Penn State Hershey Graduate Education

Commencement – May 18 (click photo for more info)

The Graduate School at Penn State is one of the largest in the nation, with more than 10,000 graduate students enrolled at the University Park, Harrisburg, Erie, Great Valley, and Hershey campuses.

Additional professional degree programs are available through the Penn State World Campus.

Laboratory-based PhD programs available at the College of Medicine:

*These programs are no longer offered at the Hershey Campus.  Please visit the Biomedical Sciences Program website.

Non-laboratory-based PhD programs available at the College of Medicine:

Specialty masters degree programs available at the College of Medicine:

The Office of Graduate Student Affairs (GSA) at the Hershey campus is committed to enhance the quality of graduate education by working closely with individual students, student organizations, faculty, and the University. We are committed to ensure that all individuals are afforded the opportunity to achieve their full potential as scholars and professionals independent of ethnicity or gender. As of 2010, Penn State College of Medicine has awarded PhD, MD/PhD, MS or MPS degrees to 1014 scientists and other professionals. Current graduate enrollment rests at 241 students in residence in Hershey, and 202 students online.

We are pleased to announce the creation of a new integrated PhD program in Biomedical Sciences that will begin matriculating students in August 2011. This program draws over 130 graduate faculty members from over 20 basic sciences and clinical sciences departments. Thus, students in this program have access to an extensive range of research interests and experimental approaches.


This Web site has been prepared to acquaint prospective students with opportunities for graduate education and research at Penn State College of Medicine. It not only outlines course offerings and requirements set by the University and each graduate program, but also describes the facilities and surroundings of the College of Medicine. Detailed information is presented concerning the research interests and recent publications of the Graduate Faculty, as well as their specific graduate program affiliations.

We anticipate that you will share our enthusiasm for the outstanding opportunities in graduate education and research at Penn State College of Medicine. We invite you to submit an application to the graduate school for all programs at the College of Medicine. If you are interested in applying to more than one program at the College of Medicine, please indicate this in your application.