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Biomedical Sciences (BMS)

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PROFESSOR RALPH KEIL, Chair, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program
The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Mail Code H133
500 University Dr. P.O. Box 850
Hershey, PA 17033
1-717-531-1045
1-717-531-0388 (FAX)
rkeil@psu.edu

Degrees conferred:

Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., M.S.
Dual-Title Ph.D. (Biomedical Sciences and Clinical and Translational Sciences)

 

The Graduate Faculty

 

The Program

The Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Program with its Options in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Cellular and Integrative Physiology, Translational Therapeutics, and Virology and Immunology provides students curricular training with a unique focus on human health and disease and the opportunity to concentrate in one or more disciplinary approaches including biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, genetics, immunology, pharmacology, physiology, structural biology, and virology.  Students receive rigorous training that provides the skills necessary to be leaders in biomedical research and other endeavors that benefit from a rigorous scientific background, including industry, education, intellectual property development, technology licensing, journalism, entrepreneurship, and public policy.

The BMS Graduate Program is an interdepartmental program that engages faculty from numerous basic science and clinical science departments. This broad-reaching Program provides students a wide-ranging understanding of multiple disciplines with specific expertise in a chosen area, and encourages interdisciplinary research that is the hallmark of biomedical sciences in the 21st century.

Ph.D. Admission Requirements

Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.

  1. Submission of online Penn State Graduate School application and payment of nonrefundable application fee
  1. Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) general test scores
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Statement of goals including a) reasons for applying to the BMS Graduate Program, b) previous research experiences, c) particular areas of research interests if known, and d) long-term career goals
  4. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended; Note that post-secondary course work should include biochemistry and molecular biology or genetics. 

M.D./Ph.D. Admission Requirements

Prospective students interested in simultaneously pursuing a M.D. and Ph.D. degree must apply to the College of Medicine M.D. program using the national American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application system and indicate their intent to pursue the joint-degree program. Applicants must also meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and the Ph.D. admission requirements listed above, however, GRE scores are not required. The M.D./Ph.D. Admissions Committee reviews applications and evaluates candidates for acceptance into both the M.D. and Ph.D. programs. After the review committee has accepted an applicant to the joint degree program, s/he must apply to the Graduate School for admission to the graduate program. Students must be admitted to the joint degree program prior to taking the first course they intend to count towards the graduate degree. Applicants not accepted into the joint-degree program may be referred to either the M.D. or Ph.D. program, depending on their qualifications.

Applicants to this program generally have very strong grades and MCAT scores, as well as a strong and sustained background in research. Applicants must be able to clearly articulate reasons for pursuing the joint degree. Letters of recommendation from faculty who have advised the applicant in research and who can comment on the applicant’s passion and potential for research are strongly encouraged.

Dual-Title Ph.D. Degree in Biomedical Sciences and Clinical and Translational Sciences Admission Requirements

Potential dual-title students can express an interest in the dual-title program as early as during the recruitment process for the BMS Graduate Program. Students must apply and be admitted to the graduate program in BMS and the Graduate School before they can apply for admission to the dual-title Ph.D. in Clinical and Translational Sciences (CTS). Refer to the Admission Requirements section of the Clinical and Translational Sciences Bulletin page. Students must apply and be admitted to the dual-title program in CTS prior to taking the candidacy exam.

Degree Requirements

Lisa Shantz, Ph.D., BMS Director
The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Hershey, PA 17033
lms17@psu.edu

Master's Degree Requirements
Although the BMS Graduate Program awards M.S. degrees, it does not actively recruit students to earn M.S. degrees.

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS section of the Graduate Bulletin.

To receive the M.S. degree in BMS, at least 32 credits from courses at the 400, 500, 600, and 800 level are required.

  1. Required BMS Core Courses (13 cr.): BMS 502 Cell and Systems Biology and BMS 503 Flow of Cellular Information (6 cr.), BMS 504 and BMS 505 Art of Scientific Communication I and II (2 cr.), BMS 590 Colloquium (2 cr.), BMS 591 Biomedical Research Ethics (1 cr.), and BMS 596 Individual Studies: Research Rotation (2 cr.).
  2. Required Program Courses (13 cr.): Colloquium or Journal Club fulfilled by taking 2 credits of any of the following: BCHEM 590 Colloquium, PSIO 501 Scientific Analysis and Presentation, PHARM 590 Colloquium, MICRO 590 Colloquium, MICRO 572 Virology Literature Reports, NEURO 590 Colloquium, or VIRIM 580 Critical Reading in Immunobiology, and at least 11 credits of elective courses at the 500 or 800 level, selected in consultation with the student's thesis adviser and thesis committee.
  3. Thesis Research (6 cr.): BMS 600 Thesis Research (6 cr.). No more than 6 credits of BMS 600 Thesis Research may be counted toward the 32 credit minimum. Students must complete original laboratory research that culminates in a thesis. The thesis must be accepted by the master’s committee, the chair of the graduate program, and the Graduate School.

Each candidate for the M.S. degree must fulfill written and spoken English communication requirements that are satisfied by preparing written and oral reports describing the laboratory rotations during the first year.

Doctoral Degree Requirements
Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS section of the Graduate Bulletin.

To receive the Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences, at least 29 credits from courses at the 400, 500, 600, and 800 level are required.

  1. Required BMS Core Courses (17 cr.): BMS 502 Cell and Systems Biology and BMS 503 Flow of Cellular Information (6 cr.); BMS 504 and 505 Art of Scientific Communication I and II (2 cr.), BMS 590 Colloquium (5 cr.), BMS 591 Biomedical Research Ethics (1 cr.), BMS 596 Individual Study: Research (2 cr.), BMS 801 Writing Grant Proposals for Biomedical Research (1 cr.).

 

  1. Required Program Courses (12 cr.): 2 credits of Colloquium or Journal Club fulfilled by taking any of the following: BCHEM 590 Colloquium, PSIO 501 Scientific Analysis and Presentation, PHARM 590 Colloquium, MICRO 590 Colloquium, MICRO 572 Virology Literature Reports, NEURO 590 Colloquium, or VIRIM 580 Critical Reading in Immunobiology, and at least 10 credits of elective courses at the 500 or 800 level, selected in consultation with the student's dissertation adviser and doctoral committee.

Each candidate for the Ph.D. degree must fulfill written and spoken English communication requirements that are satisfied by preparing written and oral reports describing the laboratory rotations during the first year.

The first-year Fall curriculum provides the student an understanding of basic cellular processes through a core curriculum that includes two integrated three-credit courses: Flow of Cellular Information and Cell and Systems Biology.  These courses develop concepts related to genome structure and function, regulation of gene expression, regulation of energy supply and demand, cellular and subcellular structures, cell-to-cell signaling, and the organization and function of cells in multicellular systems. The Fall curriculum also includes the one-credit Art of Scientific Communication I course that reinforces concepts developed in the integrated courses and aids students in the transition from textbooks to primary literature as a source of information.

The first-year Spring curriculum offers an opportunity to explore one or more curricular paths that lead to entry into one of the Options or to design an individualized curricular path within the BMS Graduate Program. The Spring curriculum also includes the one-credit Art of Scientific Communication II course that further develops the student's knowledge acquisition from the primary literature and assists improvement of presentation and writing skills necessary for subsequent journal clubs, literature-based courses, and scientific learning and discourse throughout their career.

In addition, students complete at least three research rotations during the first year that expose them to the wide range of research interests of the Penn State graduate faculty from both basic and clinical science departments at the College of Medicine in Hershey. These rotations serve to inform the students with regard to choosing a dissertation adviser and doctoral committee.

Curriculum in the second year is determined by the choice to participate in one of the Options, or an individualized curricular path designed by the student in consultation with the dissertation adviser and doctoral committee.

All doctoral students must pass a candidacy examination, a comprehensive examination, and a final oral examination (the dissertation defense). At the end of the first year, admission to Ph.D. candidacy is determined by performance in course work, laboratory rotations, and the BMS Graduate Program Candidacy Examination. Students join their research laboratory by the end of the summer of the first year.

Ph.D. candidates prepare a written comprehensive examination in the format of a grant application prior to the end of the fifth semester of enrollment. As part of this examination, the candidate also gives an oral presentation of this proposal to their doctoral committee.

To earn the Ph.D. degree, doctoral students must write a dissertation that is accepted by the doctoral committee, the chair of the graduate program, and the Graduate School. Students are required to have at least one first-author publication accepted or published based on their dissertation research prior to the final oral examination. A student may petition the Chair of the BMS Graduate Program to waive this requirement due to extenuating circumstances (e.g., adviser relocation, abnormal issues with publication process). All waivers must be approved by the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies of the College of Medicine.

Dual-Title Doctoral Degree Requirements

To qualify for the dual-title degree in Biomedical Sciences and Clinical and Translational Sciences, students must satisfy the BMS Ph.D. degree requirements listed in the “Doctoral Degree Requirements” section above. In addition, students pursuing the dual-title Ph.D. in BMS and CTS must complete the degree requirements for the dual-title CTS Ph.D., listed on the CTS Bulletin page. Up to 7 credits for the Ph.D. degree in BMS that overlap with the CTS elective requirements can be counted toward the CTS dual-title.
The choice of CTS electives is subject to approval by the student’s academic adviser(s) from the BMS and CTS programs. The electives should complement the student's work in BMS. A list of approved electives is maintained by the CTS program office.

The candidacy examination contains elements of both BMS and CTS. In accordance with Graduate Council policy, the candidacy committee must include at least one member of the CTS Graduate Faculty. Faculty with graduate appointments in both programs may serve in a combined role. Dual-title graduate degree students may require an additional semester to fulfill requirements for both areas of study and, therefore, the candidacy examination may be delayed one semester beyond the normal period allowable.

The doctoral committee must include at least one member of the CTS Graduate Faculty. Faculty members who hold appointments in the Graduate Faculty of both programs may serve in a combined role. If the chair of the doctoral committee is not a member of the Graduate Faculty in CTS, the member of the committee representing CTS must be appointed as co-chair. The fields of BMS and CTS will be integrated in the student’s comprehensive exam, and the doctoral committee member representing CTS is responsible for insuring coverage of information relevant to the CTS field of study.

The candidate must complete a dissertation on a topic that reflects their original research and education in both BMS and CTS. To earn the dual-title Ph.D. degree, the dissertation must be accepted by the doctoral committee, the chair of the graduate program, and the Graduate School, and the student must pass a final oral examination (the dissertation defense).

OPTIONS

The Options offered within the BMS Graduate Program provide the student a curricular specialization focused on different approaches to biomedical research.

BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR GENETICS (BMG) OPTION
John M. Flanagan, Ph.D., Option Director
The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Hershey, PA 17033
jflanagan@psu.edu

The objective of the BMG Option is to provide course work and laboratory training that focus on the principles and application of biochemical and molecular genetic analysis. These approaches play key roles in identifying and characterizing cellular processes and elucidating the structure and function of key macromolecules including DNA, RNA, proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates. The Option also stresses the biological intersections of these classes of macromolecules. The combination of didactic courses, colloquia, seminars, and laboratory research provides students with an integrated approach for applying biochemical and molecular genetic analyses to interrogate and manipulate basic cellular processes and macromolecules of biomedical significance. The training afforded by this Option exposes graduates to the fundamentals needed to experimentally address scientific questions in areas such as epigenetic control of gene expression, structure/function, biomolecular engineering, and systems analysis using genetic and biochemical approaches.

Admission Requirements for the BMG Option
To be admitted to the BMG Option, students must successfully complete 1) the first year of the BMS Graduate Program, and 2) three research rotations, at least two with faculty in the BMG Option.

Curricular Requirements for the M.S. degree in the BMG Option
In addition to the 13 credits of required BMS Core Courses for the M.S. degree and 6 credits of thesis research, students pursuing the M.S. degree in the BMG Option must take BCHEM 521 Structure, Function, and Regulation of Biological Molecules (3 cr.), BCHEM 522 Molecular Genetics: Genes to Genomes (3 cr.), BCHEM 590 Colloquium (2 cr.), BMS 512 Data Analysis for the Biomedical Lab Scientist (2 cr.), and at least 3 credits of 500-level elective courses selected in consultation with the student's thesis adviser and thesis committee.

Curricular Requirements for the Ph.D. degree in the BMG Option
In addition to the 17 credits of required BMS Core Courses for the Ph.D. degree, students pursuing the Ph.D. degree in the BMG Option must take BCHEM 521 Structure, Function, and Regulation of Biological Molecules (3 cr.), BCHEM 522 Molecular Genetics: Genes to Genomes (3 cr.), BCHEM 590 Colloquium (2 cr.), BMS 512 Data Analysis for the Biomedical Lab Scientist (2 cr.), and at least 2 credits of 500-level elective courses selected in consultation with the student's dissertation adviser and doctoral committee.

CELLULAR AND INTEGRATIVE PHYSIOLOGY (CIP) OPTION
David Waning, Ph.D., Option Director
The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Hershey, PA 17033
dlw83@psu.edu

The objective of the CIP Option is to provide students training that focuses on cellular and integrative physiology, which includes the functions and interactions between different tissues and cell types and different organ systems. The training afforded by this Option exposes graduates to the fundamentals needed to experimentally address scientific questions in areas such as intracellular organization, and the regulation of key biological processes including cell signaling, ion channel and transport function, gene expression, protein translation and turnover, molecular motors, and intercellular communication. In addition, the Option stresses the importance of systems biology and inter-organ signaling to understand the biological basis of health and disease. The combination of didactic courses, colloquia, seminars, and laboratory research provides students with an integrated approach for applying advanced imaging, biochemical, and molecular analyses to interrogate and manipulate basic cellular processes and macromolecules of biomedical significance.

Admission Requirements for the CIP Option
To be admitted to the CIP Option, students must successfully complete 1) the first year of the BMS Graduate Program, and 2) three research rotations, at least two with faculty in the CIP Option.

Curricular Requirements for the M.S. degree in the CIP Option
In addition to the 13 credits of required BMS Core Courses for the M.S. degree and 6 credits of thesis research, students pursuing the M.S. degree in the CIP Option must take PSIO 504 and 505 Cellular and Integrative Physiology I and II (6 cr.), BMS 581 Molecular and Translational Approaches to Human Disease (3 cr.), PSIO 501 Scientific Analysis and Presentation (2 cr.), and at least 2 credits of 500-level elective courses selected in consultation with the student's thesis adviser and thesis committee.

Curricular Requirements for the Ph.D. degree in the CIP Option
In addition to the 17 credits of required BMS Core Courses for the Ph.D. degree, students pursuing the Ph.D. degree in the CIP Option must take PSIO 504 and 505 Cellular and Integrative Physiology I and II (6 cr.), BMS 581 Molecular and Translational Approaches to Human Disease (3 cr.), PSIO 501 Scientific Analysis and Presentation (2 cr.), and at least 1 credit of a 500-level elective course selected in consultation with the student's dissertation adviser and doctoral committee.

TRANSLATIONAL THERAPEUTICS (TT) OPTION
Jong Yun, Ph.D., Option Director
The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Hershey, PA 17033
jky1@psu.edu

The TT Option is designed to give students a combination of didactic instruction, informal interaction, and laboratory experience that enables them to obtain a firm foundation in the principles, methods, and contributions of pharmacology, defined broadly as the science of the interaction of chemical agents with biological systems. Of primary importance, this Option focuses on identification of disease targets, development of therapeutic strategies, and refinement of drug delivery approaches. With this preparation, graduates of the TT Option will be capable of designing and executing high-quality independent research, and of assuming positions of responsibility within the therapeutic community.

This Option offers studies in the general areas of drug discovery and development, molecular pathophysiology, drug metabolism, molecular pharmacology, endocrine pharmacology, neuropharmacology, cardiovascular-renal pharmacology, pharmacogenetics, and clinical pharmacology. Primary emphasis is placed on the molecular mechanism by which drugs act in the body and by which the body transforms drugs.

Admission Requirements for the TT Option
To be admitted to the TT Option, students must successfully complete 1) the first year of the BMS Graduate Program, and 2) three research rotations, at least two with faculty in the TT Option.

Curricular Requirements for the M.S. degree in the TT Option
In addition to the 13 credits of required BMS Core Courses for the M.S. degree and 6 credits of thesis research, students pursuing the M.S. degree in the TT Option must take PHARM 520 Principles of Drug Action (2 cr.), PHARM 551 Anti-infective Therapeutics (1 cr.), PHARM 552 Integrated Systems Pharmacology (1 cr.), PHARM 553 Gastrointestinal and Immunomodulatory Therapeutics (1 cr.), PHARM 554 Anticancer Therapeutics (1 cr.), PHARM 561 Neuropharmacology (2 cr.), PHARM 562 Endocrine Pharmacology (2 cr.), PHARM 590 Colloquium (1 cr.), and at least 2 credits of 500-level elective courses selected in consultation with the student's thesis adviser and thesis committee.

Curricular Requirements for the Ph.D. degree in the TT Option
In addition to the 17 credits of required BMS Core Courses for the Ph.D. degree, students pursuing the Ph.D. degree in the TT Option must take PHARM 520 Principles of Drug Action (2 cr.), PHARM 551 Anti-infective Therapeutics (1 cr.), PHARM 552 Integrated Systems Pharmacology (1 cr.), PHARM 553 Gastrointestinal and Immunomodulatory Therapeutics (1 cr.), PHARM 554 Anticancer Therapeutics (1 cr.), PHARM 561 Neuropharmacology (2 cr.), PHARM 562 Endocrine Pharmacology (2 cr.), PHARM 590 Colloquium (1 cr.), and at least 1 credit of a 500-level elective course selected in consultation with the candidate's dissertation adviser and doctoral committee.

VIROLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY (VIRIM) OPTION
Clare Sample, Ph.D., Option Director
The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Hershey, PA 17033
csample@hmc.psu.edu

The objective of the VIRIM Option is to provide graduate students the opportunity to focus their graduate-level coursework and laboratory research in areas related to virology and immunology. The areas of research within virology include viral oncology, virus-cell interactions, the structure and assembly of viruses, functional role of viral gene products, the molecular biology of virus replication, and viral induced latency. The areas of research within immunology include adaptive and innate immunity, cellular and humoral immunity, antigen presentation, tumor immunology, vaccine development, and neuroimmunology. The VIRIM Option allows students to develop an integrative research approach using aspects of biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and genetics to approach scientific questions associated with areas of virology and immunology.

Admission Requirements for the VIRIM Option
To be admitted to the VIRIM Option, students must successfully complete 1) the first year of the BMS Graduate Program, and 2) three research rotations, at least two with faculty members in the VIRIM Option.

Curricular Requirements for the M.S. degree in the VIRIM Option
In addition to the 13 credits of required BMS Core Courses for the M.S. degree and 6 credits of thesis research, students pursuing the M.S. degree in the VIRIM Option must take MICRO 550 Medical Microbiology (2 cr.), MICRO 581 Immunology A: Basic Concepts in Innate and Adaptive Immunity (1 cr.), MICRO 582 Immunology B: Adaptive Immunity (1 cr.), BMS 562 Principles of Immunology C: Dysfunction and Manipulation of the Immune System (1 cr.) or BMS 566 Viral Oncogenesis (1 cr.), BMS 564 Concepts of Virology (2 cr.) or MICRO 560 Concepts in Immunology (2 cr.), BMS 567 Viral Pathogenesis (1 cr.), GENET 581 Genetics of Model Organisms A: Bacterial and Viral Pathogenesis (1 cr.), MICRO 572 Virology Literature Reports (1 cr.) or VIRIM 580 Critical Reading in Immunobiology (1 cr.), MICRO 590 Colloquium (1 cr.), and at least 2 credits of 500-level elective courses selected in consultation with the student's thesis adviser and thesis committee.

Curricular Requirements for the Ph.D. degree in the VIRIM Option
In addition to the 17 credits of required BMS Core Courses for the Ph.D. degree, students pursuing the Ph.D. degree in the VIRIM Option must take MICRO 550 Medical Microbiology: Topics in Molecular Pathogenesis (2 cr.), MICRO 581 Immunology A: Basic Concepts in Innate and Adaptive Immunity (1 cr.), MICRO 582 Immunology B: Adaptive Immunity (1 cr.), BMS 562 Principles of Immunology C: Dysfunction and Manipulation of the Immune System (1 cr.) or BMS 566 Viral Oncogenesis (1 cr.), BMS 564 Concepts of Virology (2 cr.) or MICRO 560 Concepts in Immunology (2 cr.), BMS 567 Viral Pathogenesis (1 cr.), GENET 581 Genetics of Model Organisms A: Bacterial and Viral Pathogenesis (1 cr.), MICRO 572 Virology Literature Reports (1 cr.) or VIRIM 580 Critical Reading in Immunobiology (1 cr.), MICRO 590 Colloquium (1 cr.), and at least 1 credit of a 500-level elective course selected in consultation with the candidate's dissertation adviser and doctoral committee.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE M.D./Ph.D. DEGREE

Students must fulfill all requirements for each degree in order to be awarded that degree. Degree requirements for the M.D. program are listed on the Penn State College of Medicine website. If students accepted into the joint degree program are unable to complete the M.D. degree, they are still eligible to receive the Ph.D. degree if all the Ph.D. degree requirements have been satisfied.

During the first two years of medical school, the student conducts at least three research rotations. After successful completion of the first two years of medical school the student enters the BMS Graduate Program and may be admitted to one of its options.

During the summer after the second year of medical school M.D./Ph.D. students take Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), which serves as the candidacy examination for the BMS Graduate Program.

In addition to the requirements for the doctoral committee for a Ph.D. student in the BMS Graduate Program, at least one member of the dissertation committee must be on the M.D./Ph.D. Steering Committee.  This member may serve other roles on the doctoral committee.

M.D./Ph.D. students must complete 28 credits; 8 credits from the first two years of medical school will be double-counted towards the Ph.D., replacing the following required core courses: BMS 502 (3 cr.), BMS 503 (3 cr.), and BMS 596 (2 cr.). In addition to the curriculum of the first two years of medical school at the Penn State College of Medicine, all M.D./Ph.D. students in the BMS Graduate Program take the following core courses: BMS 506A and 506B Biological Basis of Human Health and Disease A and B (4 cr.), BMS 512 Data Analysis for the Biomedical Lab Scientist (2 cr.), BMS 590 Colloquium (4 cr.), BMS 591 Biomedical Research Ethics (1 cr.), and BMS 801 Writing Grant Proposals for Biomedical Research (1 cr.).

In addition, students must take 2 credits of Colloquium or Journal Club, which is fulfilled by taking any of the following: BCHEM 590 Colloquium, PSIO 501 Scientific Analysis and Presentation, PHARM 590 Colloquium, MICRO 590 Colloquium, MICRO 572 Virology Literature Reports, NEURO 590 Colloquium, or VIRIM 580 Critical Reading in Immunobiology, and at least 6 elective credits of 500-level elective courses selected in consultation with the student’s dissertation adviser and doctoral committee.

The M.D./Ph.D. candidate prepares a written comprehensive examination in the format of a grant application and gives an oral presentation of this proposal to their doctoral committee.

A dissertation must be prepared and defended by each M.D./Ph.D. candidate.  The dissertation must be accepted by the doctoral committee, the chair of the graduate program, and the Graduate School, and the student must pass a final oral examination (the dissertation defense). Students are required to have at least one first-author publication accepted or published based on their dissertation research prior to the final oral examination.

OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION

The BMS Graduate Program Advisory Committee, which includes representation from the Program and each Option of the Program, advises students about academic and related matters until the student has a dissertation adviser. If desired, students formally make a decision to join an Option by the end of the Spring semester of their first year and must satisfy all admission requirements of the Option.

Students must have a dissertation adviser by the end of the summer of the first year. The student and dissertation adviser then plan additional course work and develop a research plan in consultation with the doctoral committee.

STUDENT AID

Graduate assistantships available to students in this Program and other forms of student aid are described in the STUDENT AID section of the Graduate Bulletin. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set forth in the Graduate Bulletin.

COURSES

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses to make up deficiencies or to fill gaps in previous education, but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

 

Last Revised by the Department: Summer 2017

Review Date: 8/22/2017

Faculty linked: 8/14/14

 


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