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PhD Curriculum

Transfer Students

Course Requirements:

The MGMI Academic Standing Committee and the Student's research sponsor, if already selected, will evaluate the student's academic background, and select with the student the courses which must be taken in addition to those previously completed. No more than 24 course credits may be transferred from another institution, and the requirement of a minimum of 32 total course credits must in any case be met.

Qualifying and Propositional/Oral Exam:

The MGMI Academic Standing Committee will in addition determine when the Qualifying and Propositional/Oral Exams should be taken. It will generally consist of two parts:

   1. An oral qualifying examination to evaluate the student's understanding and knowledge of the general areas of molecular biology, molecular genetics, microbiology and immunology plus a more detailed examination of subject areas specifically related to the student's proposed area of research.

   2. The propositional/oral will have the same format and purpose as that of the propositional/oral examination described above for the Molecular Biosciences Program students.

The examining committee should consist of a minimum of three faculty members, two of whom should be members of the Molecular Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology graduate program. The members are to be chosen by the student and approved in writing by director of the MGMI program. The student's thesis advisor shall not be present during the exam, and will not participate in the final decision as to whether the student passes or fails.

Thesis Committee and Defense:

The requirements and conditions are as described above for students in the section Subsequent Years (link to other part of website) in the Molecular Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology Program.