Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences

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Qualifying Examination

Workshops and Form Submisions

Proper Reference Citation: How to Avoid Plagiarism and Other Questionable Writing Practices
Monday, September 23, 2019

Introduction to the Qualifying Exam
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Proper Reference Citation: How to Avoid Plagiarism and Other Questionable Writing Practices
Monday, October 28, 2019

Form 1 Due
Friday, November 15, 2019

Form 2 due (from Exam Committee Chairs)
Friday, December 20, 2019

Form 3 due
Friday, January 10, 2020

Qualifying Exam Oral Format and Sample Questions
Monday, January 13, 2020

Qualifying Exam Proposal due
Friday, February 14, 2020

MS Diploma form due
Friday, April 10, 2020

Candidates for the PhD degree must satisfactorily complete a Qualifying Examination, the purpose of which is to ensure that students have a general understanding of the biomedical sciences and sufficient knowledge of their chosen area of thesis research to proceed towards the PhD degree in a timely manner. The Graduate Division administers the Qualifying Examination in the fall of each year.

Qualifying Exam Guidelines And Forms

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Guidelines To The Qualifying Examination 

Form 1 – Proposed Committee Members and Tentative Specific Aims 

Form 2 – Confirmation of Committee Members  

Form 3 – Date, Time, Location of Qualifying Exam 

Form 4 - Chair's Summary Evaluation 

Granting of the MS Degree

Students who successfully complete the Qualifying Examination are granted the Master of Science degree

After the Qualifying Exam

MS Diploma Form 

Advisory Committee Guidelines 

Student Advisory Committee Summary Report Form 


NIH Guide to Ethical Writing 

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Fellowship Application Guidelines 

Academic Calendar 

Cite It Right! (A Guide to the Qualifying Exam Proposal and Thesis Dissertation Preparation) 

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