Application Requirements

Important Note:  All PhD applicants will apply to the Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences (IPBS) by following the “Apply Now” link and selecting "Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences PhD". Applicants are instructed to indicate areas of interest in the Statement of Purpose, which will aid in the evaluation by the Admissions Committee, but have no bearing on acceptance. At the end of the first year, students will select a Dissertation Advisor and associate with one of the following six tracks of study:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Cell and Molecular Physiology
  • Integrative Cell Biology
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Neuroscience

Each track of the IPBS will  allow some flexibility for interdisciplinary study.

To be accepted for graduate study, students must have completed a Baccalaureate degree and/or coursework in relevant sciences (e.g. biology, chemistry, microbiology) from an accredited university or college. All applications are made on-line, and there is no application fee. 

Early application is strongly encouraged.  Review of applications will begin by December 1, and acceptance for admission will proceed on a rolling basis. The criteria used to evaluate an applicant for successful entry into the program include academic record and overall GPA, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the past four years, prior laboratory research experience/publication, personal statement and letters of recommendation.  Only complete application files will be evaluated. Early in the year (January through March), select applicants will be invited to visit our campus for on-site interviews, and to learn more about our program. Therefore, it is highly recommended that all materials are submitted by January 1. 

The application deadline for Fall 2018 admission is February 15.  

International applicants must have all transcripts evaluated by Education Credential Evaluator (ECE) and must provide the Graduate School Administration office with this evaluation. In some cases, the Program may require the ECE evaluation prior to their review; please refer to individual MS Program websites for further information. International applicants must also submit a score from the TOEFL exam.  Students receiving less than a passing score on the exam may be required to take ESL (English as a Second Language) courses given by Loyola University.

In many cases, applicants will be notified of the admission decision soon after the interview. If you do not reply to our letter of acceptance by April 15, the Graduate School has the discretion to rescind the offer of admission. Loyola University is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools and subscribes to its agreement regarding this reply date. If your application is received and considered after April 15, and if a letter of acceptance is sent to you for the Fall semester of that year, your reply may be expected within a limited, specified time frame, after which the Graduate School has the discretion to rescind the offer of admission.