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Graduation Requirements



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MS Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 total credits* is required, maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.

At least 18 credits of graduate-level course work (14 credits of formal courses and up to 4 credits of 1-unit seminar courses) and between 6 to 12 credits of Research (699) or Thesis (700) work.


  • Completion of both core courses within the first year of enrollment: MBIO 603 (Fall) and MBIO 604 (Spring)
  • TWO courses among the approved MBGP Courses
  • ONE Statistics or Biometry course
  • A minimum of ONE Graduate Seminar in the graduate program or in a related program.
  • Credits for 699 and 700: A maximum of 6 credits from 699 and 6 credits from 700, for a total maximum of 12 credits applied toward degree requirements.**
  • Thesis Defense & Approval

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PhD Degree Requirements - Students entering with a BA/BS

A minimum of 30 total credits* is required, maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.

At least 18 credits of graduate-level course work (14 credits of formal courses and up to 4 credits of 1-unit seminar courses) and between 6 to 12 credits of Research (699) or Dissertation (800) work.

  • Completion of both core courses within the first year of enrollment: MBIO 603 (Fall) and MBIO 604 (Spring).
  • TWO courses among the approved MBGP Courses
  • ONE Statistics or Biometry course
  • Successful completion of the Oral Comprehensive Exam
  • Credits for 699 and 800: A maximum of 6 credits from 699 and 6 credits from 800, for a total maximum of 12 credits applied toward degree requirements.**
  • Dissertation and Final Defense

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PhD Degree Requirements - Students Entering with a MS degree (or equivalent) in Life Sciences

Students entering the program with a MS degree are required to take course work as prescribed by their Interim and/or Dissertation Committee.

  • Completion of both core courses within the first year of enrollment: MBIO 603 (Fall) and MBIO 604 (Spring).
  • Successful completion of the Oral Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation & Final Defense**

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Minimum Required Courses for Graduation

Core courses are required of ALL students.
Curriculum courses are required for MS Students and PhD without a prior MS.


Annual Requirements

ALL students must complete the following annual requirements. Click on each section for detailed information and forms.

A grade of B or better MUST be earned in all courses that you plan on counting towards graduation requirements.

*Note: Only credits earned with required letter grades may be applied toward a graduate degree, with the following exceptions:

  • Credits earned for courses offering ONLY the CR/NC option
  • 699 credits earned with the CR designation
For additional details, click the button below to view OGE policies regarding course applicability.

**Students MUST be enrolled in 700 (Thesis) or 800 (Dissertation) during the semester of graduation.

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