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Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences

Welcome to the Kent State University School of Biomedical Sciences Website, where you can learn about our world-class faculty and the outstanding research facilities that are available to students, providing a unique and exciting environment that supports interdisciplinary graduate training and research in areas of science related to medicine. Here, you can earn your Ph.D. and gain valuable research experience at Kent State University and our partner institutions, including the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute!

The School of Biomedical Sciences was founded in 1987 to provide graduate training in five biomedical science disciplines: Biological AnthropologyCellular and Molecular BiologyNeurosciencesPharmacology and Physiology.  

The scientists making up the School's graduate faculty are drawn primarily from various departments at Kent State University, the Northeast Ohio Medical University and the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. Applicants interested in applying to our program through the Lerner Research Institute should follow the link below for more details and contact information.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

We are also excited to announce the establishment of Kent State University's new Brain Health Research Institute (BHRI).   The BHRI is committed to improving our understanding of brain function in health, disease and repair. The mission includes the development of new approaches aimed at understanding an array of neurological disorders by identifying genetic, environmental and behavioral influences that impact brain health across the lifespan.

Financial assistance is available and the school offers competitive stipends, tuition remission and subsidized health insurance.

Applications for Fall 2018 are now closed.  No new applications will be accepted.

Applications for Fall 2019 are due by:

  • Jan. 1 - Domestic applicants
  • Dec. 15 - International applicants
  • No applications are accepted to begin in the spring or summer semesters


Biomedical Sciences



Niche Graduate Programs Coupled With a Rising College Town

The school's uniqueness in the State of Ohio is a compelling reason to apply, as are its outcomes. The majority of students (about 95 percent) graduate with the Ph.D. degree. All program graduates since the inception of the program are employed in research and/or academic positions related to their field of training.

A biomedical student examines a brain

Graduate Programs & Faculty

The School of Biomedical Sciences has a highly talented graduate faculty committed to excellence in research and teaching. The 135 faculty have primary appointments at Kent State University, Northeast Ohio Medical University, The Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic, The University of Akron, Youngstown State University, Akron General Medical Center and Summa Health System. Faculty research focuses on most aspects of biomedicine ranging from molecular, to cellular and organismal levels of biological organization.

Research at Kent State's biomedical program


Interdisciplinary collaborations among the science departments has produced a set of outstanding and modern core research facilities available to faculty and students on the Kent State campus.