Effective July 1, 2012, the Jefferson College of Graduate Studies (JCGS) of Thomas Jefferson University has been re-named the Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (JGSBS), in order to better reflect the school’s education and training mission.
In 1949, 125 years after the founding of Jefferson Medical College in 1824, training towards M.S. and PhD degrees in the biomedical sciences at Jefferson was first formalized when the “Board for the Regulation of Graduate Studies” was formed among the college’s six basic science departments. Twenty years later, with the establishment of Thomas Jefferson University in 1969, Jefferson Medical College was joined by the Jefferson College of Allied Health (later the Jefferson College of Health Professions) and the Jefferson College of Graduate Studies, with the latter two respectively representing the undergraduate and graduate divisions of the university offering degrees other than the MD.
In 2005, the university’s bylaws were amended to permit both JCGS and JCHP to offer graduate degrees, providing a focus for JCGS on laboratory research-based, and for JCHP on practice-based, education and training. Today, Jefferson has further grown to comprise six schools and colleges, offering degree and certificate programs focused in the fields of medicine, health professions, nursing, pharmacy, population health, and biomedical sciences.
Today, the mission of the Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is to provide the highest quality graduate and postdoctoral education and research training in the biomedical sciences, in order to prepare our students and fellows to make significant contributions to the progress of biomedical science through careers in academia, industry and government. MS and PhD degree programs in the biomedical sciences are further complemented by opportunities for advanced study through graduate non-degree coursework and certificate programs, as well as an undergraduate Postbaccalaureate Pre-Professional Program.
The new name for the Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences provides enhanced visibility and recognition of our programmatic offerings in the biomedical sciences, through which our outstanding faculty are today training the scientific leaders of tomorrow. We welcome prospective applicants to learn more about our school and programs by exploring the JGSBS website at www.jefferson.edu/biomedical_sciences/.
Gerald B. Grunwald, PhD
Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Thomas Jefferson University