Biological Sciences: PhD

Graduate Program in Biological Sciences

Fall: Dec. 1
Doctor of Philosophy
2 years minimum

Program Handbook

The Department of Biological Sciences is the focal point for research in the life sciences at the University of Notre Dame. The doctoral program in biological sciences encompasses the broad scope of biological inquiry with several areas of study in the biomedical sciences, global health, and ecology, evolution & the environment (EEE). This uncommon level of wide-ranging yet integrative biological inquiry provides an extraordinary environment for learning, innovation and collaboration.

The program provides a wide choice of faculty advisers, many of who lead their disciplines by serving as officers of professional societies, on journal editorial boards, study sections, scientific advisory boards and as consultants for various organizations. This vibrant research community continues to expand its faculty, both within the department and with associated faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine at South Bend adjacent to the Notre Dame campus, and other departments at Notre Dame.

Updated: 08/31/2023

Application Materials:
  • GRE General Test optional
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo for non-native speakers of English
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution; one must show conferral of a bachelor's degree. (Due upon enrollment)
  • Statement of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary institution required at the time of application. (Official transcript showing conferral of a bachelor's degree due upon enrollment.)

Rebecca Wingert
Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: (574) 631-0907