Work toward your master’s and your Ph.D. at the same time.

Designed for students from underrepresented communities, our Bridge Program offers a tuition waiver and stipend, individualized mentorship, and advanced laboratory training.

Why Choose the Bridge Program? 

The Bridge Program is ideal for students who are passionate about research but want to strengthen their research skills before starting a doctoral program. As a Bridge Program participant, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with research groups, participate in faculty-led research and maybe even serve as a teaching assistant.

You’ll also receive a full tuition waiver and an annual stipend to cover personal expenses for up to two years. (Master’s program requirements can be fulfilled within two years of full-time study.) And you can transfer up to nine master’s course units toward your doctoral program.


The Bridge Program is intended for full-time students who want to pursue a doctoral degree but require additional mentorship and hands-on laboratory training to excel in a rigorous doctoral program. To be considered for this program, you must identify as both:

  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and
  • A first-generation college student from a low-income family, and/or a student committed to the school’s goal of an inclusive student body.

How to Apply

There is no separate application for the Bridge Program. Eligible Ph.D. applicants who have been admitted will be contacted with more information on how to apply to this program.

For details about the Ph.D. application process, see How to Apply