Our PhD curriculum is designed for independent students who seek an interactive, challenging and creative research environment.
We offer students:
- A focused training experience, with outstanding support designed to allow graduation in five years.
- Diverse options across scientific fields for laboratory rotations and dissertation research, and close mentoring by top-tier faculty.
- Training in state-of-the-art research methods and technologies.
- Clinical care experiences to help inform scientific research directions, including interaction with patients and clinical research faculty.
- Comprehensive career preparation, including skills in research independence, grant writing, laboratory management and transferable skills for many career paths.
For full information on PhD requirements, policies and course descriptions, please consult our general catalog.
Schedule and Requirements
Three six-week laboratory rotations
|Beginning of Year 2||Dissertation laboratory selected
Doctoral Advisory Committee selected
|Year 2||Dissertation research initiated
Grant application submitted
Preparation for Candidacy Qualifying Examination
|End of Year 2||Candidacy Qualifying Examination|
|Years 3-5||Dissertation research
Two manuscripts accepted/published
|Year 4-5||Preparation of dissertation
Oral defense of dissertation
The core coursework and laboratory rotations are completed in the first year, and additional discipline-specific training will be provided during the second year as required. The focused program will allow the majority of students to graduate within five years. Throughout the training experience, students are required to engage in continual learning through participation in journal clubs, seminars and laboratory meetings.
The Graduate School follows an academic calendar that includes several annual breaks and holidays. See our general catalog for a detailed calendar and our leave policies.