As a student in the Ph.D. Program at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, you'll discover an exciting environment of academic inquiry and scientific discovery, combined with exceptional intellectual and technological resources designed to help you achieve your highest scientific career goals.

Broad curriculum

Aspiring biomedical scientists must acquire a broad background of knowledge and expertise as well as in-depth understanding of their primary area of research interest. As an investigator, your interests continue to evolve throughout your career as you discover unforeseen avenues of research.

The Ph.D. Program core curriculum prepares you for this constantly changing scientific world by providing the broad knowledge base needed. Most students complete the core courses during the first year while doing laboratory rotations, during which they build technical skills and identify a thesis mentor.

Balanced training

We primarily emphasize research training. Classroom experience, however, is an integral component of the Ph.D. Program, providing the intellectual foundation necessary for well-rounded scientists. Each area of specialization, therefore, offers you advanced courses built on the framework set by the core curriculum.


Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences provides stipends and full-tuition scholarships for all Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. students. Thus you have exceptional flexibility in choosing research mentors.

We offer a Ph.D. degree in biomedical sciences with an emphasis in one of seven tracks:

Feb. 19, 2014