MS and PhD Programs

At any time, more than 150 students are enrolled in exceptional graduate degree granting programs at the College of Medicine – Tucson. Learn more about these programs and the opportunities they offer to students and graduates in fields including: Biomedical Engineering, Cancer Biology, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Cognitive Science Genetics, Immunobiology, Medical Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Physiological Sciences. For more information about several of the programs below, visit the websites of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs and the Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program.

MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering integrates the engineering sciences with biology and medicine. The field has seen a dramatic escalation in activity over the past 20 years, leading to the development of a wide variety of medical devices, medical procedures, and a basic understanding of biological processes.

Featuring an interdisciplinary faculty body including instructors from the Colleges of Medicine, Engineering and Mines, Agriculture, and Science, the Biomedical Engineering program provides the foundation for a career in the field.

PhD in Cancer Biology
Students in this program may choose areas of special concentration such as biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, pharmacology or microbiology.

MS in Cellular and Molecular Medicine
The M.S. in Cellular and Molecular Medicine emphasizes training in basic and translational clinical research. Students can also pursue a graduate certificate in Biomedical Sciences from the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine.

PhD in Molecular Medicine
The Molecular Medicine Ph.D. program is an interdepartmental, multidisciplinary training program that fosters the development of scientists and educators who are prepared for lifelong participation in research and other intellectual pursuits. With an emphasis on bridging basic and translational science, Molecular Medicine trainees receive advanced training in the theory and practice of biomedical science. There are opportunities to investigate human health and disease ranging from biophysical studies at the atomic level, to modeling critical cellular process in tractable systems, to clinical research. The exposure and skills that our trainees acquire prepare them for careers in biomedical research (including academia and the biotechnology industry), science education, journalism, and public policy.

The M.S. program in Clinical Translational Sciences offers training in translational research to post-baccalaureate students, as well as to clinicians seeking a research degree. Students work with any faculty in the UA Health Sciences colleges, and each student completes an original research project in their area of interest for the master’s thesis. Students learn biostatistics, research ethics and professional skills in addition to taking individually selected courses relevant to their research.


The Clinical Translational Sciences Ph.D. program provides students with in-depth training in translational research in the health sciences, as well as the skills needed for a career as a translational researcher. Students work with a faculty mentor from any of the UA Health Sciences colleges, conducting hands-on basic or translational research, including an original dissertation project. The program also trains students to recognize the connections between basic science and improvements in clinical care so they can focus their work on areas where translational science will provide practical benefits. CTS students can customize much of the coursework for the Ph.D. to best meet their individual needs. A Ph.D. in CTS qualifies the student to work in research positions in academia, industry or government.

PhD in Cognitive Science
Cognitive Science is the interdisciplinary study of the mind. Typical research areas of cognitive science include judgment and decision making, language comprehension and production, language acquisition, visual recognition of objects and events, goal directed movement in complex environments and consciousness.

PhD in Genetics
The Ph.D. program in Genetics focuses on traditional Genetics as well as the holistic and integrative discipline of Systems Biology.

MS in Medical Pharmacology
The MS in Medical Pharmacology program trains biomedical scientists with advanced technical expertise. The M.S. program provides rigorous scientific training and on-the-job experience.

PhD in Medical Pharmacology
The Ph.D. program in Medical Pharmacology prepares students for research careers in academia, industry, or government. Students experience medical research hands-on through participation in well-funded, multidisciplinary research programs. Graduates from the Ph.D. program possess advanced scientific knowledge in pharmacology.

PhD in Neuroscience
The Ph.D. program in Neuroscience is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools that they will need to embark on careers as educators and researchers. Students design individually-tailored programs that provide a thorough grounding in the field as a whole, while exploring chosen areas of specialization more deeply.

MS and PhD in Physiological Sciences
Students in the Physiological Sciences program work side-by-side with the faculty investigators from a wide range of disciplines, conducting innovative research on molecular, cellular, and organ-level processes.

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