The Microbiology and Immunology Department offers programs leading to MS and PhD degrees. A dual degree of MD/PhD is also offered to students who are accepted into the Stritch School of Medicine and the Graduate School. Full tuition remission and stipend awards are available for accepted PhD and MD-PhD students. All applications are accepted for fall admission only.
The rich research environment of Loyola University Medical Center is nationally and internationally recognized due to such programs as the Neuroscience and Aging Institute, the Burn-Shock Trauma Institute, the Cardiovascular Research Institute, the Parmly Hearing Research Institute, and the Oncology Institute, as well as the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center. The adjacent Hines Veterans Affairs Hospital, which shares a strong affiliation with Loyola University Medical Center, offers many other opportunities for research collaboration.
Graduate programs in the Integrated program in Biomedical Sciences are located at the Loyola University Medical 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 the Biomedical Science programs that offer graduate degrees. New PhD and MS graduate students enroll in a Core Curriculum in the first and second semester, after which they take advanced coursework and research training in their chosen area of specialization. PhD students do three rotations through potential dissertation laboratories during the second semester. After completing the laboratory rotations, students choose an advisor that will mentor their training, and together with their advisor they assemble a committee. Applications to the Stritch School of Medicine can be combined with an application to the Graduate School for purposes of pursuing the MD/PhD program.