The Integrative Cell Biology (ICB) Graduate Program: Overview

The ICB Program offers MS, Ph.D. and MD/Ph.D. degrees. MS students are admitted through the ICB admissions committee, while Ph.D. students are admitted through the Integrated Program in Biomedical Science (IPBS) admissions committee. Students who applied for the dual degree of MD/Ph.D. program are admitted through the Stritch School of Medicine's MD/Ph.D. program. Full tuition remission, stipend, and health coverage awards are available for the accepted Ph.D. and MD/ Ph.D. students.

Applicants for the Integrative Cell Biology MS Program or the Ph.D. program must have completed an undergraduate degree with a major in biological sciences (e.g., biology, biochemistry, microbiology), chemistry.

All graduate programs in the Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences (IPBS) are at Loyola University Health Science Division (HSD)at the Mecical Center in Maywood, Illinois, approximately 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. The rapidly expanding Medical Center features a modern campus with state-of-the-art facilities for education and biomedical research.

Approximately 175 graduate students are currently enrolled in IPBSprograms. New Ph.D. and MS graduate students enroll in a Core Curriculum (applied to all graduate students at the HSD) in the first and second semester, after which they will take advanced coursework and research training in their chosen area of specialization. Ph.D. and MD/Ph.D. students do three rotations in potential dissertation laboratories and select a mentor and a laboratory at the end of the third or beginning of the fourth semesters. MD/Ph.D. and Ph.D. students will take the qualifying examination at the end of the fourth semester to advance to Ph.D. candidacy status.