Please note, we accept applications for the Fall term only.

Deadlines for applying are:

Domestic: December 15th/ Mar 15, 2024 (only if cohort hasn’t been filled)

International: Dec 15, 2023

Recommended for guaranteed review: Dec 1, 2023


You must apply via the UIC Graduate College’s on-line application process– enter Biomedical Sciences in the search bar.

When completing the application, under “Graduate and Professional Programs” chose “PHD BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES” from the drop down menu. The Program Code for GEMS is 20FS6047PHD.

Please indicate research areas that interest you, choose up to THREE categories from the following list:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cardiovascular Biology
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Genetics and Gene Regulation
  • Immunology
  • Informatics and Genomics
  • Lung Biology
  • Metabolism and Metabolic Disorders
  • Microbiology
  • Neurobiology and Neurodegeneration
  • Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Structural, Computational Biology, and Biophysics
  • Systems Physiology
  • Virology

(Optional) List up to FIVE UI College of Medicine faculty members whose research interests you. Faculty in the six Research Concentrations can be browsed via the following links: Cancer Biology, Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Integrative and Translational Physiology, Microbiology Immunity and Inflammation, Molecular and Structural Biology, and Neurobiology.

Completing The Application: Required Documents

Application (on-line application process)

Personal Statement of Purpose, Relevant Experience and Goals

The GRE is not required for the GEMS PhD program. If however, you would like to submit your scores the Institution Code for UIC is 1851. Not submitting scores will not be held against your application.

Request that the Educational Testing Service send TOEFL (if applicable) scores to the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Institution Code for TOEFL scores is 1851. You cannot self-report.

Transcripts: Applicants should not send official paper academic credentials by mail unless the department expressly requests that you send credentials directly to them. You must still upload an unofficial copy electronically to satisfy the institutional requirements.

Official, sealed academic credentials will be requested from applicants admitted to a degree-seeking program. The request for official paper academic credentials will be noted on the official admission letter from the Office of Admissions. Failure to submit official, sealed academic credentials will result in a registration hold after the 10th day of the admission term, but will only affect registration for the second term at UIC.

Three letters of recommendation are required by GEMS.

Application fee: domestic students: $70.00; foreign students: $70.00 + a mandatory, non-refundable $100 International Credential Evaluation Fee. With the web application you may choose to pay with a credit card at the time you submit your application on-line, otherwise send a check or money order to the University. If you defer payment you will need to send the fee to the University by check or money order.

GEMS mailing address:

Tim Sullivan
GEMS Director of Administration
c/o College of Medicine Dean’s Office (M/C 784)
1853 W. Polk Street
Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60612

E-mail contact: