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Graduate Requirements

For detailed information on UConn Graduate School policies, forms and requirements: www.grad.uconn.edu

Plan of Study

Ph.D. Genetics and Genomics: The Graduate School requires a minimum of at least 30 credits of content course work beyond the baccalaureate (or its equivalent) in the same or a closely-related field of study (exclusive of any required Related Area). The Plan of Study should be completed, signed by the student and advisory committee members, and submitted to the Graduate School for approval when >18 credits of course work have been completed.

Courses elected should be consistent with the student’s objectives and related to the field in which the degree will be taken. Plans of study will consist largely of courses at the 5000’s level or above. A limited number of credits at the 3000’s or 4000’s level (ordinarily not more than six) may be accepted.

In addition to the content course work and any required Related Area included in the Plan of Study, satisfactory completion of at least 15 credits of GRAD 6950 – Doctoral Dissertation Research or GRAD 6960 – Full-Time Doctoral Dissertation Research is required.

After approval of the plan, any request for change must be submitted to the Graduate School on an official form bearing the signatures of the members of the advisory committee and the student. Such requests are subject to approval by the Graduate School. The successful completion of all work indicated on the approved plan of study is a fundamental prerequisite to the conferral of the degree.

Masters Genetics and Genomics (Plan A- Thesis): The Graduate School requires a minimum of at least 15 credits of content course work beyond the baccalaureate (or its equivalent) in the same or a closely-related field of study (exclusive of any required Related Area). The Plan of Study should be completed, signed by the student and advisory committee members, and submitted to the Graduate School for approval when >12 credits of course work have been completed.

Courses elected should be consistent with the student’s objectives and related to the field in which the degree will be taken. Plans of study will consist largely of courses at the 5000’s level or above. A limited number of credits at the 3000’s or 4000’s level (ordinarily not more than six) may be accepted.

Masters Genetics and Genomics (Plan B- Coursework): The Graduate School requires a minimum of at least 24 credits of content course work beyond the baccalaureate (or its equivalent) in the same or a closely-related field of study (exclusive of any required Related Area). The Plan of Study should be completed, signed by the student and advisory committee members, and submitted to the Graduate School for approval when >12 credits of course work have been completed.

Courses elected should be consistent with the student’s objectives and related to the field in which the degree will be taken. Plans of study will consist largely of courses at the 5000’s level or above. A limited number of credits at the 3000’s or 4000’s level (ordinarily not more than six) may be accepted.

Important Items to Note:

  • All graduate students are required to maintain continuous registration for the Fall and Spring semesters until the conferral of their degree. Failure to maintain continuous registration will automatically result in the student being discontinued from their academic program. For information regarding the continuous registration requirements, refer to the “Registration” section of the Graduate School Catalog.
  • Graduate students should include their seven digit Student Administration System identification number and name in all communications.
  • Please use the current forms listed on the Graduate School website to appropriately update your records and ensure that you do not have to revise/resubmit forms unnecessarily. The forms offered by the Registrar’s office are primarily for undergraduate use and do not necessarily meet the needs of the graduate student.
  • Remember that an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 and continuous registration are required to successfully fulfill degree requirements.

 

Candidacy, Dissertation Preparation, and Final Oral Defense

Upon approval of the plan of study, passing the general examination, and approval of the dissertation proposal by the Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty Council, the student becomes a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

A dissertation representing a significant contribution to ongoing research in the candidate’s field is a primary requirement. The preparation of the dissertation is under the immediate and continuous supervision of the advisory committee, and it must meet all standards prescribed by the committee and by the Graduate School. It must be acceptable in literary style and organization. Specifications for its preparation may be obtained at the Graduate School or from the Graduate School website. It is the student’s ultimate responsibility to be certain that the dissertation conforms to the specifications.

No restrictions that limit or delay the accessibility, use, or distribution of the results of a doctoral candidate’s research are acceptable if such delays are inconsistent with an embargo period requested by the student or if they interfere with the timely completion of a student’s academic program.

The oral defense of the dissertation must be announced publicly by means of the university events on-line calendar at least two weeks prior to the date of the defense. At this time, electronic tentative approval of the dissertation and an electronic working copy of the entire dissertation must be filed with the Graduate School. Not fewer than five members of the faculty, including all members of the candidate’s advisory committee, must participate in the final examination, unless written approval for a lesser number has been secured in advance from the Dean.

The decision regarding whether a candidate has passed, conditionally passed, or failed the examination rests solely with the advisory committee, which will take into account the opinions of other participating faculty members and other experts. The vote of the advisory committee must be unanimous. Following the examination, the major advisor communicates the results to the student and verifies that the official report has been completed and signed for submission to the Graduate School.

The abstract and dissertation must be dated as of the calendar year in which all requirements for the degree are completed. The Graduate School requires the electronic submission of the dissertation though Digital Commons, a university repository for public access. The final copy must meet all specifications outlined on the Graduate School Website. The Dissertation Submission Checklist must be submitted to the Graduate School once it has been signed by a Homer Babbidge Library designated staff member together with an approval page bearing original signatures of all members of the advisory committee. Once a dissertation is bound, it becomes the property of the Homer Babbidge Library. No restrictions that limit or delay the accessibility, use, or distribution of the results of a doctoral student’s research are acceptable if such delays are inconsistent with an embargo period requested by the student or if they interfere with the timely completion of a student’s academic program.

For a concise guide regarding the milestones and procedures please refer to the Milestones and Procedures document. This document also contains a check list with dates that you will find useful to keep on track during your tenure in MCB. This information applies to all MCB Ph.D. students who entered the Ph.D. program after December 2015.

Dissertation Requirements (UConn Grad School)

http://www.grad.uconn.edu/current/dissertation.html