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About PREP

The MU Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) provides opportunities for members of groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences who hold a bachelor's degree to obtain individualized professional development and academic/ professional preparation before entering a PhD program. MU PREP is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

Welcome to MU Prep


We are now accepting applications for entry in Summer 2022.

Outcomes (as of 11/21)

80% of MU PREP Scholars enrolled in a PhD program. 92% Enrolled in either a graduate or professional degree program [PhD, MD/DO, DDS, MS, MPH] after MU PREP

In the past 5 years, MU PREP Scholars enrolled in PhD programs at Chicago, Cornell, Florida, George Washington, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rochester, UCLA, University of Texas-San Antonio, Wisconsin

91% of MU PREP Scholars who enrolled in a Ph.D. program were supported by a competitive Fel-lowship or Traineeship

93% of those enrolled in a PhD program earned their PhD degree. This is well above the 54% national PhD completion average for URM candidates and 63% national PhD completion average for all candidates.

5.6 years is the average time for MU PREP Scholars to complete their PhD. This is better than the national average of 6.9 years for all PhD candidates and 7.8 years average for URM PhD candidates