In the first year, students are enrolled in the Biomedical Sciences Core Curriculum which for all students consists of the following:
Semester One (fall)
Semester Two (spring)
And take four credit hours from the following selectives:
Semester three (summer)
Second year and beyond (Vascular biology advanced curriculum)
The Ph.D curriculum is not lock- step: students do not graduate as a class at the end of a specific semester. The average time to degree is approximately 5 years of full time, year round study; acceptable duration of the program is between 3 and 7 years. The number and type of advanced (2nd year and beyond) or elective courses vary and may include courses within the Vascular Biology Program as well as courses in other disciplines.
Vascular Biology Required Courses
Elective course options (minimum of one course)
In addition specific course requirements, students must complete additional PhD degree requirements, including satisfactory performance on both the written and oral Comprehensive Examination, development of an approved research proposal, writing and obtaining approval of the doctoral dissertation, and satisfactory performance on the Final Oral Examination (dissertation defense). Publication of at least one first-authored original research article in an approved peer-reviewed journal is required for students entering Vascular Biology Graduate Program in 2014 and beyond.