School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS)

Access the Online 2016 Application Form

Please read below before applying for the 2016 cohort:

  • Read the Application Requirements section, below.
  • Read about the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS)
  • Consider Attending an Open House *Next Open House Event is Saturday, March 5, 2016
  • Early application is strongly encouraged.
  • Fall 2016 Applications will be available September 1, 2015.
  • Fall 2016 Deadline will be December 1, 2015.
    (Applications and all materials.)
  • On-campus interviews are held in mid-February.
  • International interviews are held throughout the application cycle.
  • Acceptances are offered from February through April.
  • Stipends are awarded on a competitive basis, and recipients are selected by April 15.

Application Requirements

  • All applicants must have earned a Bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation.
Official Transcripts
  • Official transcripts must be submitted from each college and university you have attended.
  • The University reserves the right to initiate an international transcript evaluation by an approved US evaluation agency such as World Education Services By submitting an application for admission, an individual applicant grants permission to the University to do so.
Letters of Recommendation
  • Three letters must be submitted in support of an application. These letters must be written by professionals who are qualified to comment on your potential for graduate study and research. At least one letter must be from a primary research mentor.
  • Recommenders must use appropriate letterhead stationery and envelope.
  • If you choose, you may provide your recommenders with a copy of our standard recommendation form.
  • Please be sure to print your name on the form and sign the waiver of access at the top.
  • All recommendation envelopes must be received with the seals unbroken and the recommender’s signature intact across the envelope flap.
Standardized Test Scores
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - All applicants, including foreign medical graduates, are required to supply official GRE scores.
    • Verbal, quantitative and analytical portions of the GRE are essential; advanced test scores in the appropriate academic field are recommended.
    • All test scores must be from examinations taken within the past five (5) years.
    • Scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service ( Use Institution Code 1117 and a department code from the list below indicating your preferred area of research.
      • Biochemistry - 0202
      • Neuroscience - 0213
      • Cell Biology and Anatomy - 0201
      • Microbiology and Immunology - 0212
      • Pharmacology - 0216
      • Physiology and Biophysics - 0217
      • Interdisciplinary Programs - 5101 (undecided)

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - - An official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of any applicant who does not hold US citizenship or permanent residency. This test must have been taken within the last two years. This requirement may be waived, at the University’s discretion, for applicants who have been full-time students in a United States college or university for two consecutive years or who are from countries in which English is the primary language.
    • It is the applicant's responsibility to request Scores be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (
    • Use Institution code 1117 and Department code 30 for "Other Biological Sciences" when requesting scores.
  • Applicants should have experience in a relevant field of research.

Submit supporting materials to:

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
SGPS Dean's Office
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064 USA

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