Graduation Requirements

Within the MCB Program there are five degree-granting departments or center:

Students in these five departments/center are bound by the MCB Program Rules and Regulations.

  • Three research rotations in the first year
  • Three-term core courses (Fall, Winter, Spring of the first year)
  • One term of a teaching assistantship
  • An ethics course
  • A qualifying exam consisting of a written proposal and oral defense
  • Three advanced courses from the approved course list
  • Attendance at and participation in journal club meetings and Research in Progress (RIP) seminars
  • Attendance at program functions
  • Preparation, presentation, and submission of thesis (seminar and defense)

Upon satisfactory completion of the qualifying exam, a student will be advanced to Ph.D. candidacy. Students may be advanced to the Ph.D. candidacy before completion of the three advanced courses.

Program Contacts

MCB Program Office – Janet Cheney (Erik Griffin, Chair)

Biochemistry/Cell Biology – Emily Clough  (Charles Barlowe, Chair)

Biological Sciences – Sherry Finnemore (Tom Jack, Chair)

Cancer Biology – Alicea Bursey  (Steven Leach, Chair)

Microbiology & Immunology – Karen Thompson (George O'Toole, Graduate Program Chair)

Molecular and Systems Biology – Amy Potter (Marnie Halpern, Chair)