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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Sciences (PhD)

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Admission Requirements:

  1. BS, MS or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university,
  2. GRE scores of at least 148 on quantitative reasoning and at least 150 on verbal reasoning
  3. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  4. Written statement of goals and objectives (the personal statement) that clearly identifies the applicant’s research and curriculum interests and explains how admission to the program will facilitate their professional objectives
  5. Current résumé and three letters of recommendation

All students will be expected to be sufficiently conversant in English and knowledgeable in the written word to convey clear, logical and complex written expressions.

Admission is selective and competitive, based on the number of well-qualified applicants and the limits of available faculty and facilities. Those who meet stated minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths. See Graduate Admissions for additional information.

Requirements for the Degree

The Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences requires a minimum of 44 credits including 9 credits of dissertation. The program is designed to be completed in 4 years. The required credits are specified in the student’s plan of study and normally include:

Required courses (43 credits)

*Seminar taken 8 semesters, including 4 semesters for 1 credit (MEDT 803 - Graduate Research Seminar (1cr.) ) and 4 semesters for 0 credit (MEDT 804 - Graduate Research Seminar (0cr.) ).


Students who have had substantially similar courses to one or more of those required prior to entering the Medical Sciences Program may substitute other appropriate courses with the approval of the advisor and the Program Committee.

Only those courses in the 600, 800, 900 levels will apply towards the doctoral degree. Independent study courses will be accepted based on approval of the advisor and the Department Chair. A maximum of 9 independent study credits may be included in the program of study.

Last Revised 2018-2019 Academic Year

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