Program Requirements

CMB student training programs are individually developed according to the student's research program and scientific interests.

A typical timeline is as follows: 
  • First Year - Precandidate
    • Lab rotations (at least 2; additional possible) - From Summer before to end of 1st year
    • Course work - Fall & Winter semesters
    • Training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) - Fall semester (within PIBS)
    • Selection of Dissertation Advisor - By end of 1st year
    • Student Seminar (CMB 850) if interested in CMB - Fall and/or Winter semester
  • Second Year - Precandidate
    • Course work - end of Fall semester 2nd year recommended
    • Student Seminar (CMB 850) - attend throughout graduate training
    • Presentation of first seminar for CMB 850 - By end of 2nd year
    • Short Courses (CMB 630) - May begin taking short courses
    • Preliminary exam - Winter of 2nd year
    • Advancement to Candidacy - End of 2nd year
    • Assembly of Dissertation Committee - Immediately after passing prelim exam
    • Attend Dissertation Defenses - Attend 4
  • Third Year and Later-Candidate
    • Dissertation Committee Meetings - By 6 mo. after candidacy, every 6 mo. thereafter
    • Student Seminar (CMB 850) - Attend throughout graduate training
    • Short Courses (CMB 630) - Attend at least 4 total
    • Teaching (one term) - During 3rd & 4th year
    • Attend Dissertation Defenses - Attend 4 each year
    • Write & defend dissertation, complete Ph.D. requirements - Target end of 5th year
      (Average Time to Degree: 5.6 years; Attrition Rate: 10%)

For MSTP fellows, CMB recognizes the contribution of some medical school coursework to their graduate education and individualizes their curricula accordingly.

More details are available in the student handbook.