School of Medicine Saint Louis University

School of Medicine Saint Louis University

St. Louis, MO
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost Not Reported
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


The four Ph.D.-granting programs in the biomedical sciences at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine share a first-year core curriculum. All entering doctoral students apply to the core program. Upon acceptance students begin a year of multidisciplinary coursework and four formal laboratory rotations that will lead to the selection of a graduate adviser and entry into one of the four distinct Ph.D. programs: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology and Pharmacology and Physiology.

First-year courses focus on the basic biochemical, molecular, cellular and organismal aspects of the biomedical sciences, preparing students for more intensive, individualized instruction that will be unique to the discipline they choose to study in the following years. Their acceptance rate is 15-20% and their faculty to student ratio is 3:1. Instructors come from all four Ph.D. programs. Their charge is to introduce the most recent findings and the methodologies used to study major issues in their fields. Coursework includes didactic lectures, small-group problem-solving sessions, student presentations, and hands-on research experience.

Active seminar programs in all departments and programs provide broad exposure to the wide scope of biomedical research and introduce students to potential future employers or collaborators. Emphasis is on the preparation of technically skilled and thoughtful scientists for diverse careers in academia, industry, or government.

Loans and Benefits

Five years of funding is guaranteed upon admission including stipend (currently $30,000/year), free tuition and paid health insurance, as long as the student maintains a 3.0/4.0 GPA and is accepted into one of the active research laboratories (and the department) after year one. The current graduation rate of all admitted students is 85-90% and most students complete their dissertation in less than 6 years.

PowerPoint Slide Show describing the Core Graduate Program

Additional Options

One additional option for entry into the departmental dissertation programs is direct entry bypassing the Core Program. Applicants with advanced degrees and significant research experience may be considered for this program, however they must initially be admitted into the Core Program before being considered for direct entry into year 2 of their studies.

The School of Medicine also supports an active M.D./Ph.D. program providing full funding and tuition remission to admitted students. Students in this program enter into their dissertation studies between years 2 and 3 of the medical curriculum. Information is available on the School of Medicine webpage.


More information can be obtained by contacting:

Lindsay Oliver, Graduate Program Coordinator

Caroline Building, Room 207-A


Location & Contact

School of Medicine

Saint Louis University

One North Grand Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63103
United States

Dr. Philip Alderson

Dr. James Willmore

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (Research) (MS-R)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 155
    • 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? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees U.S. Medical Licensing Exam Steps 1 and 2
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


9% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 6,370
    • Accepted 596
    • Acceptance Rate 9
    • Enrolled 185
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 15th December 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesMCAT, photograph, and letter of recommendation, interview
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 525 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJune 1
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students698
    • Female Percentage43%
    • Male Percentage57%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students698
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino1%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian62%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian20%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races12%
    • Unknown or International Student2%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty609
    • Full-time Percentage95%
    • Part-time Percentage5%
    • Female Percentage33%
    • Male Percentage67%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchGeriatric medicine, organ transplantation, chronic disease prevention, cardiovascular disease, vaccine research
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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