The Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program is comprised of formal course work and original laboratory research, which is designed to allow attainment of a Ph.D. in 4-6 years. The University requires students seeking the Ph.D. degree to engage in a minimum of one term of full-time doctoral study which excludes any other employment except as approved by their departments. The Ph.D. degree work must include satisfactory performance in the Core Foundations of Biomedical Knowledge course and subsequent course work (see section F.1 of the student handbook) including a research dissertation. All work must be completed within a period of 10 years from the student’s initial registration; if the student has received credit for a master’s degree appropriate to the field of study, all requirements for the Ph.D. degree must be completed within eight years.
A minimum of 72 credits is required to obtain a Ph.D degree. Of these, 32 credits must come from MVM approved courses (both required and elective), not including lab rotations or dissertation research; a maximum of six total credits are required from the MVM research seminar (4 total credits), and the microbiology teaching assistantship (2 total credits). Student performance in these courses will be evaluated and graded using a satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) scale. For all other courses an A-F letter grading system will be employed. An "I" (incomplete) grade must be made up according to the stipulations of the faculty director of the course, Program Director, and University policy.
University policy dictates that all students have a cumulative QPA of at least 3.0 at graduation. The MVM program requires that students obtain a minimum grade of B in all graduate courses and maintain a minimum 3.0 QPA during their Ph.D. studies.
To read more about the current courses offered through the MVM program, please visit our Courses area.
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