Biomedical Sciences (Doctorate)

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Make your mark on the world with a Doctorate degree in Biomedical Sciences.

Creighton University’s Doctorate in Biomedical Sciences program will prepare you for a rewarding career as a scientist, educator, administrator or consultant. This degree can also enhance the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals.

In this program, you’ll learn to analyze problems and develop the means to solve them—by conducting research, interpreting data, drawing conclusions and determining the best way to move forward.

You’ll spend the majority of your time in the lab, completing an in-depth research project and become an expert at communicating your findings—you’ll present and defend your research in a doctoral dissertation.

Join a growing field of biomedical research scientists.

Biomedical science is a growing field, and research scientists are in high demand—job opportunities for biomedical scientists are expected to grow 13 percent over the next decade. A graduate education is non-negotiable for advancement in the field—62 percent of biomedical scientists have a doctoral or professional degree. The national median annual salary for a biomedical scientist is $80,828.

Source: Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) — January 2018

Surround yourself with research experts and cutting-edge resources.

Students in Creighton’s biomedical sciences doctorate program have access to expert faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities, including our Integrated Biomedical Imaging Facility. You will work with program faculty to create an individualized degree path based on your interests and goals. Possible areas of study include:

  • Cancer biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Auditory research
  • Biochemistry and chemical biology
  • Cell and developmental biology
  • Molecular biology and gene regulation
  • Physiology


Creighton’s Doctorate in Biomedical Sciences requires 90 credit hours and can be completed in 4-5 years. You will work with an advisor and advisory committee to formulate an individualized plan of study that suits your interests and goals.

Required courses:

  • Fundamentals of Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (Ethics)
  • Research Methods
  • Research Writing
  • Introduction to Biostatistics for the Biomedical Sciences

Available electives:

  • Fundamentals of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Pathology
  • Fundamentals of Hearing
  • Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Human Physiology
  • Human Gross Anatomy
  • Human Neuroanatomy
  • Microscopic Anatomy
  • Clinical Embryology
  • Advanced Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Advanced Topics in Molecular Structure/Function
  • Advanced Topics in Neuroscience
  • Advanced Topics in Morphology and Anatomy
  • Advanced Topics in Physiology
  • Approved courses from other basic science departments

Ongoing courses:

  • Seminar (every semester)
  • Journal Club (every semester)
  • Directed Independent Research (3-6 credits per semester; maximum of 45 credits total)

Degree Completion course:

  • Doctoral Dissertation*

*Doctoral candidates must present and defend a dissertation to complete the program.

Goals of the program as well as detailed descriptions of all courses can be found in the course catalog


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Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Personal statement. See application for specific requirements
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. Use school code 6121 for this program

A personal statement may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

International Applicants

Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition Remission
All students in Creighton’s Doctorate in Biomedical Sciences program receive tuition remission. Students are also offered yearly stipends for 3-4 years, depending on whether the student enters the program with a master’s or bachelor’s degree.

For questions about financial aid, contact: gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu or call 402.280.2731


Important Dates & Deadlines

Program Start Date

Application Deadline
February 1

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