Ph.D. Course Schedule
Tumor Biology doctoral students must complete 33 credits (26 credits of required courses and 7 credits of electives, with at least a B average); three different laboratory rotations; a comprehensive examination; a thesis proposal; a written dissertation; and a final oral defense.
Coursework is completed in the first two years of the program. Thesis research begins in the second year.
Transfer Credit/Advanced Standing: A Ph.D. student may make a written request for the transfer of credit for specific applicable courses or apply for advanced standing. Please speak with program leadership and review the policy on transfer credit and advanced standing.
M.D./Ph.D. students should consult the M.D./Ph.D. Course Schedule.
Before July 1st, register for all Fall 1 and Summer 1 courses listed below for Health Insurance purposes.
- Review the BGE New Student Checklist
- Attend the mandatory Biomedical Graduate Education Summer Orientation
- Sign up to take the Laboratory Safety Training from Environmental Health & Safety training before students enter the labs
- Register for Summer 2
- Start working on Comprehensive Exam
- Register for Fall 2 Courses
- Take and Pass the Comprehensive Exam by end of Summer 2. The comprehensive exam is a written review research paper followed by an oral viva, where the student presents their paper.
- Establish Thesis Committee and defend Thesis Proposal within one year of completing comprehensive exam.
Year 3 through Graduation
- Register for Fall 3 Courses
- Thesis Committee should have been established and Thesis Proposal defended by this time.
After Fall 3
- Each semester: You will be registered automatically for TBIO 9999-01 Full-Time Thesis Research
- Each semester: Register for TBIO 7030/7040 Current Topics in Cancer Research
- Each semester: Register for TBIO 7110/7120 Tumor Biology Student Seminar
- Every 6 months: Meet with your thesis committee
Dissertation, Graduation and Commencement
- Dissertation, Doctoral Project, and Thesis Information & Templates
- Submission of Dissertation or Doctoral Project
- Follow the Graduating Student Checklist to apply for graduation in your second-to-last semester, receive your degree and attend Commencement
View prerequisites and begin your application.
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See the schedule of student seminars.
Paper Reading Bootcamp
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A dual doctorate program designed for students interested in careers as physician-scientists.