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Student Achievement

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences’ processes and outcomes are aimed at learning that supports students’ development as innovative scientists. The information in this website is intended to help prospective students and others evaluate the Program’s educational goals and the student outcomes of the education we provide. We encourage prospective students to use this information to seek the right environment to pursue their educational and scientific goals.

Graduate Program Mission and Vision

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Program Mission

The mission of Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is: Educating students to become the innovative biomedical scientists of the future. 

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Program Vision

With state-of-the-art technology, an entrepreneurial mindset and a highly personalized program, SBP is dedicated to educating the next generation of outstanding biomedical scientists who will drive future cutting-edge translational research. 

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A student graduating from SBP Graduate School will demonstrate:

  • Strong foundational knowledge
  • High quality biomedical research
  • Innovative critical thinking and experimental design
  • Clear written communication in standard academic genres such as grant proposals, poster presentations, and scientific articles
  • Excellent oral communication skills
PLOsOur Course Learning Outcomes are incorporated into all courses and tutorials. Students are asked to assess their mastery of the course learning outcomes through the course evaluation system.

Evidence of Student Learning

Evidence of achievement of student learning outcomes is collected in every course through the use of assignments. The assignment for a particular course is designed to measure student learning for one or more of the Program Learning Outcomes associated with the course. Examples of assignments include research papers, presentations, quizzes and exams. Student scores on the assignments are collected and reviewed to determine how well students are achieving the Program Learning Outcomes.

Student Survey Results

We frequently survey students to gain a better understanding of the degree to which specific learning and teaching objectives are being met. The results provide insight into strengths and challenges and allow us to enhance out educational process.

Retention and Graduation Data

Retention rates measure the percentage of first time entering students who are seeking a graduate degree who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall. Graduation rate tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time Ph.D. seeking students to see if they complete a degree within 150% of 'normal time' for completing the program.
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GSBS’s Institutional Research (IR) Office is responsible for Program-wide activities and initiatives based on the collection and reporting of Program data both in response to requests from internal departments and external organizations and to enhance institutional effectiveness.
  • Collection, management, integration and reporting of data to inform decision-making and resource allocation to support student success
  • Support of the institute and GSBS missions and strategic initiatives
  • Our audience includes prospective and current students, the institute faculty and staff, the public, WASC, and state/federal agencies


Office Contact

  Mary Bradley
  Manager, Graduate Program Administration
  Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
  10901 North Torrey Pines Road
  La Jolla, CA 92037

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