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Graduate Education


PULSe (Purdue University Life Science Program) is a highly selective Ph.D. program designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in a life science discipline. PULSe students spend the first year of the program exploring research in various interdisciplinary areas before choosing a training group and major professor. The professor’s home department will be the discipline for your degree.

PULSe students receive paid tuition and an assistantship for the duration of their studies, given solid academic standing and lab performance. The entire first year of funding allows you to complete core requirements and participate in laboratory rotations. At the end of the first year, you will choose from one of these 12 training groups:

Financial support in subsequent years comes from training grants, research grants secured by your major professor, or research and/or teaching assistantships. Your degree will be granted by the home department of your major professor.

Application process

Submit your application for PULSe through the Graduate School. Your application will be considered by the PULSe Admissions Committee, which consists of representatives from all PULSe Training Groups. Please note that entry into PULSe is for the fall semester only. The deadline each year is December 1. Learn more at

Other graduate programs

In addition to the PULSe program, students can also choose from other life-sciences related master’s or Ph.D. level graduate programs at Purdue. Collectively, our Graduate School offers more than 40 areas of study related to the life sciences, providing a diversity of academic, research and professional development opportunities. Many of our faculty members have corporate and entrepreneurial experiences, enriching classroom and laboratory environments with real-world perspectives.

Interdisciplinary programs

Programs by College

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