Courses

The Masters degree will require a minimum of 30 units of credit.

Every student will be required to complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

The student will be required to complete at least 6 additional units with a grade of C or better.  The following courses are recommended:

Other courses in the biomedical sciences and medicine may be appropriate and will be considered.  The student will be required to receive approval from his or her advisory committee for his/her final selection of courses. 

A student must maintain an overall grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0.  In accord with the policies of the Graduate College, any student whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be on probation for the following semester.  If the student's cumulative GPA is still below 3.0 at the end of the probationary semester, s/he will be dismissed from the program. 

Thesis requirement

Every student is required to complete a substantial research project and to submit a written thesis that documents that research.  Both laboratory and non-laboratory projects will be considered.  The student's research project will be agreed upon by the student and the student's advisory committee (to be made up of at least three faculty members, at least one of whom must be a member of the Masters Advisory Committee).  For more information about the writing and defense of your thesis, click here.  As a guideline, laboratory based thesis should be in the format of a publishable manuscript for an appropriate journal and non-laboratory based thesis should be in the format of a New England Journal of Medicine review article and be 10,000-20,000 words (not including references).