Frequently Asked Questions

What are Research Areas and Cross-Disciplinary Training Centers?

To train creative, independent research scientists poised to tackle fundamental questions in biomedical research in the post-genomic era, the Biomedical Sciences Program offers a flexible system of advanced research options.

Nine Research Areas provide an opportunity for students to specialize in a major area of modern biomedical science. Each research area builds from the first year core courses and includes advanced training activities, including seminar and journal clubs to facilitate detailed discussion of literature relevant to each field. 

Cross-Disciplinary Training Centers are BMS-affiliated cross-campus research and training initiatives, that are typically more specialized than the Research Areas. These Training Centers emphasize particular strengths of the UCSD campus.

What is the ratio of students to faculty?

Currently, there are 177 graduate students and 214 faculty members. Biomedical Sciences is a multi-departmental and multi-institutional program, including faculty in the School of Medicine, the San Diego Supercomputer Center, and the neighboring Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Research Institute The faculty are recognized nationally and internationally as authorities in their fields and the program is known as one of the best in the country.

Where are the graduates of the program?

As of Spring 2020, 630 students have graduated from the program with Ph.D. degrees. Our graduates are competitive in a variety of professional settings, particularly as academicians, members of research institutes, and as researchers and administrators in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Click here to search the alumni directory.

Do I receive a stipend?

All students in good standing in the program receive full financial support including tuition, fees, health insurance, and a stipend throughout their Ph.D. training. Sources of support include NIH training grants, university fellowships, individual research fellowships and research grants. Because of the changing economy, the stipend has been increasing continually. The current stipend is $34,500. Students who receive outside fellowships are eligible for supplemental awards in recognition of their achievement.

How do I apply?

To apply, please visit the UCSD GradApply web site (International students should use the International Student Pre-Application form). Invitations for interviews are generally issued between January and March, with offers finalized by the end of March. All graduate programs require a commitment to a particular program by April 15th. For questions or comments regarding this site, please contact us at biomedsci@ucsd.edu.