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Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

Tulane’s Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences brings together some of the nation’s most talented young people with nationally- and internationally-recognized teachers and researchers: all in the context of a vibrant city replete with opportunities both in and out of the lab and classroom.

The program consists of a PhD program and Master's degree programs in Anatomy, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Human Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Pharmacology and Physiology. PhD candidates graduate with  a Biomedical Science degree and may specialize in one of the seven Master's specialties listed above. The program is organized as an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental, and intercampus program, comprised of faculty actively engaged in biomedical research. The goal of the PhD program is to train scientists in a collaborative scientific community driven by creativity and innovation. Students have access to resources and faculty from the Tulane School of Medicine, School of Science and Engineering, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and the Tulane Regional Primate Research Center. The curriculum is guided by a board of representatives composed of members of each department.

The Ph.D. program offers an  interdisciplinary curricula that allow students to choose their thesis mentors from ~ 90 faculty members in basic science and clinical departments at the School of Medicine and the Tulane National Primate Research Center. Tulane Biomedical Sciences faculty are involved in a wide variety of research. Faculty research interests can be explored by clicking on the faculty link on the right.  The PhD program includes tuition waivers and a competitive stipend for the duration of the program - usually four to seven years. Applications open October 1st.

The Program also offers combined MD/PHD degrees. The Physician-Scientist program starts in Medical School for two years, then transitions to the PhD program and back to Medical School for the last two years.  Applications are made to the Medical School rather than through the BMS application system. The MD/PHD program is for second year Medical School students who want to pursue research as well as getting their Medical Degree.  

All Departments offer a 1-year Master's program designed to to enrich and improve academic credentials of graduates and strengthen their academic foundation for further intellectual development, including entrance into medical, dental, or other health profession-related programs. Some departments also offer 2-year, research-intensive M.S. programs designed to enhance the academic credentials and scientific research experience of graduates and prepare them for careers in academic or industrial research. Check individual Master's Program websites for more information. Applications open October 1st