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Graduate Requirements

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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:

Ph.D. candidates in Genetics and Genomics must complete at least 6 courses from the following core courses, found here, with a grade of B or higher. At least one course must come from each of the three categories. This is the basic course requirement for the program, and will fulfill a portion of the total coursework credits (30) required by the Graduate School. Most students will take additional courses and seminar classes to complete total credit requirements by the Graduate School.

In addition, all Ph.D. students preparing a dissertation are required to complete a minimum of 15 GRAD 6950/6960: Doctoral Dissertation Research credits. Please note that the Graduate School requires that the plan of study should be completed, signed by the student and advisory committee members, and submitted to The Graduate School for approval no later than when 18-credits of coursework have been completed. See this link for getting started on your Ph.D. research.

The Thesis Master’s plan of study requires no fewer than 21 credits of coursework chosen from the categories listed here and no fewer than 9 credits of GRAD 5950/5960 Master’s Thesis Research as well as the writing and oral defense of a thesis. Please note that completion of a thesis depends on the successful acceptance into a research laboratory, which is not guaranteed.

The Non-Thesis Master’s plan requires no fewer than 30 credits of advanced coursework from the categories described here.