Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Admissions & Deadlines

Competitive applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Additional training, for example, a master’s in the basic sciences, will strengthen a candidate’s application. Applicants should have a grade point average above 3.0 and a science major to apply.

We evaluate all applicants on the following:

  • Complete online application
  • Statement of purpose that describes your current research interests as they pertain to your desire to complete the PhD program at Rush University. Please include specific details about your past research experience
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts from every higher education school attended. Official transcripts must be sealed and either mailed (address below) or emailed directly to the Graduate College by each school.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources. Letters of recommenders must be uploaded via the online application by your recommender. 
  • Official GRE scores from an exam taken within the past five years. Send scores to Rush University using school code 1676. We encourage applicants who score above the 50th percentile in both verbal and quantitative to apply. MCAT, DAT, Pharm D or USMLE accepted.

International students (those with a degree outside the U.S.) must also submit the following:

  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language, or TOEFL, scores. Send scores to Rush using school code 1676. We will waive the TOEFL requirement if you completed your degree in a country where the official language is English. We do not accept International English Language Testing System scores.
  • Official course-by-course evaluation from an Educational Credential Evaluator, or ECE, for every higher education degree obtained or attempted. Send international transcripts to ECE for evaluation. They can then email the formal evaluation directly to the Graduate College. We do not accept evaluations from World Education Services.

First submit your online application, statement of purpose and CV along with your application fee. You can then email or mail your official transcripts to the following addresss:

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

Application dates and deadlines

Priority deadline: January 1
Final deadline: March 1

We will begin reviewing completed applications after the January deadline. Competitive applicants will be interviewed prior to admission. Admissions will be done on a rolling basis. Admission letters will be distributed as soon as a decision is made. In most cases this will be before March 15.

Tuitions, fees and aid overview

Students who are admitted to the doctorate program, will be offered competitive financial support, including a tuition scholarship, health insurance, monthly stipend and professional development support. Details will be communicated upon admission.

Annual program activity fee:  $250

**Please note that non U.S. residents are not eligible for NIH training grant support or University fellowships**

Admissions Contact

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

Phone:  (312) 942-3589
Email:  gc_admissions@rush.edu

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