Basic and Translational Biomedicine

Ph.D. and Research Track

The Basic and Translational Biomedicine (BTB) Graduate Program is designed to educate and develop students into leading independent scientists, scholars, and innovators. The program offers exceptional training opportunities in the basic and applied health sciences with nationally and internationally recognized faculty across the following focus areas:

Our goal is to train students to be on the forefront of demystifying disease mechanisms, identifying disease targets, and advancing innovative therapeutic interventions and technologies.

To achieve this, students will develop critical knowledge and skills through a ‘tailored’ interprofessional curriculum, immersive extramural internship opportunities with industry and hospital partners such as Orange Grove Bio (OGB), as well as, a diverse community of research faculty mentors and collaborators housed within state-of-the-art research facilities.

Based on individual interests and career goals, students can choose from three tracks in which to complete their study.

The BTB program offers two research intensive tracks at the doctorate and master of science level for those interested in more research-intensive application and training.

New to the program is the addition of a third Master of Science Innovation Track, a non-thesis bearing 10-month plan of study for those more focally interested in medical device commercialization.

No matter the chosen path, students will be prepared to function in solution-based roles across academic, industry and regulatory agencies to impact evolving healthcare needs through discovery and innovation.

Discovery Tracks (Research Intensive)

Application Deadline

Early Deadline: May 1
Final Deadline: June 1
Spring 2024 Deadline: October 1

Prerequisite Courses

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Entry Term

Fall Semester
Spring Semester (2024 only)



Program Length

M.S. Research Thesis Track: 2 years
Ph.D.: 5 years

Credit Hours

M.S. Research Thesis Track: 45 credits
Ph.D.: 90 credits

Admission Requirements

Discovery Tracks

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in the majors of chemistry, biochemistry or any of the biological sciences, or a combination of majors such as for pre-pharmacy or pre-medicine
  • Have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA and/or a 3.3 graduate GPA. Students with a 3.4 undergraduate GPA or above will be given preferential consideration for admission.
    • Candidates not meeting these criteria may submit official GRE scores for admission consideration.
    • Candidates interested in professional school enrollment following potential BTB degree completion should submit appropriate test scores if available (e.g. MCAT)
  • Submit an updated CV containing contact information, education, employment, scholarly activities, and licensure (if applicable)
  • Submit a personal statement describing why you want to pursue a research degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) and how this will further your career goals
  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions that you have taken courses at. This includes both undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Be a U.S citizen/U.S. permanent resident (latter must submit documentation of status during application process) or be eligible for a J-1 Visa (J-1 Visa Holder Resources)



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