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Prospective Students

Our online application for the 2021 season is now closed. We look forward to your application next season!

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.

Admissions Office Hours

Beth Bowman, Ph.D. is hosting bi-weekly open office hours to help you with your admissions questions! Feel free to log in to ask any or all of your admissions questions. You can register at any point, either in advance or on the day of.

Date Registration Link
9/14, 1:30-3:00 pm CST   Register Here (full)
9/28, 1:30-3:00 pm CST   Register Here (full)
10/12, 1:30-3:00 pm CST   Register Here (full)
10/26, 1:30-3:00 pm CST   Register Here (full)
11/9, 1:30-3:00 pm CST   Register Here (full)
11/23, 1:30-3:00 pm CST   Register Here

2020/21 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, many of which will be virtual and free for prospective students. Please stop by so we can get to know you.

REGISTER to attend the FREE Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair (see details below)! Save valuable time & interact live online with the nation’s Top Biomed Schools.

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At Vanderbilt University, we hold the sincere belief that fostering the advancement of and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion of all students, faculty, and staff benefits all members of our community. To bring to life our vision of inclusive excellence, we are intentional about recruiting, retaining, and supporting diverse and underrepresented groups of students. We encourage individuals from all populations to apply to our graduate programs. The university does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, socio-economic background, or disability.