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Requirements for completion of the M.S. and Ph.D. programs

PLEASE NOTE: THE IBS Program is no longer accepting students. Students interested in the IBS program should apply through the new Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences. The Clinical and Translational Sciences track listed below has not changed.   These pages were left for those students who were accepted into the IBS program before Fall 2016.

 

Requirements for completion of the M.S. program

Students in the MS program will take the common core curriculum and track specific electives determined by individual tracks within the IBS graduate program and the student’s Advisory Committee. A minimum of 36 semester credit hours and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.85 on all graduate courses are required. In addition, the Non-Thesis Option requires that students pass a comprehensive examination. The Thesis Option requires 30 semester credit hours of coursework plus a minimum of 6 credit hours of Research (IBSD 501V), the submission of a thesis and a successful thesis defense. It is expected that completion of these requirements will take from 2 to 2.5 years.

Requirements for completion of the Ph.D. program

Students in the PhD program will take the common core curriculum and track specific electives determined by individual tracks within the IBS graduate program and the student’s Advisory Committee. A minimum of 24 semester credit hours of formal didactic course work and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.85 on all graduate courses are required. Students must pass the PhD Candidacy Exam which is usually administered after two years of graduate study. Subsequently, PhD Candidates must complete a minimum of 18 semester credit hours of Doctoral Dissertation research (IBSD 700V). To complete the requirements of the PhD program candidates will conduct scholarly research under the guidance of their Advisor and Doctoral Advisory Committee, submit a written doctoral dissertation, and successfully defend the research in a public forum. It is expected that completion of these requirements will take from 4 to 5 years.