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The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Graduate College Bulletin

5.8 - Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS)

College of Medicine

Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS)

P.O. Box 26901, BMSB 332
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
Phone: (405) 271-2489

GPIBS web site

Eric W. Howard, PhD, Director and Graduate Liaison

M.Caleb Marlin, PhD, Assistant-Director 

Vacant, Coordinator, Special Programs

For a complete listing of the graduate faculty visit this web site - 14572582-graduate-faculty-list

The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS) is an interdisciplinary program offered by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. It combines the expertise of six participating departments and programs: Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience, Microbiology & Immunology Pathology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physiology.  GPiBS offers an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to provide students with a breadth of knowledge that will prepare them for their subsequent graduate studies. Students will graduate with a PhD degree from one of the participating departments or programs.

Students should have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 and have completed an undergraduate degree in an area of science that adequately prepares them for the proposed plan of study described below. A GRE score is required. Applicants who have matriculated from foreign institutions will also need to have successfully completed the TOEFL. GRE and TOEFL scores should come from tests taken within the past two years. In addition, three letters of recommendation from individuals who can address the candidate’s research potential and preparedness for graduate school is needed.  Applicants must also submit a Goals/Purpose Statement.

Students are encouraged to apply by February 15th in order to secure a position in next year's class.  However, late applications will be considered.  Our Admissions Committee starts reviewing applications in December and normally have their decisions made for acceptance by March.  Following the submission of an application, the materials will be reviewed and select candidates will be invited for an interview, the cost of which will be paid by the program. Following the interview, a final decision will be made and candidates will be notified.

During the first year, students will complete interdisciplinary course work emphasizing molecular aspects of cell and organismal biology, along with up to four research rotations that can span multiple programs. During the second GPiBS semester, students will select a specific program or department (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Microbiology & Immunology, Pathology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or Physiology) for their dissertation research. After GPiBS, students will focus on their research, take advanced classes relevant to their area of specialization, and participate in other departmental/programmatic activities, including journal clubs, seminars, and electives.

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