Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS)


The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences

The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS) is a first-year, interdisciplinary program serving seven degree programs at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). Students will graduate with a PhD from one of the participating programs to prepare them for careers in biomedical sciences. OU Health Sciences Center is one of only a few comprehensive academic health centers in the nation. Our internationally prominent faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge technology, and nearly $200 million in external funding combine to make us the leader in graduate education and research in Oklahoma.

Program benefits snapshot

  • No Application Fee 
  • Full Tuition & Fees Paid 
  • $30,000 Annual Stipend
  • Six 6-week Lab Rotations 
  • Health Insurance Provided
  • Seven Participating Graduate Programs 
  • >150 Participating Faculty Mentors 


 Applications Open: September 1, 2021

 Deadline: January 16, 2022*

*Applications will be accepted after the deadline; however, late submissions are not guaranteed to be reviewed.


Participating Programs



All students complete interdisciplinary coursework emphasizing the core concepts for the participating programs. During year 1, students will participate in up to six 6-week lab rotations with faculty mentors of their choice and select a specific program for their dissertation research.

GPiBS students will spend their mornings in class and their afternoons in the lab getting hands-on experience. This allows the students ample time in a variety of labs to make an educated decision on which graduate program and mentor is the best fit to complete their PhD studies. After their GPiBS year, students focus on their research, complete advanced classes relevant to their areas of specialization, and participate in journal clubs and seminars.



Students graduate with a PhD from one of seven participating programs, preparing them for careers in academic or government research, teaching, biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, health management, science administration, regulatory offices, patent law, science policy, science communication, etc. In addition to academic rigor and research training, the OUHSC Graduate College aims to assist students in developing a comprehensive skillset through career and professional development programs intended to prepare trainees for success in a multitude of career paths.


Program Benefits

All GPiBS students receive full tuition and fees waivers. Graduate students also receive a stipend of $30,000 per year. GPiBS provides each student with health insurance, access to the Student & Employee Health Clinic, a gym membership to the University Health Club, and access to the host of resources provided by OUHSC Student Affairs


Student Outcomes

GPiBS students typically complete their PhD within 5.5 years. On average, students publish an average of 5.32 papers with their mentors. Graduates have earned post-doctoral fellowships at premier universities and competitive positions at biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies and government agencies.

Student Highlight Video


Program Highlight Video

video picture

Affiliated Program

Summer Undergraduate Research Program SURP