The Integrated Ph.D. Program (IPP) provides the most direct route to a Ph.D. degree in the Graduate School. In this program, students enter the Graduate School without initially declaring a major. Graduates receive a Ph.D. in one of our existing disciplinary areas – biochemistry & molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology & immunology, pathology, pharmacology, or physiology.
Qualifying students receive a financial aid package that includes a full tuition scholarship, a stipend, hospitalization and medical insurance (annual premium paid by the Graduate School), and a waiver of the Student Health Services fee.
PhD Degree Timeline
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Subsequent Years|
| Students take a common set of courses (the “core” curriculum) in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters, along with elective course options that may differ for each student.
First-year students also participate in three different laboratory rotations – one in each academic term.
At the conclusion of the first year, each student declares his/her major and preferred Dissertation Advisor.
| Students continue formal coursework towards an overall minimum of 32 didactic (i.e., letter-graded) credits. This includes both "core" and "program-specific" requirements and electives. Coursework should be complete or very nearly complete by the end of the second year.
Students begin working in their dissertation laboratory.
At the end of the second year, each student will attempt to pass a qualifying exam that tests the student’s integrated knowledge of the core curriculum and the discipline-based curriculum.
During the third year, the student assembles a dissertation committee and presents a formal dissertation proposal.
| The student keeps the dissertation committee apprised of the progress of the research project and, when its major goals and objectives are achieved, the student writes a scholarly dissertation on the work and defends it publicly before the faculty and scientific community of the College.
Most students complete their Ph.D. requirements in five to six years.