Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies

Interdepartmental Biological Sciences Program - Doctorate


339 East Chicago Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Interdepartmental Biological Sciences Program - Doctorate

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Interdepartmental Biological Sciences (IBiS) Graduate Program of Northwestern University is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program covering all areas of biological sciences with more than 70 participating laboratories from the following 5 departments: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Physiology, Chemistry, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering of Northwestern University. The research of our faculty include cell, molecular, developmental, circadian, cancer, and structural biology, genetics, biochemistry, biophysics, neuroscience, hormone action, signal transduction, bioengineering, biotechnology, and nanoscience. The program distinguishes itself by providing truly interdisciplinary training for its students, starting with rotations during the first 3 quarters of the academic year. The IBiS curriculum includes dedicated graduate courses that provide rigorous academic training, a large assortment of special topics courses and electives, teaching assistantships, and career development workshops and programs, to prepare our students for their careers after the Ph.D. Funding is guaranteed throughout the student's graduate career assuming acceptable performance. Additional funding opportunities exist in the form of fellowships, training grants and travel grants. IBiS offers a competitive stipend ($27,000 2009-10), tuition remission, and health and dental insurance coverage through the University.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Students in master's degree programs may qualify for federal or private loans. Graduate students should direct their financial aid eligibility questions to the Chicago Office of Financial Aid at 312-503-8722.

Locale: Midsize City

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