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Prospective Students

Collaborative and Diverse Research Culture

Graduate training programs in the School of Medicine are specifically geared to match and complement the inherent strengths of each student. We work with the individual, and their unique set of goals, to create the right balance between a strong, programmatic focus and valuable, interdepartmental cross training. In fact, a well-rounded experience means that our graduate students conduct research under faculty mentors in virtually every one of the school's 28 departments.

Our environment is shaped by the diversity and forward-thinking initiatives of our students, faculty, and partners. We emphasize collaboration and use it as an effective technique in providing a world-class program to prospective students like you who have a hunger for discovery. Many programs intersect with colleagues throughout Health Sciences, the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, the Swanson School of Engineering, and at the neighboring Carnegie Mellon University.

While other top-level schools might offer a singular advantage, our programs can provide unmatched educational excellence and accessibility to the individualized training you crave. Take time to explore which program is the right fit for your scientific interests.

Admission to Graduate Studies

The admissions process is specific to your desired program. View our programs below and click through to learn more about requirements, deadlines, and how to apply.

PhD Programs

Biomedical Informatics 

  • Application Open: October 1
  • Deadline to Apply: January 1 for predoctoral admission | March 1 for postdoctoral scholar/researcher

Clinical and Translational Science 

  • Application Open: September 1
  • Deadline to Apply: January 31

Computational Biology 

  • Application Open: September 7
  • Deadline to Apply: December 10

Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program 

  • Application Open: September 1
  • Deadline to Apply: December 1

Integrative Systems Biology 

  • Application Open: September 1
  • Deadline to Apply: December 15

Microbiology and Immunology

  • Application Open: September 1
  • Deadline to Apply: December 1

Molecular Biophysics & Structural Biology

  • Application Open: September 1
  • Deadline to Apply: Early: December 1 | Regular: January 1

Neurobiology/Neuroscience 

  • Application Open: September 30
  • Deadline to Apply: December 1
Masters Programs

Biomedical Informatics

  • Application Open: October 1
  • Deadline to Apply: January 1 for predoctoral admission | March 1 for postdoctoral scholar/researcher

Biomedical Sciences 

  • Application Open: October 1
  • Deadline to Apply: June 1

Computational Biomedicine and Biotechnology

  • Application Open: 
  • Deadline to Apply: Rolling Admissions

Clinical Research

  • Application Open: December 15
  • Deadline to Apply: February 28

Medical Education

  • Application Open: Spring term  September 1 | Summer term  December 15
  • Deadline to Apply: Spring term  October 31 | Summer term  February 28
Certificate Programs

Biomedical Informatics

  • Application Open: October 1
  • Deadline to Apply: January 10 for predoctoral admission | March 1 for postdoctoral scholar/researcher

Clinical Research

  • Application Open: December 15
  • Deadline to Apply: February 28

Medical Education

  • Application Open: Spring term  September 1 | Summer term  December 15
  • Deadline to Apply: Spring term  October 31 | Summer term  February 28

Clinical and Translational Research for PhD students in the Health Sciences (Students apply after completing their first year of graduate school.)

  • Application Open: December 15
  • Deadline to Apply: February 28
Summer Research Programs

Financial Aid

Graduate students enrolled in PhD programs receive a stipend ($32,000), full tuition remission, and individual health insurance (with an option to purchase additional family coverage). The combination of our competitive stipend and Pittsburgh's affordable cost of living allows students to live comfortably. In addition, a $2,000 educational enrichment account is provided to each first-year PhD student for the purchase of books, computers, and other education-related expenses.

Information about the costs of Masters and Certificate programs can be found on individual program websites and by directly contacting those programs.