The interdepartmental CMDB program offers a path toward a Ph.D. with a 5.5-year average time to achieve the degree.
The Doctoral Degree by the Numbers
During the first two years of the Ph.D. track, CMDB students take courses and initiate their dissertation research.
After the course requirements have been met and the student passes the written and oral qualifying examinations, which include intensive coverage of the area of research specialization, the student advances to candidacy for the PhD.
The student then completes the research and submits a written dissertation to his or her faculty Dissertation Committee.
Finally, the student presents a public lecture describing the dissertation research.
Academic Program Requirements
Ph.D. students in our program are required to take a set of core courses in Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology.
This core provides students with great flexibility within these disciplines.
Each new student meets with his or her graduate advisor to discuss the most appropriate course of study.
Ph.D. students are required to take CMDB 203 - Advanced Genetic Analysis in Model Organisms and one course from each core area: