Pathway to Graduate Study Program

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Program Director: Brian Lewis

For students seeking a career in biomedical research, the Pathway to Graduate Study Program (PGSP) in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) offers an outstanding opportunity to enhance student academic preparedness and laboratory-based or clinical research experience. The result is a graduate who is competitive for admission into top-tier graduate programs. 

Admitted students take a core curriculum of graduate courses and a simultaneous year-long, mentored, research experience. This allows students to focus on developing their research skills and acquiring the foundational academic knowledge that is necessary to undertake leading-edge biomedical research. Successful students are assured admission into PhD programs of the GSBS at UMMS for the following fall semester. 

The PGSP prepares students with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the Physical or Life Sciences (if interested in Basic Biomedical Science study) or a Masters degree in Public Health or related social science degree (if interested in Clinical and Population Health Research) for doctoral study in the biomedical sciences. PGSP students interested in the Basic & Biomedical Sciences undertake a yearlong mentored research project while studying foundational principles in Molecular Biophysics, Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology. PGSP students interested in Clinical & Population Health Research undertake a yearlong mentored research project while studying foundational principles in determinants of health and epidemiologic research methods. 

At year’s end the PGSP graduate is competitive for admission into Graduate School and, having completed some of the first year curriculum requirements, may enter an accelerated program of study in the UMMS GSBS. 

An important goal of the PGSP is to increase the diversity of the biomedical sciences graduate student population. Therefore, applications are strongly encouraged from students belonging to groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, including racial minorities, students with disabilities, and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.