Biomedical Sciences (Doctorate)

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A Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Creighton University will prepare you for a rewarding career as a scientist, educator or health professional.

The doctoral program in biomedical sciences offered through Creighton’s School of Medicine is flexible and caters to your interests and career needs. You’ll find a multi-disciplinary approach in diverse areas of study, including:

  • Biochemistry and bio-organic chemistry
  • Bone biology
  • Cancer biology
  • Cell and developmental biology
  • Molecular biology and gene regulation
  • Neurobiology
  • Physiology

Research specialties of the faculty cover a wide range of structure and functional biology, including:

  • Design
  • Chemical synthesis
  • Theoretical and spectroscopic characterization of regulatory peptide analogs
  • The role of peptides in the regulations of gastrointestinal and cardiovascular functions
  • Regulation of bone cell differentiation and function
  • Cancer biology and signal transduction in carcinogenesis
  • Inflammation and asthma
  • Arteriosclerotic and restenotic diseases
  • The regulation of gene expression
  • The cellular and genetic basis for development of the brain and cardiovascular system
  • Comparative neuroanatomy
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neurodegenerative disorders
  • Signal transduction in hearing and hearing disorders
  • Respiratory mechanics and control

The Ph.D. in biomedical sciences signifies your independence as a scholar who can design and execute an investigation to address a scientific hypothesis and communicate your findings to peers and through scientific literature.

The doctoral program is geared toward integration of structure and function from cells to the organismal level. You will learn primarily through participation in research, and students are assigned to research laboratories early in their program. Didactic courses are selected from cores of foundation and advanced courses, as required, to meet your individual educational needs and to support your training in your selected area of research.

In the Jesuit, Catholic tradition of Creighton University, you will identify and suggest possible solutions to ethical dilemmas and understand the importance of professional ethics in all aspects of scientific communication and laboratory work.


The biomedical sciences programs at Creighton educate and train tomorrow’s scientists, educators and health professionals through scholarship and research that fosters creativity, discovery and community service.

Graduates are prepared for careers in academia or industry, as well as at institutes and other research entities. The program also strengthens students’ depth of knowledge for careers in health-related fields such as medicine and dentistry.

Graduates of Creighton’s PhD in biomedical sciences program are viewed as independent scholars who can design and execute scientific investigations and communicate their findings both to peers and through scientific literature.

What You'll Learn

  • Advanced knowledge in molecular and cellular biology as well as your specialization of study
  • How to conduct scientific research independently
  • How to use your knowledge in service to others
  • How to think creatively, independently and ethically
  • Valuable skills for a variety of scientific and health-related fields
  • Critical judgment, scholarly initiative and disciplined inquiry


Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor of Science degree, earning a minimum GPA of 3.0 in courses in biological, chemical or physical science, and attained GRE scores at or above the 50th percentile. An application should include:

  • Completed application and nonrefundable $50 application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation: (please use the online application). The recommendations should be completed and submitted by persons other than family members who are qualified to assess an applicant's performance in an academic or work setting.
  • Statement of purpose
  • Official transcripts: from all colleges/universities attended
  • Official GRE scores: Scores above the 50th percentile are required.
  • International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements
  • International applicants who are formally admitted must complete and submit a Certification of Available Finances Form through the Global Engagement Office

Tuition & Scholarships

All students in the PhD program receive tuition remission. Additionally, PhD students are offered yearly stipends for 3-4 years, depending on whether the student enters the program with a master’s or bachelor’s degree. Occasionally stipends are offered to MS students at the discretion of the faculty.

For details, see the biomedical sciences graduate handbook. See also required information for consumers.


Important Dates & Deadlines

Program Start Date

Application Deadline
February 1

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