understanding of principles and techniques from disciplines across the biomedical sciences. Vanderbilt was one of the first institutions to respond to the growing need for scientists with cross-disciplinary training. Since 1992, graduate students have received a comprehensive educational foundation for a successful career in biomedical research through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (IGP). While we have always had the goal of providing our students the strongest possible cross-disciplinary education, we also constantly update and modernize our topics, content, and approach to our curriculum.

Entry into the Ph.D. programs in the Biomedical Sciences at Vanderbilt is designed to provide a personalized, flexible approach to accommodate a wide range of educational backgrounds and specific interests via the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program. At the same time, we also have additional avenues for students from diverse educational backgrounds to enter our biomedical graduate programs. For more information on choosing an admissions program, please visit Selecting an Admissions Program.

Beyond the Curriculum

The goals of the first year program are to provide students with a strong, broad background in biomedical and biological sciences and research methods. Please visit Program to learn more about the curriculum.

Graduate education at Vanderbilt extends beyond the classroom and the lab to provide diverse opportunities for professional development. As a leading collaborative research university we have countless opportunities for you to enhance your training, skills, and resume while continuing to make progress on your thesis work. Some examples are listed below.

Other Organizations: this list not enough? Here’s more! 

Please navigate the links to the right to learn more about the IGP program

Please find additional information on our Frequently Asked Questions or Admissions pages.


2017 Biomedical Graduate Program Recruiting Fair Schedule

Would you like to meet a representative of our Biomedical Graduate programs? We would love to meet you too! We will be attending the following Graduate School Fairs. Please stop by so we can get to know you.

REGISTER NOW to attend the FREE Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair on July 25th 2017, October 3rd 2-17, and April 26th 2018! Save valuable time & interact live online with the nation's Top Biomed Schools.

You can also connect with us at

Date Graduate School Fairs and Links

NIH 2017 Graduate & Professional School Fair


2017 Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair


2017 Leadership Alliance National Symposium


2017 Virtual Fair for Graduate Training in the Biomedical Sciences for Individuals with Disabilities


The Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition


2017 Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair


SACNAS National Conference


ABRCMS 2017 Conference


2018 Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair

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