The Graduate College

About the Graduate College at Rush University

Our graduates are well prepared for rewarding careers as scientists, educators and leaders in academia, industry and government.

Graduate College academic programs

Through an interplay between course work and hands-on exposure in the lab, you can discover and contribute to the science that captures your imagination.

Faculty Research at The Graduate College

The Graduate College’s accomplished faculty are recognized internationally for their research work in a wide range of biomedical fields.

Student research opportunities available through the Graduate College at Rush University

The Graduate College’s translational model allows you to conduct research alongside patients and clinicians in a diverse learning community.

Rush Graduate College students in a group photo

The Rush Initiative to Maximize Student Development, or Rush IMSD, is a National Institutes of Health-funded PhD training grant for underrepresented minority, or URM, students.


This is a time of unprecedented discoveries in the biomedical sciences, and the Graduate College strives to develop the next generation of exceptional research and health care professionals.
IMSD students

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

Discover the Rush Initiative to Maximize Student Development program for PhD students in the Graduate College.

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‘We Build Science, Person by Person’

Learn how the Graduate College is preparing future biomedical researchers to fight disease and improve lives.

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Graduate College PhD student Sa'Rah McNeal

Inspired to Make a Difference

An early experience with science lead Sa’Rah McNeal to pursue her PhD in the Graduate College and train as a cancer researcher.

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