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. Below is the admissions timeline:

September 1 Application available online for the following fall semester
January 1*All applications are due. The IBS admissions committee will begin reviewing materials by December, and earlier applications will be given priority.   
February-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 on-line application form for the Graduate School may be accessed here. When applying via the Graduate School Online Application, make sure to select Integrated Biomedical Sciences from the dropdown menu. Required documents in addition to the application include:

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. 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.
  • 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 (if applicable).

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.

Check back for more information on Open Houses coming this fall.

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