Joe Cirilo, a student in the Biomedical Sciences PhD program, is seen at work in a College of Medicine lab in June 2020.

Biomedical Sciences PhD

Biomedical Sciences PhD Tuition & Financial Support

Students admitted to the Biomedical Sciences PhD program receive a financial assistance package that includes a stipend and tuition. For the 2021-22 academic year, the stipend is $31,302.

A number of first-year supplemental awards and fellowships are also available on a competitive basis.

The program pays the stipend and tuition for the first 18 months. Subsequently, the adviser for the dissertation research is responsible for the stipend and tuition. To ensure that students will be able to complete their dissertation research in this laboratory, the departmental chair guarantees this support.

Non-Tuition Costs

Medical insurance is required for all students, with the University paying 80 percent of the cost of medical, dental and vision coverage. See details about student health insurance.

Penn State University dissertation and other fees also apply. See details on the University's graduate school tuition and fees.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the costs of the Biomedical Sciences PhD program, please contact Kristin Smith, Director of Graduate Admissions, at 717-531-1045 or