Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences

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Qualifying Examination

Workshops and Form Submisions

Qualifying Exam Workshop: Introduction to the Qualifying Exam
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Qualifying Exam Workshop: Avoiding Plagiarism and Other Questionable Writing Practices
Monday, December 06, 2021

Preparing the Qualifying Exam Proposal (course begins)
Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Forms Due: Form 1, and Mentor Acknowledgement Form
Friday, January 21, 2022

Form Due: Form 2
Friday, February 18, 2022

Form Due: Form 3
Friday, March 18, 2022

Qualifying Exam Proposal Due
Monday, April 25, 2022

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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