About the Graduate College

This is a time of unprecedented discoveries in the biomedical sciences and a great time to consider the Graduate College at Rush University — your portal into this exciting world. The curriculum for our master’s and doctoral programs has been designed by our students and faculty building on national best practices. Our goal is to develop the next generation of exceptional research and health care professionals.

Through an interplay between course work and hands-on exposure in a highly productive laboratory setting, you can discover and contribute to the science that captures your imagination. You will work with vibrant teams of professionals and be exposed to a wide range of perspectives and opportunities for both research and professional development.

Our highly interactive translational model for research allows you to conduct research alongside patients and clinicians in a diverse learning community. With this practical training, our graduates are well prepared for rewarding careers as scientists, educators and leaders in academia, industry and government.

Fast facts

  • Established in 1981
  • More than 200 students enrolled
  • Most diverse of all Rush University colleges: 11 percent of students are African-American/Black and 10 percent are Hispanic/Latino
  • 50 percent of students are female
  • Students come from all over the U.S. and 15 percent from other countries
  • 35 percent of graduates go on to academic careers and 31 percent to industry careers
  • Graduates have become teachers, consultants, patent attorneys and many other careers

Our mission

The mission of the Graduate College of Rush University is to promote and assure excellence in research education and mentoring programs responsible for training outstanding and diverse candidates in the basic and clinical sciences. At Rush, the translation of bench research to the clinic is the primary focus of all programs. Using the practitioner-teacher model, faculty work side-by-side with the students in an effort to cure disease and bring the newest possible treatments to the patients. The programs of the college are flexible and responsive to the changing needs and experiences in their disciplines. The college promotes cooperative efforts in achieving high quality educational and research programs to prepare students for successful careers and lifelong professional development.

Our vision

Our graduates will become productive scientists, educators and leaders in their respective fields. In the arenas of academia, industry and government, they will compete successfully for funding and train the next generation of researchers and educators.

Strategic plan

  • Contribute to Rush University Medical Center being a top-ranked health sciences university
  • Attract, develop and produce the next generation of exceptional health care leaders and professionals
  • Achieve national recognition in defining processes to improve the quality and outcomes of health care delivery
  • Lead the development of innovative programs and partnerships that improve health education and improve disparities in our communities
  • Continue to attract exceptional professionals whose teamwork sustains the transformation of health care
  • Conduct leading-edge research that arises from centers of excellence in the delivery of superb care


  • Andrew Bean, PhD 
  • Gabriella Cs-Szabo, PhD
    Associate Dean
  • Marenda Wilson-Pham, PhD
    Associate Dean
  • Laurice Know, MPH
  • Marisol Vega, BA
    Admissions Specialist  
  • Brad Bender, MSW
    Academic Program Coordinator 


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Office Location

Armour Academic Center
600 S. Paulina St., Suite 438
Chicago, IL 60612

Phone: (312) 942-3589
Fax: (312) 942-7441