Program in Biomedical Sciences

PIBS offers a gateway to 14 PhD programs, designed to provide students maximum flexibility during the first year of graduate studies. Our team of support staff, program directors and academic advisors will help you pursue a career path of your choosing.

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Flexible Pathways

As an interdisciplinary gateway, PIBS gives you access to 14 graduate programs through one application. Students rotate in labs of their choice throughout the first year to discover an ideal mentor and project match. For some, this exploration even leads to a completely different research area than originally planned!

PhD Admissions Overview
PIBS Curriculum

Explore the courses that provide you with an invaluable base to begin building a successful career.

Stipend & Benefits

Learn about how graduate students are supported financially throughout the duration of their studies.


Discover the abundance of research resources available at our top-ranked academic medical school.

Professional Development

Find out how the Career & Professional Development team supports you throughout your academic journey.

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PIBS gives you access to 14 PhD programs through one application.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Learners in our program have an intersectionality of many identities, perspectives and experiences. We embrace the diversity within our community and are committed to continuously enriching a more diverse, equitable and inclusive legacy. Read the University’s 2024 statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

OGPS is the support office for all doctoral, masters and post-baccalaureate students, as well as the U-M Medical School postdoctoral fellows.