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Graduate Programs

The University of Utah’s graduate programs prepare students for the rigorous demands of academia, industry, and beyond. Neuroscience-focused students may apply to the Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience, or directly to specialized programs of interest. The MD/PhD and U of U Med Into Grad (U2M2G) programs offer training in translational research, promoting development of in-demand scientific programs with a quantifiable impact on human health. Graduate and undergraduate students performing neuroscience research are invited to participate in the Neuroscience Initiative through our events and outreach. Student participation is particularly encouraged in the SfN Intermountain Chapter.


Bioengineering graduate students can pursue research and educational opportunities in bioinstrumentation, medical imaging, biomaterials, biomechanics, neural interfaces, computational bioengineering and other specialty areas.

Biological Chemistry

The Biological Chemistry Program is a graduate program consisting of three independent research tracks - Biochemistry, Chemical Biology/Medicinal Chemistry, and Structural Biology/Biophysics - enabling students to tailor their education.

Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology emphasizes application of behavioral sciences to educational and psychological processes, offering doctoral degrees in: Counseling Psychology, School Psychology,Learning and Cognition, and Reading & Literacy.

Molecular Biology

The Molecular Biology program offers interdisciplinary training in Biochemistry/Structural Biology, Cancer/Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Gene Expression, Genetics, Microbiology/Immunology, and Neurobiology.

Molecular, Cellular, and Evolutionary Biology (MCEB)

The MCEB program focuses on how complex biological systems emerge from molecules, cells and genes, emphasizing Biochemistry/Structural Biology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Genomics, Microbial Biology, Neurobiology, and Plant Biology.


With 74 faculty from 19 departments, the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Neuroscience is designed to provide predoctoral students with a broad-based training in neuroscience disciplines.

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Pharmacology and Toxicology emphasizes development of scientific investigators with an interdisciplinary background in modern biomedical sciences, and training in approaches to pharmacology and toxicology.


Psychology offers a collaborative training environment in one of four concentrations: Clinical Psychology, Cognition and Neural Science, Developmental Psychology, or Social Psychology.

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U of U Med into Grad Program (U2M2G)

With HHMI support, U2M2G offers a core curriculum of human biology, pathophysiology and molecular medicine to all interested PhD students matriculating in the Programs in Bioengineering, Biological Chemistry, Molecular Biology, or Neuroscience.

MD/PhD Training Program

The MD/PhD Training Program is designed to provide an outstanding education for students who want to develop skills that will prepare them for a career as a physcian-scientist.

Last Updated: 9/27/17