Graduate Degrees

  • UNM offers graduate programs at several levels in the Biomedical Sciences:
  • MS and PhD in Biomedical Sciences
  • Certificates in University Science Teaching
  • Combined MD/PhD program
  • Certificate and master's programs in clinical and translational science for postdoctoral and MD learners

Graduate certificate programs are short, focused programs of study designed to give students advanced skills in a particular subject or area of specialization. They are generally one year in length, consist of 3-12 courses and range from 9-21 credits of advanced coursework. Credits earned can often be applied to a more advanced degree in a related field.

UNM allows students to be enrolled in a graduate certificate program and a master's or doctoral program simultaneously. Some credits from the graduate certificate may also count toward the graduate degree.

You may considered seeking a graduate certificate if you want to broaden you education by specializing in a particular field; if you need to acquire skills quickly to launch or advance your career; or if you want to enhance your current graduate training program with additional knowledge and skills. In these cases, the quickest - and often least expensive - course of student is a certificate.

  • Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)
  • Certificate in University Science Teaching (UST)

Biomedical Science, MS and PhD (BSGP)

The Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs are integrated departmental programs which provide students with a broad-based, one-year core curriculum followed by focused course work and thesis/dissertation research. Research is conducted in faculty laboratories in the various basic science departments in the School of Medicine. In addition to our School of Medicine faculty, the BSGP is complemented by affiliated faculty in the UNM College of Pharmacy, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute and Los Alamos National Laboratory who may direct graduate student research. To receive their degree, students fulfill the requirements of the BSGP in one of six Research Areas.

Biomedical Science, MS with Clinical Research Concentration (MSCR)

The MSCR is a multidisciplinary competency-based concentration, which uses adult learning principles as its foundation, and incorporates 12 domains of study. These domains were selected based on a "straw Man" process drawing on the domains of competency of successful clinical and translational researchers. The MSCR concentration has been developed to ensure that all learners have the opportunity to develop competency in these twelve domains. The concentration encompasses a 38-credit individualized learning experience with a 14-credit core curriculum (required) and 14-credits of electives, 4-credits of seminar, and a 6-credit thesis. Objectives are linked with formative and summative assessments to provide learners with sufficient feedback to gauge their progress in attaining the competencies.

Combined MD/Biomedical Science, PhD (MD/PhD)

The MD/PhD program is designed to provide comprehensive training in both clinical sciences and a basic biomedical science discipline. The intent of the program is to provide students with an integrated and cohesive training experience while obtaining the MD/PhD degree. Students participate in activities common to both programs while involved in the medical school curriculum or engaged in PhD dissertation research.

The Summer Internship Program (SIP)
SIP welcomes eligible high school, college, graduate, and professional students to spend eight to ten weeks conducting biomedical research with NIH investigators.

The Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) Program
The INRO program is for students with strong academic standing who are from populations underrepresented in biomedical research. Candidates who are a senior, medical school student, or doctoral candidate, and from a population underrepresented in the biomedical sciences are eligible. Student expenses for travel, hotel accommodations, and meals will be covered for this 4-day exploratory program.

The Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP)

The GPP provides graduate students with the opportunity to conduct all or part of their dissertation research in the resource-rich NIH environment. Students come to the NIH either as part of formal institutional partnerships or via individual agreements negotiated between their university mentor and an investigator at the NIH. In all cases, degrees are granted by the university partner.


Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science  (CCTS) Assessments:

Certificate in University Science Teaching (CUST) Assessments:

MD/PHD Assessments:

MS/PhD Assessments: