Frequently Asked Questions

No, the IMSD is a Ph.D.-track program that feeds into the basic science departments and programs in the School of Medicine as well as the Dept of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts & Science. 

Yes, the IMSD program offers full financial support and covers all tuition, fees, and student health insurance. In addition, students receive a stipend. The stipend for 2012/2013 is $26,500. 

The IMSD program is funded by the National Institutes of Health and requires that students must be US citizens or permanent residents to receive financial support from the program.  However, international students may still participate in IMSD activities. All international applicants will be considered for full funding and support through the Vanderbilt International Scholar Program. Spots in the program are highly competitive. You may contact Amanda Connolly, VISP coordinator, with questions about the international application process at 615-343-1518 or at amanda.k.connolly@vanderbilt.edu.  

You may apply for the program and find more information about the admission timeline at this link . Admission to the IMSD is granted for the fall semester only, with most students matriculating in June or early July to participate in summer enrichment activities.  

You may apply for the program and find more information about the admission timeline by clicking here. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.  However, the program is generally filled by the end of April.  After this time prospective students are encouraged to inquire as to the availability of openings prior to submitting an application. 

Yes. This is not at all uncommon.  Contact Christina Williams and let her know that you would like to be considered for both programs.  A separate application to the IMSD is not necessary.

Admission is conducted on a rolling basis and interview offers are extended accordingly.  Applicants who apply by March 1 will find out no later than March 15th if they will receive an interview 

Your application status will not change online. You will be notified if you have been invited to interview for our program. Otherwise, we will contact you when all interview invitations have been extended regarding your application status.

Yes. The general GRE exam, which includes the Verbal, Quantitative and Analytic sections, is required for admission into graduate programs at Vanderbilt and therefore the IMSD. An official score report must be submitted. The GRE Institution Code is 1871. The GRE Department Code for this program is 0202 (No department code is necessary, but you may use 0202 if you are required to enter one). 

No. We do not require the subject exams for admission into the IMSD program.

No. There are no minimum GPA or GRE score requirements. 

There is NO FEE to apply online. For a number of years, Vanderbilt has not charged an application fee for programs in the Graduate School. It is our goal that all individuals regardless of socioeconomic status are encouraged to apply for consideration for one of our programs.You can find the free online application here

Please note the only materials that need to be mailed in are any sealed letters of recommendation that were not submitted online. We do NOT need copies of your official transcripts at the time of your application.

No. The IMSD only accepts students for Fall Admission, and students should expect to arrive in June/early July to begin summer enrichment activities.

If you have additional questions about the IMSD, you may contact:
Christina Kay Williams - IMSD Program Coordinator
615-343-8694
Christina.k.williams@vanderbilt.edu