General PhD Program Requirements
The maximum time limit for the completion of all requirements for the PhD degree is seven years. PhD students must defend and deposit the dissertation by June 30 of the seventh year in the Program. Students who do not deposit by April 15 will participate in the graduation ceremony of the following year. All students must be full-time. All students are required to develop a research project, under the supervision of one or more faculty members, which results in a thesis that reports the new findings, and is presented, defended and deposited. All students must successfully complete all other degree requirements that are part of the training program. The choice of the research laboratory, through a series of laboratory rotations (BSR1006 and BSR1007) and academic credit for the thesis project (BSR8000 and BSR9000) are part of each student’s academic program.
A. First Year –
Satisfactory completion of the initial General Program Requirements (i.e., excluding advanced coursework and seminars) will be evaluated at the end of the first year in the Program:
General Program Requirements
|Biomedical Sciences||two semesters, for most students. Some MTAs require that their students take their Core III course following the two-semester Biomedical Sciences course.|
|Introduction to JournalClub I and II||Attendance and participation is mandatory for all sessions|
|Neuroscience||3 courses (Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, Systems Neuroscience, and Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience)|
|Systems Biology and Disease Therapeutics||Systems Biomedicine and two courses chosen from Quantitative Graduate Physiology, Pharmacology or Biomedical Modeling|
|Responsible Conduct of Research||Attendance and participation is mandatory for all sessions|
|Biostatistics||Exempted; or successful completion of BSR1010|
|Laboratory Rotation||At least two rotations must be successfully completed|
B. Core Curriculum –
In order to successfully complete the Core Curriculum, the student must achieve an average grade of at least B (3.0) in the Core course(s). Details about calculating GPA are provided in Chapter 1, section entitled “Academic Policies and the Registrar’s Office”.
NB The GPA is computed to two decimal points and is not rounded off.
For those MTAs that require their students to take their Core III course, it will then be weighted equally with the Biomedical Sciences course to determine if the student has achieved the required B (3.0). Any student who fails to meet this requirement will be reviewed by the Graduate School’s Committee for Academic Review. Dismissal from the program is a possible consequence of this review.