IBS PhD Program

The ultimate goal of the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program is the education and training of biomedical and health scientists with a focus on understanding the basic and applied aspects of biomedical phenomena. The program recognizes that the biomedical and health sciences have become very broad in scope and may draw as needed from traditional disciplines as unlikely as journalism and agricultural sciences. Within this goal, our mission is to provide students with a wide array of research opportunities in several more focused curricula, while assuring that all students receive core training in molecular sciences, communication skills and scientific ethics.

Tracks currently offered through the IBS program are in Cancer Biology, Disease Ecology, and Biomedical Research Science.

Thank you for your interest in the Interdiscplinary Biomedical Sciences (IBS) Program.   Below, you will find a checklist of steps to take in order to complete the application for admission for this two-year Professional Science Master’s program. Please also read through our Frequently Asked Questions where you will find more detailed information.

To the UGA Graduate School

  • A complete online application must be submitted to the UGA Graduate School. Degree Objective is Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. The Major Code is 456.
  • Official transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation and (for international students) TOEFL scores must also be sent to the Graduate School.  The Institution Code is 5813.
  • Applications are processed by the Graduate School and then forwarded to the appropriate department/institute, which could take several days.
  • Additional information about Graduate School admission requirements can be found here.

To the IBS Ph.D. program office

  • Cancer Biology
  • Disease Ecology
  • Biomedical Research Science

Requirements

In the first semester, all IBS graduate students are required to take three courses to satisfy a common core requirement:

BHSI   8920L  3 hrs.   Research Techniques in Biomedical Sciences
BHSI   8030    1 hr.     Overview of Biomedical Research
GENE 8650    1 hr.     Responsible Science

Because students will be physically based in laboratories that are located on different parts of the campus, it is important to have several activities that will facilitate the exchange of ideas across disciplines and foster camaraderie between students. Such activities will include attendance atResearch Seminar in Biomedical Sciences at which students present their findings to peers and faculty. Students will also be required to attend a Journal Club where they will discuss influential new publications of interest to a broad audience.

All students will be strongly encouraged to participate in laboratory rotations through at least three different faculty research programs in their first year before selecting a doctoral mentor(s).  Students are also required to take core electives from the list of approved courses for their track (e.g., Cancer Biology or Disease Ecology). All core requirements must be completed within the first two years of enrollment (within four semesters excluding summers).

In addition to the core requirements, students are required to take four hours of courses that teach scientific communication skills from a list of approved courses before their oral examination.

Additional electives are taken to meet all graduate school requirements for the Ph.D. degree, including 16 hours of 8000/9000 level course work (exclusive of doctoral research, independent study courses and dissertation writing) and a minimum 30 hours of course work overall (including at least 3 hrs. of dissertation writing).

The student must form a four-member Dissertation Advisory Committee by the end of the fourth semester in the program, in consultation with a faculty mentor(s) in whose group(s) the student’s research will be performed. In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the IBS, at least two members of the committee must be from different colleges and represent distinct disciplines. The Dissertation Advisory Committee will work in conjunction with the student to design a program of study. The Committee could recommend that a student take courses that are not listed in this document.

Q: What are application deadlines for the UGA IBS Ph.D. program?
A: Applications should be received by January in order to be eligible for University assistantships.

Q: What are the IBS Ph.D. Program and UGA Graduate School’s minimum test score requirements for admission?
A:  The Graduate School sets suggested guidelines for entrance exam scores. A list of the guidelines for GRE, MAT, GMAT and TOEFL scores may be obtained by emailing the Graduate Admissions Office (706-542-1739 or gradadm@uga.edu).

Q:  What is the timeline for processing my application?
A:   Only when all of your application materials have been received can a decision be made on your application. Please make sure to give your anticipated date of enrollment.

More Graduate Admission FAQs

Complete the online IBS statement of interest form. This form can be submitted at anytime, but preferably soon after you submit your online application to the UGA Graduate School. This form is critical to the evaluation of your application. Within this form, you will also be asked to upload your resume/CV.

Overview

The ultimate goal of the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program is the education and training of biomedical and health scientists with a focus on understanding the basic and applied aspects of biomedical phenomena. The program recognizes that the biomedical and health sciences have become very broad in scope and may draw as needed from traditional disciplines as unlikely as journalism and agricultural sciences. Within this goal, our mission is to provide students with a wide array of research opportunities in several more focused curricula, while assuring that all students receive core training in molecular sciences, communication skills and scientific ethics.

Tracks currently offered through the IBS program are in Cancer Biology, Disease Ecology, and Biomedical Research Science.

Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the Interdiscplinary Biomedical Sciences (IBS) Program.   Below, you will find a checklist of steps to take in order to complete the application for admission for this two-year Professional Science Master’s program. Please also read through our Frequently Asked Questions where you will find more detailed information.

To the UGA Graduate School

  • A complete online application must be submitted to the UGA Graduate School. Degree Objective is Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. The Major Code is 456.
  • Official transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation and (for international students) TOEFL scores must also be sent to the Graduate School.  The Institution Code is 5813.
  • Applications are processed by the Graduate School and then forwarded to the appropriate department/institute, which could take several days.
  • Additional information about Graduate School admission requirements can be found here.

To the IBS Ph.D. program office

Areas of Focus
  • Cancer Biology
  • Disease Ecology
  • Biomedical Research Science
Curriculum

Requirements

In the first semester, all IBS graduate students are required to take three courses to satisfy a common core requirement:

BHSI   8920L  3 hrs.   Research Techniques in Biomedical Sciences
BHSI   8030    1 hr.     Overview of Biomedical Research
GENE 8650    1 hr.     Responsible Science

Because students will be physically based in laboratories that are located on different parts of the campus, it is important to have several activities that will facilitate the exchange of ideas across disciplines and foster camaraderie between students. Such activities will include attendance atResearch Seminar in Biomedical Sciences at which students present their findings to peers and faculty. Students will also be required to attend a Journal Club where they will discuss influential new publications of interest to a broad audience.

All students will be strongly encouraged to participate in laboratory rotations through at least three different faculty research programs in their first year before selecting a doctoral mentor(s).  Students are also required to take core electives from the list of approved courses for their track (e.g., Cancer Biology or Disease Ecology). All core requirements must be completed within the first two years of enrollment (within four semesters excluding summers).

In addition to the core requirements, students are required to take four hours of courses that teach scientific communication skills from a list of approved courses before their oral examination.

Additional electives are taken to meet all graduate school requirements for the Ph.D. degree, including 16 hours of 8000/9000 level course work (exclusive of doctoral research, independent study courses and dissertation writing) and a minimum 30 hours of course work overall (including at least 3 hrs. of dissertation writing).

The student must form a four-member Dissertation Advisory Committee by the end of the fourth semester in the program, in consultation with a faculty mentor(s) in whose group(s) the student’s research will be performed. In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the IBS, at least two members of the committee must be from different colleges and represent distinct disciplines. The Dissertation Advisory Committee will work in conjunction with the student to design a program of study. The Committee could recommend that a student take courses that are not listed in this document.

FAQ

Q: What are application deadlines for the UGA IBS Ph.D. program?
A: Applications should be received by January in order to be eligible for University assistantships.

Q: What are the IBS Ph.D. Program and UGA Graduate School’s minimum test score requirements for admission?
A:  The Graduate School sets suggested guidelines for entrance exam scores. A list of the guidelines for GRE, MAT, GMAT and TOEFL scores may be obtained by emailing the Graduate Admissions Office (706-542-1739 or gradadm@uga.edu).

Q:  What is the timeline for processing my application?
A:   Only when all of your application materials have been received can a decision be made on your application. Please make sure to give your anticipated date of enrollment.

More Graduate Admission FAQs

Statement of Interest

Complete the online IBS statement of interest form. This form can be submitted at anytime, but preferably soon after you submit your online application to the UGA Graduate School. This form is critical to the evaluation of your application. Within this form, you will also be asked to upload your resume/CV.