What is UMDNJ?
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) is the state university of the health sciences, which consists of eight schools. Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the School of Public Health and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences are component schools of UMDNJ on the Piscataway/New Brunswick Campus.
What is the relationship between UMDNJ and Rutgers University?
The Piscataway Campus of UMDNJ is located on the Busch campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The New Brunswick campuses of both universities are nearby, just across the Raritan River. The Basic Science Departments of UMDNJ are based in Piscataway, while the Clinical Departments are based in New Brunswick. Since most of the science departments of Rutgers University are based on the Piscataway Campus, the proximity of these departments to UMDNJ has promoted collaborative research and educational activities. Rutgers University operates shuttle buses to transport students between locations on its campuses in Piscataway and New Brunswick.
What is the relationship between the two universities with regard to graduate education?
Both UMDNJ-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate School of Rutgers University train graduate students. In many disciplines of the biomedical sciences, the two universities jointly train students who are enrolled in either university but who earn degrees awarded jointly by both universities. Many graduate programs jointly participate in the Molecular Biosciences Programs. These programs jointly admit students and teach a first year core curriculum, including the opportunity to do laboratory rotations in any of over 100 laboratories at both universities. At the end of this year, students match with thesis advisors by mutual consent, and each student officially enrolls in the graduate program and university of the thesis advisor. Upon completion of studies, the Ph.D. is awarded jointly by Rutgers University and UMDNJ.