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Graduate College Rush University

  • Chicago, IL
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 70%30%
    student ratio
  • 1,212
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


Private University Integrated Within a Large Medical Center

Rush University -- named for Benjamin Rush, a physician and a signer of the Declaration of Independence -- is a small, private university integrated within Rush University Medical Center, a 664-bed hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1972, Rush University includes Rush Medical College, College of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, and the Graduate College.

Top Rankings for Rush University Graduate School and Hospital

The university is a top-ranked institution with an exclusive focus on the health sciences. Its graduate programs have been consistently ranked among "America's Best Graduate Schools" by "U.S. News and World Report." Rush University Medical Center has also received top national rankings by "U.S. News and World Report."

Advanced Degrees in 12 Areas of Health Sciences

The Graduate College provides master's and doctoral degrees in 12 areas of health science. These programs draws faculty members from the other colleges of Rush University and provide translational research (translating bench research to the clinic), a nurturing academic environment, and an emphasis on community and global health.

A Rigorous, Interdisciplinary Graduate Curriculum

The Graduate College curriculum provides a common knowledge base, which both encourages interaction among students of various disciplines and supports their specialized research activities. This approach also creates a larger sense of community for the smaller programs.

This common foundation includes introductory training in molecular genetics, genomics and protein biology, cell biology, tissue biology and cell signaling, and an overview of physiology and pharmacology. In addition, students take courses in ethics, scientific writing, and basic statistics, and learn basic theories underlying modern scientific technique.

Advanced Degrees in Basic Sciences

Rush University Graduate College offers master's and doctoral degrees in the basic sciences, including anatomy and cell biology, biochemistry, biomechanics, immunology and microbiology, medical physics, and pharmacology.

The biochemistry degree provides students with clinical research experience in basic and applied biochemistry at the molecular and cellular levels. Research in biomechanics focuses on improving the design and function of cost-effective orthopedic medical devices.

The graduate program in immunology and microbiology furnishes students with hands-on training for scientific investigation. The program in medical physics, with a master's degree program in radiological sciences, is designed for medical residents accepted to "Radiation Oncology" or "Diagnostic Radiology" residency programs at Rush.

Graduate students in the pharmacology program develop research skills related to new drug development and understanding of effects of new drugs on disease management and prevention.

Doctoral degrees only are offered in neurology and molecular biophysics and physiology.

The doctoral program in molecular biophysics and physiology focuses on quantitative aspects of biophysics and modern physiology. A departmental specialty is research concerning the functions of cell membranes and ion channels. The academic focus of the neuroscience program is the understanding and treatment of neurologic disease.

Advanced Degrees in Allied Health Areas

The Graduate College also offers advanced degrees in the following allied health areas: biotechnology, health sciences, nursing sciences, and clinical research.

The master's degree program in biotechnology provides students with a broad-based understanding of scientific principles and lab experience in modern research techniques with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) certification.

Rush University offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in health sciences with 10 specialization tracks linking biomedical sciences, research, and practice.

The Master of Science (M.S.) and Ph.D. in Nursing Sciences programs (B.S.N. or M.S. to Ph.D.) prepare students to become academic professionals and clinical researchers working toward the improvement of health care outcomes and policies.

The M.S. in Clinical Research degree program trains health care professionals to perform and evaluate clinical research. It provides the skills and techniques necessary for epidemiology, outcomes, and clinical pharmacology research. The program is geared to help researchers successfully submit applications for National Institutes of Health funding.

Distinguished Faculty Members With Wide-ranging Research Interests

Dr. Di Chen, professor and chairman of the biochemistry department, has research interests in a number of areas, including congenital, hereditary, and neonatal diseases and abnormalities; genetic processes; immune system diseases; and skin and connective tissue diseases.

Dr. Celeste Napier is Professor of Pharmacology and director of the Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction. Her research areas include biological sciences, mental disorders, nervous system diseases, and physiological processes.

Dr. John Somberg is the clinical research program director, as well as Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine. His research interests are in the areas of biological sciences, cardiovascular diseases, chemical and pharmacologic phenomena, circulatory and respiratory physiology, nervous system diseases, and physiological processes.

Full Scholarship Opportunities

The Graduate College offers a full tuition scholarship for students enrolled in doctoral programs in the basic sciences (anatomy and cell biology, biomechanics, biochemistry, immunology/microbiology, medical physics, molecular biophysics and physiology, neuroscience and pharmacology).

Extensive Campus Facilities in an Urban Setting

The main campus of Rush University/Rush University Medical Center consists of 22 buildings. It includes the 376-bed Tower hospital building, which opened in 2012, the largest new construction health care project in the world to be LEED Gold certified. The campus is located near downtown Chicago (often referred to as the Loop).

Location & Contact

Graduate College

Rush University

600 South Paulina
Chicago, IL 60612-3832
United States

Dr. Gabriella Cs-Szabo


Phone: 312-942-2255
Fax: 312-563-3377

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)
      Doctor of Medicine/Master of Science (MD/MS)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 147
    • Doctoral Degrees 34
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


69% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 217
    • Accepted 151
    • Acceptance Rate 69
    • Enrolled 105
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $40
    • Application Fee - International $40
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 215 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 1
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students1212
    • Female Percentage70%
    • Male Percentage30%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students1212
    • Part-time Percentage33%
    • Full-time Percentage67%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian69%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian21%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown1%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty116
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage24%
    • Male Percentage76%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchDegenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis HIV-1 infection, therapy of asthma, Alzheimer's disease, neuroimaging, Parkinson's disease
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$30,000



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