Thank you for your interest in the Immunology Program! For admission into our program, students must apply to the Biomedical Science Program (BSP). The BSP acts as a common portal by which students are admitted directly into one of nine subprograms, including Immunology, at the University of Iowa. Although students track directly into courses and research rotations during their first year based upon the subprogram selected on their admissions application, students have the opportunity to perform research rotations in other subprograms should they choose. Although rare, students have the option of changing subprograms, if their interests turn out to match better with a different subprogram. Students are fully supported during their graduate PhD training, which normally takes about 5 years.

Successful completion of our program culminates with a PhD, Biomedical Science (Immunology).

If you are interested in applying to the Immunology Program, please click the “Apply” button for detailed PhD Admissions information.

Applicants to the BSP's eight subprograms will have their application fee reimbursed by the CCOM Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies if they receive an interview invitation and complete the interview. In addition, applicants may be eligible for a Graduate Application Fee Waiver based upon program participation or financial hardship.


  • Ranked 26th in the nation among public medical schools in Primary Care and 38th in Research by 2019-2020 U.S. News & World Report.
  • Overall, the research enterprise received $214 million in external funding for FY2017.
  • Two Biomedical Science Program faculty are Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators.
  • Twelve Biomedical Science Program faculty are members of the Institute of Medicine.
  • Two faculty are members of the National Academy of Sciences.
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