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The School of Medicine (SOM) at the University of Missouri-Columbia is offering an innovative training program with the Translational Biosciences PhD. The Translational Biosciences PhD program represents a new paradigm for graduate training in biomedical research. This program will span the entire breadth of the biomedical research spectrum, from basic science discoveries to improved clinical outcomes and population health. The program includes six emphasis areas: Biochemistry and Biophysics; Cancer Biology; Infection and Immunity; Integrative Physiology; Nutrition and Exercise Physiology; Population and Precision Health.

The Translational Biosciences PhD program will provide our PhD graduates with both a deep knowledge base of their chosen discipline and the ability to communicate and collaborate across disciplines. Through close collaborations with the outstanding scientists and clinicians of the Precision Health Institute, the School of Medicine, and a UM System-wide effort to translate ground-breaking biomedical research into life-changing reality for people in Missouri and around the world, the Translational Biosciences PhD program will provide state-of-the-art research training to young biomedical scientists at the beginning of their scientific careers.

Degrees Offered


On Campus

*This program is eligible for the STEM OPT Extension.

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: December 1

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or University
  • Only completed applications will be considered for Fall admission. Applicants are selected for admission in the program based on their potential to conduct high-quality, independent research.

Minimum Language Requirements

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Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the School of Medicine Translational Biosciences Program

  • 3 letters of recommendation (submitted through the Graduate School application)
  • Personal statement- Should be at least two paragraphs in length. Include why you want to complete your Ph.D. training in this program. Please state your goals, previous research experience which emphasis area you are interested in and why.
  • A CV highlighting any conferences, abstracts, articles, etc.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (International applicants only)
  • GRE Scores, if provided, will be considered as one part of the application package but are not required for admission to the Translational Biosciences program. If you do wish to provide GRE scores, please use this code: Institution Code = 6875)