Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences

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Qualifying Examination

Workshops and Form Submisions

Introduction to the Qualifying Exam
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Proper Reference Citation: How to Avoid Plagiarism and Other Questionable Writing Practices
Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Form 1 due and Mentor Acknowledgement Form due
Friday, January 22, 2021

Form 2 due
Friday, February 19, 2021

Form 3 (Date, Time and Location of Qualifying Exam) due
Friday, March 19, 2021

Qualifying Exam Oral Format and Sample Questions
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Qualifying Exam Proposal due
Friday, April 23, 2021

MS Diploma Form due
Friday, June 18, 2021

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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Timeline To The Qualifying Examination 

Guidelines To The Qualifying Examination 

Form 1 – Proposed Committee Members and Tentative Specific Aims 

Qualifying Exam Mentor Acknowledgement Form 

Form 2 – Confirmation of Committee Members  

Form 3 – Date, Time, Location of Qualifying Exam 

Granting of the MS Degree

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

After the Qualifying Exam

MS Diploma Form 

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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