Building the Future.
Van Andel Institute Graduate School develops scientists to be tomorrow’s biomedical research leaders through an intense, problem-focused Ph.D. degree in molecular and cellular biology.
By combining rigorous coursework with extensive laboratory experience under the mentorship of VAI’s expert faculty, the Graduate School prepares students for productive careers in biomedical research and beyond.
The Graduate School’s Ph.D. program was designed to train students to think like scientists through a problem-based approach. After exploring this page, we hope you’ll apply to the Van Andel Institute Graduate School. If you have any questions, you can reach out to our admissions team via email at email@example.com or call us at (616) 234-5708.
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Faculty, Leadership & Staff
Led by Distinguished Scientists and Educators.
Meet the Van Andel Institute faculty and staff who mentor and support students from day one.
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Meet Our Students
Each cohort brings their unique experiences and strengths to the Graduate School.
VAI’s exceptional facilities are situated in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, a fast-growing mid-sized city with a vibrant and supportive community.
Van Andel Institute Graduate School Alumni Association
The Van Andel Institute Graduate School Alumni Association supports and connects our alumni and offers mentorship to current students.
Van Andel Institute Graduate School is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
This accreditation assures current and prospective students that the Graduate School meets Higher Learning Commission standards of higher education. To maintain accreditation, our programs are continuously reviewed to ensure institutional quality and integrity. The Graduate School was first accredited in 2013 and was reaffirmed in 2018.
For more information regarding our status or affiliations with the Higher Learning Commission, please visit www.hlcommission.org.
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- 5.4 yrs VAI Graduate School students’ average time to degree
- 100% First-Year Retention (2017-2021)
- 79% Cumulative Graduation Rate