School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Application Requirements

Selection of Students:
Students will be selected on a competitive basis

Graduate Students:
Because of the diverse nature of graduate student programs and the different processes of selecting advisors, the graduate student selection process at WSU is by necessity varied.  The university’s final acceptance of graduate students occurs entirely at the departmental level. Once accepted into a graduate program they must adhere to the requirements of their respective department and IMSD program. Preference is given to first and second year students where the IMSD program can have the greatest impact. Once a student is recruited, interviewed and accepted, the IMSD Program is committed to facilitating this student’s progress toward a Ph.D.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Are U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Are African American, Hispanic American, Native American or Native of Pacific Islands.
  • A full time student at Wayne State University in good standing.
  • Be admitted to a graduate program in biomedical or behavioral science at Wayne State University.
  • Recommended by a faculty member.
  • Direct application to the program.
  • Recommended by admissions officer.

Application Deadline: 

IMSD Program has no application deadlines for graduate students. Applications are accepted throughout the year and evaluated as slot/s become available. 

Undergraduate Students: 
Potential candidates for the IMSD Program will be identified at the pre-freshman level from the university admissions or enrollment data. Students who are committed to attending WSU, have a high school grade point average (GPA) 3.20, ACT scores of >21, projected major in one of the science areas, will be considered for the program and invited to attend our Pre - college Summer Program. Transfer students from other universities will also be considered for the program.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Are U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Are African American, Hispanic American, Native American or Native of Pacific Islands    
  • Must have attended and successfully completed IMSD Pre - college Summer Program at Wayne State University
  • Taken mathematics placement exam
  • Major in biology, chemistry, math, biochemistry, psychology or social work
  • Career goal of attending graduate or combined graduate/professional school
  • Strong commitment to succeed at Wayne State University and to uphold the goals of the IMSD Program
  • Willingness to take an additional 1 credit IMSD course “Introduction to Research Methods”

Application Deadline:

Undergraduate students are mostly accepted in to IMSD Program in the fall semester.


QuestionsFor more information please contact:

Dr. Rasheeda Zafar             
313-577-4199
rzafar@med.wayne.edu