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Prospective students interested in pursuing a PhD Specialization in Immunology at UC San Diego can apply to one of the two umbrella programs currently open on campus. These programs are housed in the Division of Biological Sciences and the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (sponsored by UC San Diego Health Sciences). Immunology students enrolled under the Division of Biological Sciences Graduate Program will follow the Cell, Molecular, Genetics track (Primary Track), while students enrolled under the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program will follow the Immunology Training Area.

Admitted students will have satisfied the requirements for admission specified for the BMS or BS programs depending on the target of their application. As such, we expect students commencing graduate studies in immunology will have completed an undergraduate degree in any field related to biology, chemistry or engineering that also includes basic molecular and cell biology courses. For matriculation in the Specialization, students should have taken the equivalent of at least one undergraduate course in immunology. Those otherwise qualified students who have not taken an undergraduate course in immunology can fulfill this requirement by taking the week-long American Association of Immunologists Introductory Course in Immunology, presently held during the summer at the UCLA campus. Students can also fulfill this requirement by taking an upper-division summer course in immunology at any accredited college or university. The program administrator will work with admitted students to make sure they fulfill this requirement.

Fall 2022 applications will open and are due Fall 2021. Specific application availability, deadlines, and requirements can be found on the following application sites: