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Ph.D. Programs

Biomedical Sciences


Ph.D. Training Grants

The College of Graduate Studies at the Medical University of South Carolina is committed to the graduate training of biomedical research scientists who learn to work at the interface of the basic sciences and human health and disease. As a Ph.D. student you may take an interdisciplinary first year curriculum that allows exposure to all departments and programs before a research area and mentor are selected. The curriculum consists of interactive and comprehensive didactic units, self-selected laboratory rotations, and seminars to set the stage for your research career.

Areas of Research

  • Addiction Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Biomedical Data Science and Informatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cardiovascular Biology
  • Cell Biology, Regulation, and Signaling
  • Developmental Biology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics & Genomics
  • Immunology and Inflammation
  • Microbiology
  • Mitochondrial Biology
  • RNA and DNA structure and function
  • Neuroscience
  • Oral Health Sciences
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Proteomics, Lipidomics, and Glycomics
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Stem and iPS cell biology
  • Structural Biology
  • Virology

Application Requirements

Stipends of $28,500 per year paid health insurance, and tuition and fees paid by a Dean's Scholarship are provided for Ph.D. students.

No single metric is used to assess applicants, but rather a broader picture of the candidate's qualities is considered by our Admissions Committee. Applicants more likely to be considered favorably will meet the following requirements/guidelines.

  • Possess Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized institution
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Submit reference letters from 3 individuals (References should address the applicant's aptitude for research when possible)
  • Provide evidence of research experience (except applicants who are interested in Biostatistics or Epidemiology and have majored in math or a similar field)
  • The general GRE test is no longer required for most of our programs. Students applying for Biostatistics and/or Epidemiology are strongly encouraged to submit their GRE scores.

Once an application is complete it is sent for evaluation to the Graduate Admissions Committee. Selected applicants are invited to visit the campus and the cost of the visit is partially defrayed by the College. The visit is composed of interviews with members of the Graduate Admissions Committee, campus tours, introduction to the graduate training programs and discussion with faculty. After an applicant is interviewed, the Graduate Admissions Committee meets to decide on the qualifications of each applicant. Applicants are notified within a week or two of the interview of the Graduate Admissions Committee decision.

Interview weekends take place in January, February, and March.