Basic Medical Sciences Graduate Program

Your path to an exciting academic or industrial career in biomedical science begins here with Purdue’s Department of Basic Medical Sciences. The Department of Basic Medical Sciences (BMS) combines the personal attention of a small department, with a unique breadth of training. BMS offers graduate study leading toward a master’s degree and a doctoral degree. The department also offers a combined degree/dual degree option for students in the DVM professional curriculum.

Because of its size, the BMS graduate program is ideal for students who wish to do their graduate work in a department that allows time and opportunity for individual attention and close student-advisor mentoring relationships.

Opportunities are available for combining teaching in the professional DVM curriculum with dissertation research. This combination of research and teaching experience helps create a highly employable graduate, especially for those who are considering careers in academia.

BMS has active research programs in the following areas:

  • Cancer biology
  • Musculoskeletal biomechanics and skeletal adaptation
  • Neural development, mechanisms of injury and regeneration
  • Tissue dynamic spectroscopy
  • Cellular and molecular screening and high throughput analysis of cell function
  • Osteoimmunology, gene and drug delivery
  • Genetics and Genomics

For more information about faculty research and laboratories, visit the Faculty Research Interest page.

Application Information

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Applications for graduate study are accepted from graduates of veterinary, medical, dental, and pharmacy schools, or from those having undergraduate training in biological, biochemical, and engineering sciences. A combined degree program is also available for students enrolled in the DVM or MD programs.

The department has no foreign language requirement, but individual advisors may implement such a requirement.

If you have questions about this program or need more information, please email us at

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, 625 Harrison Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, 765-494-7607

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