This program leads to a singular Ph.D. degree or one that
is part of the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree. The first year
of study in the Ph.D. program generally takes place under
the common Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences umbrella
and includes core course work,
student seminars and laboratory rotations, which allow the
student to experience several research areas before choosing
an area of specialization. A faculty adviser must be selected
by the end of the first year of study, and the student then
matriculates into the adviser’s home department and
MBG Curriculum. Course
work during the second year of study and beyond focuses
on the area of specialization.
Admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. occurs after successful
completion of comprehensive written and oral examinations,
which are administered by the end of the second year. MBG
doctoral candidates conduct independent research projects
under the direction of their selected adviser. Progress
is evaluated annually by a graduate advisory committee.
It is expected that MBG students will present their work
at scientific meetings and publish their results in peer
reviewed scientific journals during the course of their
graduate studies. In addition, students are encouraged to
participate in the teaching activities of their selected
department. The Ph.D. is awarded when a final written dissertation
and oral examination are approved by the student’s
graduate advisory committee and all the requirements of
the School of Graduate Studies have been fulfilled.
This program is an intensive course of study, approximately
two years in length, leading to the M.S. degree. It is designed
primarily to prepare students for technical careers in biotechnology
in academic or industrial settings, or as preparation for
further graduate study. The M.S. degree in MBG requires
a total of 48 credit hours, with a minimum of 24 semester
credit hours in graduate level courses, exclusive of research
credits. The curriculum includes core and specialization
courses, including two 10-week laboratory rotations intended
to assist students in the selection of a faculty mentor.
The program of study must include three semesters of directed
research under the guidance of the faculty mentor, and culminates
in the presentation and defense of a master’s thesis.