Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2018

Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree in Oral Biology and Pathology

In addition to the minimum degree requirements of the Graduate School:

A. All students must complete all or part of the Oral Biology and Pathology Oral Systems course.

B. M.S. students must complete two graduate courses selected from offerings within and outside the Department.

C. Ph.D. students are generally required to complete four to six course offerings at the graduate level and advance to candidacy by preparing a detailed written proposal in the format of a National Institutes of Health research grant application. A public seminar is presented by the student to members of his or her advisory committee, the department, and the University community at large, in which the student defends the proposal. This is followed by a further defense by the student before his or her advisory committee. A determination for advancement to candidacy is then made and forwarded to the Graduate School for official approval.

D. An original research thesis is required for completion of both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. For the Ph.D., a public defense followed by an examination of the student’s dissertation by the Thesis Committee is required. For the M.S. degree, the student defends the thesis only to the student’s dissertation committee. If the thesis is recommended for approval, the determination is submitted to the Graduate School for final decisions to award the degree.


Requirements for the MS Degree in Biomedical Science (Oral Biology and Pathology track)

Completion of this track will require 30 credits from the approved PhD curriculum in Oral Biology and Pathology and a thesis.