Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences

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Qualifying Examination

Candidates for the PhD degree must satisfactorily complete a Qualifying Examination, the purpose of which is to ensure that students have a general understanding of the biomedical sciences and sufficient knowledge of their chosen area of thesis research to proceed towards the PhD degree in a timely manner. The Graduate Division administers the Qualifying Examination each year.

Qualifying Exam Guidelines And Forms

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After the Qualifying Exam

Students who successfully complete the Qualifying Examination are awarded the degree of Master of Science.

MS Diploma Form  (provide how you want your name printed on your MS diploma) 

PhD Learning Environment Survey (mandatory survey; link to the survey will be emailed to students directly) 

Student Advisory Committee (SAC) Guidelines 

Instructions for Student Advisory Committee (SAC) Forms 


NIH Guide to Ethical Writing 

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Fellowship Application Guidelines 

Academic Calendar 

Cite It Right! (A Guide to the Qualifying Exam Proposal and Thesis Dissertation Preparation) 

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