The PhD Program requires approximately four to five years to complete and employs a curriculum which is separate from the MS Program. Students may enter the PhD program directly following their undergraduate degree and do not necessarily have to earn a master's degree first. Earning a master's degree can be incorporated into the PhD program without increasing the total length of time in studies.
Requirements for the PhD degree (a total of 72 credits of coursework; 50 didactic and 22 research)
- Scientific ethics/fundamentals of research course;
- Quantitative methods and design course(s) (two for students in the Craniofacial Genetics Tract);
- Written comprehensive examination after the sixth semester (for advancement to PhD candidacy);
- Dissertation proposal defense;
- Approval of a Dissertation Committee and dissertation research; and
- Dissertation defense.
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in required courses to be eligible to take the comprehensive examinations, as well as to graduate.