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Forty-two credits are required for graduation. In addition to the core, track and advanced requirements, courses should be selected after consultation between the student and his/her advisor. Depending on the student's area of concentration (laboratory, patient or population-based translational science) additional advanced courses will be selected from either track courses or graduate school core courses in the basic science disciplines.

Year 1

  • MGS CORE required courses (10 credits)
  • Track required courses (13 credits)
  • Lab rotations (minimum 6 credits)
    • Introduction to research projects and methodologies used in the laboratories of clinical/translational investigators
    • Completion of three research experiences or laboratory rotations, each lasting eight weeks
    • Selection of laboratory for thesis research
  • Written Comprehensive Examination

Year 2

  • Advanced elective courses (areas of interest)
  • Thesis research
    • Research gathering preliminary data for a thesis research project
    • Preparation of a thesis proposal in the format of a grant application
    • Selection of faculty for the oral qualifying exam committee, followed by defense of the research proposal in the oral exam (to be completed before the end of the fall quarter)
  • Oral Qualifying Examination (presentation of thesis proposal)

Year 3-4

  • Ongoing workshops/seminars/journal clubs
  • Completion of thesis research and any remaining course requirements
  • Selection of your Graduate School Thesis Advisory Committee that will evaluate the proposed direction, specific aims and experimental strategies of your project, and meet with you at least twice a year to discuss your research progress
  • Works-in-progress presentation of research project
  • Final Oral Examination (thesis defense)
  • ART046315