Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences


Qualifying Examination

Workshops and Form Submisions

Introduction to the Qualifying Exam
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Proper Reference Citation: How to Avoid Plagiarism and Other Questionable Writing Practices
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Form 1a and Form 1b due
Friday, November 16, 2018

Form 2 due
Friday, December 21, 2018

Form 3 due
Friday, January 11, 2019

Qualifying Exam Oral Format and Sample Questions
Monday, January 21, 2019

Qualifying Exam Proposal due
Friday, February 01, 2019

Last day to submit MS Diploma Form
Friday, April 05, 2019

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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Timeline To The Qualifying Examination 

Qualifying Exam Student Guidelines 

Qualifying Exam Committee Chair Guidelines 

Qualifying Exam Proposal Prep Description and Schedule 

Form 1a – Proposed Committee Members 

Form 1b – Tentative Specific Aims and Title for Qualifying Exam Proposal 

Form 2 – Confirmation of Committee Members 

Form 3 – Date, Time, Location of Qualifying Exam (No exams are to be scheduled on official school holidays)

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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