Sanford-Burnham Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

A roadmap for Ph.D. students aiming for a successful career in science

A roadmap for Ph.D. students aiming for a successful career in science

Find the best way to approach graduate school to optimize your chances for success
and how to get the most out of a Ph.D. program

GSBS Students Mentor Interns from High Tech High Media Arts

GSBS Students Mentor Interns from High Tech High Media Arts

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has again collaborated with High Tech High Media Arts (HTHMA) by offering high school student internships in Sanford-Burnham labs

About the Graduate School

Sanford-Burnham’s Graduate School is founded on the Institute’s collaborative ethos. The program plays to our strengths in biomedical research, and is supplemented by the technologies being developed here and elsewhere to facilitate breakthroughs in thought and practice.

- Guy Salvesen, Ph.D.

Dean of the Graduate School


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Our mission is to educate students to become the innovative biomedical scientists of the future. With state-of-the-art technology, an entrepreneurial mindset and a highly personalized program, we are dedicated to educating students who drive cutting-edge translational research forward and preparing them to become the next generation of outstanding biomedical scientists.

We offer a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences. The graduate program prepares students for careers in basic and translational research through a unique curriculum of focused, multi-disciplinary instruction.

Our program is tailored to the student’s course of study and research focus. Classroom and seminar instructions are accompanied by extensive practical laboratory training under the supervision of expert faculty.

Students in the first year of the program take focused classes, elect a number of specialized tutorials with faculty, and begin their thesis research. In the following years the program allows students to focus on their laboratory research that will lead to their doctoral dissertation.

Program Learning Outcomes

A student graduating from Sanford-Burnham Graduate School will demonstrate:
  • Strong foundational knowledge
  • High quality biomedical research
  • Innovative critical thinking and experimental design
  • Clear written communicate in standard academic genres such as grant proposals, poster presentations, and scientific articles
  • Excellent oral communication skills

Sanford-Burnham Graduate School General CatalogDownload the Graduate School catalog (pdf)

Admissions Requirements

Sanford-Burnham’s admissions requirements explain the admissions process. All application materials must be received by December 15, 2014 for admission in September of the following year.

General Catalog

The general catalog (pdf) contains information about admission requirements, curriculum and student expectations and graduate requirements. You will also find description of required courses for the graduate program.

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