The current Bridges to the Doctorate is a CSM-supported program seeking to increase the diversity of the nation’s biomedical research workforce by providing URM students with high-quality graduate education at the masters level prior to transitions to doctoral studies. We create M.S.-to-Ph.D. bridges between Kennesaw State University and partner institutions (linked below): University of Georgia, Augusta University (Medical College of Georgia) and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

We are actively seeking B.S. graduates who are dedicated to getting biomedical Ph.D.s but need training and coursework at the M.S. level to be successful in doctoral studies. Many of our participants come from HBCUs, small colleges or other institutions not vigorously engaged in biomedical research. Others earned their B.S. degrees from major research universities but may need research experience or to fill a coursework gap before proceeding to Ph.D. studies. There's no one path to KSU nor to a doctoral program beyond!

With multiple externally funded faculty, a bevy of modern instrumentation and new research facilities, KSU's College of Science & Mathematic’s master’s programs in Integrative Biology and Chemical Sciences offer highly individualized, flexible and unique training and mentoring environments. Our doctoral partners are the flagship research institutions of the University System of Georgia and feature dozens of well-funded, high-impact doctoral programs ranging from basic biomedical science to biomedical engineering to clinical research. 

A network of active collaborative relationships among investigators at all institutions is leveraged to foster excellent graduate educations for URM students that feature cutting-edge training, high-quality mentoring and continuities of effort between M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Kennesaw State University is uniquely positioned scientifically, geographically, demographically and culturally to succeed in increasing the number of URM Ph.D. scientists. 88% of Peach State B2D graduates have been accepted into doctoral programs at Duke, Emory, Vanderbilt, Brandeis, Morehouse SOM, UGA and elsewhere. 

Doctoral Partner Programs