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Integrated Biomedical Sciences - Graduate

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Dr. Brett Spear

Dr. Brett Spear

Director of Graduate Studies

College of Medicine

College of Medicine

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The Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBS) is an undifferentiated first-year core curriculum that serves as the entry point for six doctoral programs housed in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Students are admitted to IBS and, at the end of the IBS year, select their doctoral programs in one of these basic science departments:

  • Neuroscience
  • Toxicology and Cancer Biology
  • Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics
  • Pharmacology & Nutritional Sciences¬†
  • Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry
  • Physiology
IBS provides exposure to cellular and molecular concepts in the biomedical sciences, development of interdisciplinary approaches necessary for innovative research, and flexibility in choosing a research emphasis among 186 faculty in six departments. As part of IBS, students complete coursework, engage in biomedical research through laboratory rotations that facilitate selection of a dissertation mentor, and participate in research seminars. The IBS curriculum is designed for students beginning graduate studies in the fall semester.

Admissions & Application Information

The Integrated Biomedical Sciences program follows a rolling admissions process; therefore, the earlier your application is complete the more likely you will be selected for an interview leading to admission. Below is the admissions timeline:

 September 1 - Application available online for the following fall semester
 January 1* - All applications are due. The IBS admissions committee will begin reviewing  materials by December, and earlier applications will be given priority.   
 February-March On-campus interviews for selected candidates
 April 15 Deadline for candidates to accept offers to the graduate programs
*Applications recevied after this date may still be considered on a case by case basis depending on availability of positions.

Students may apply for entry into the IBS program in only the Fall semester. We do not offer admission to IBS in the Spring semester. Every applicant must possess a baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited institution of higher learning.

For international applicants, a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL (maximum 667) and a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL (maximum 300) or a minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (maximum 120); all applicants must demonstrate proficiency in verbal and written English.

Required Documents

All applications must follow the requirements of the University of Kentucky Graduate School and must be submitted directly to the Graduate School. The on-line application form for the Graduate School may be accessed here. When applying via the Graduate School Online Application, make sure to select Integrated Biomedical Sciences from the dropdown menu. Required documents in addition to the application include:

Three (3) letters of recommendation. You will be asked to provide the names and contact information of three faculty members who are familiar with your undergraduate and graduate coursework, research, etc.
A personal statement indicating research interest and goals for doctoral study and beyond.
A CV indicating any academic honors, publications, research experience, and relevant work experience (if applicable).

Admission Officer Contact Information

Vivian Bowling

201A Gillis Building
859-257-4619
vivian.bowling@uky.edu


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Dr. Brett Spear

Dr. Brett Spear

Director of Graduate Studies

College of Medicine

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