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PhD Curriculum

Written Qualifying Exam

The written exam will be given to all students entering through the Molecular Biosciences Program after the completion of the first year curriculum sometime in June. The exam will be based on the material studied in the required core courses of the first year and on a selection of journal articles provided to the students before the exam. Questions will be in essay format, and will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis by a committee composed of representatives from the various Molecular Biosciences graduate programs.

A student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to sit for the exam, and failure of the exam may, upon recommendation of the Academic Standing Committee of the Molecular Biosciences Program, result in termination of the student from the PhD program. Ordinarily students will not be permitted a second attempt at passage of the exam.