Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs
College of Medicine

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Admissions Information
Ph.D. Master's International Students

First Year Fall Semester
Foundations in Biomedical Sciences
6 hrs
Experimental Design Methods & Analysis
3 hrs
Responsible Conduct in Research
1 hr
Success Skills in Biomedical Sciences                                                            
1 hr
Laboratory Rotations (three 5-week rotations)
1-3 hrs
(Most students select a permanent mentor at the end of the Fall semester)
All Subsequent Semesters (including Summers) 12 credits
Relevant course work to research project
(as determined by mentor and student)
Directed Research
The First Year of Study
Within the first year of study, a student selects a major professor and formal dissertation committee is appointed. The dissertation committee assists the student in planning the research and course of study, evaluates the student’s progress, supervises the comprehensive examinations, and conducts the final dissertation defense.
The Second Year of Study
By the end of the second year, a student has usually completed sufficient course work and has met the other research requirements to take the Comprehensive Qualifying Examination. Successful completion of this examination leads to formal candidacy for Ph.D. admission.
Doctoral Degree Completion
The final phase of the program emphasizes research and independent study, which leads to a written dissertation. The Ph.D. degree is awarded upon successful completion and oral defense of the dissertation.  Most students complete the entire degree within 4 to 6 years.



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