Skip to table of contents

Skip to main content

5.8 - Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS)

Updated: 7/23/2024

Graduate College

Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS)

P.O. Box 26901, BMSB 332
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
Phone: (405) 271-2406

GPIBS web site

Eric W. Howard, PhD, Program Director

Christopher Horton, PhD, Assistant-Director 

Jessica John, Coordinator, Special Programs

For a complete listing of the graduate faculty visit this website:

The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS) is an interdisciplinary program offered by  University of Oklahoma Health Sciences. It combines the expertise of seven participating programs located in the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology & Immunology, Pathology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physiology and the Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience.  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 programs.

Students should have a minimum GPA 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. Applicants who have matriculated from foreign institutions will also need to have successfully completed the TOEFL 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 are needed.  Applicants must also submit a Goals/Purpose Statement.

Students are encouraged to apply by January 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 make decisions 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 six research rotations that can span multiple programs. During the second GPiBS semester, students will select a specific program (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.

Return to top