Applying for IBS

The Integrated Biomedical Sciences program follows a "rolling admissions" process, therefore, the earlier your application is complete the more likely you will be selected for an interview leading to admission. Following are suggested timelines:

September 1 Application available online for the following Fall semester
December 1Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  This date is a suggested target date in order to be considered for January interviews.
January 15

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  This date is a suggested target date in order to be considered for February interviews.  

January-MarchOn-campus interviews for selected candidates
April 15Deadline for candidates to accept offers to the graduate programs

*Applications recevied after this date may still be considered on a case by case basis depending on availability of positions.

Students may apply for entry into the IBS program in only the Fall semester. We do not offer admission to IBS in the Spring semester. Every applicant must possess:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited institution of higher learning.

For international applicants, a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL (maximum 667) and a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL (maximum 300) or a minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (maximum 120); all applicants must demonstrate proficiency in verbal and written English.

Required Documents

All applications must follow the requirements of the University of Kentucky Graduate School and must be submitted directly to the Graduate School. The online application form for the Graduate School may be accessed here. Three (3) letters of recommendation will be requested when you apply to the Graduate School. You will be asked to provide the names and contact information of three faculty members who are familiar with your undergraduate and graduate coursework, research, etc. Please note that applying to the Graduate School is required for official admission to the University of Kentucky.

In addition to the materials mentioned above, all applicants are required to submit:

  • A personal statement indicating research interest and goals for doctoral study and beyond.
  • A CV indicating any academic honors, publications, research experience, and relevant work experience (since graduation--for those who have previously graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree program).

Applications submitted after March 15th will not be considered.

Graduate School Online Application

Informational Sessions

The IBS program holds informational sessionsby appointment on campus or over the phone. If you are interested in speaking with someone to learn more about IBS, please contact us.

For more questions on prerequisites and admission requirements, please visit the IBS FAQ link.