The PSRN is often asked about what opportunities are available for training in the post-baccalaureate space. If you're interested in pursuing research but feel you may wish to gain additional laboratory or classroom training before entering graduate school, a post-baccalaureate program may be for you. Several formal programs exist, but additional training can also be gained through on-the-job training in a research lab. 

How to use this page

Please use the comments section on this page to share information about programs you have heard about or maintain. We would also like to learn more about your personal experiences in a post-bac program. 

What is a post-bac program? 

A post-bac or post-baccalaureate program is a formal program a student may enroll in after they complete a bachelor's degree. The program may include coursework and other formal preparation for a master's or PhD program. Other programs may exclusively focus on laboratory experience. The goal of these programs is usually to prepare a student to apply and succeed in a graduate program. 

Learn more: The Postbac: One or Two Years that Makes Careers

Information about specific programs 

Please note, the information listed below includes a handful of programs and is not complete. Please help us grow this list by leaving a comment, below! 

NIH-funded PREP (Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program R25)

Fisk-Vanderbilt Master's to PhD Bridge Program 


University of Washington PREP

Oregon State Food Science & Technology

Program coordinators

We encourage program coordinators to post information directly on Plantae pertaining to your individual program; information listed below will be updated accordingly. Please contact Natalie Henkhaus ( to share or update the information posted within the PSRN network.