Department and Institute-based Graduate Programs

Students enter graduate study in the Fall term, which is structured to expose students to meaningful research experiences and innovative curriculum before a formal commitment to a specific PhD graduate program (see below for details). Students join a Department or Institute-based PhD graduate program in January of the 1st year, and ultimately obtain their degree from that program. Both Tier 1 and Tier 2 graduate programs award PhD degrees that involve original, thesis-based, independent research. Most students admitted into ILS are expected to later join Tier 1 graduate programs. Fewer ILS students join Tier 2 graduate programs; applicants interested in a specific Tier 2 program should consider applying to that graduate program directly. To learn more about the breadth of research within a specific graduate program, select from one of the links below.

Tier 1 graduate programs

If you are interested in one of these graduate programs, you MUST apply through ILS.

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Institute of Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics

Cellular Biology

Cellular Biology

Genetics

Genetics

Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases

Neurosciences

Neuroscience

Pharmaceutical & Biomedical

Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Physiology and Pharmacology

Physiology and Pharmacology

Tier 2 graduate programs

If you are interested in one of these graduate programs, you can EITHER apply through ILS or through the graduate program of interest.

Chemistry

Chemistry

Entomology

Entomology

Marine Sciences

Marine Sciences

Molecular Biology

Microbiology

Plant Biology

Plant Biology

Poultry Science

Poultry Science

Toxicology

Toxicology