Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences – GPIBS

The Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences (GPIBS) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences offers students the opportunity to pursue training in a wide range of disciplines while providing a foundation in the basic sciences. GPIBS is now accepting students for Fall 2023. The priority application deadline is December 1, 2022; the final deadline is March 31st, though early submission of applications is strongly encouraged.

Students complete a core curriculum in semester 1 and then are encouraged to select a track prior to semester 2.  Each track has additional course requirements (click on track name for additional information).  Students also participate in 3 research rotations during semester 1 to identify a research mentor. If students do not identify a mentor at the end of the semester, they can continue rotations in semester 2.  Most of the didactic coursework can be completed in the first 2 years of study. At the end of year 2, students will take a candidacy exam that includes a written and oral component to officially be a candidate for the doctoral degree. Students will then continue work with their research mentor. Their research project must be defended in a written and oral format prior to awarding of the doctoral degree. The GPIBS tracks and links to track faculty are listed below.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Cell Biology and Physiology
Microbiology and Immunology
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Experimental Therapeutics

PhD students receive a stipend ($30,000 per year) and tuition is paid by UAMS or the mentor.

Students interested in the GPIBS PhD program may be eligible for the UAMS Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program. The IMSD Program was developed to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups graduating with doctorates in the biomedical sciences. For more information, please click here.

GPIBS also offers a MS degree. The application deadline for the MS is July 1.

For additional information regarding admissions, please email or call 501-686-5454.


GPIBS Program Contact
Lee Ann Macmillan-Crow, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology/Toxicology
GPIBS Program Director
Phone: 501-686-5289