College of Medicine and Life Sciences Graduate Programs

Biomedical Science - Qualifying Examination

The purpose of the Qualifying Examination for both M.S. and Ph.D. programs is to determine the student's knowledge and ability to analyze information in her/his area of concentration ("track") and/or in the biomedical sciences in general and to apply this to the solution of problems that a student would be expected to meet in her/his professional career.

The examination consists of a written research grant proposal followed by an oral presentation of the proposal and questioning session with the student's Advisory Committee. The examination may also serve to demonstrate that the student is technically competent to complete the tasks described in the proposal.

M.S. Program

Requirements for the M.S. Qualifying Examination (PDF)

Ph.D. Program

Requirements for the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination* (PDF)

* Starting Spring semester of 2018:

*Current 1st year students (entered Fall 2017) and major advisors may either elect new QE format (R21) and new deadline (by end of Fall semester 2018), or stay with the old QE format (R01) and old deadline (by end of summer semester 2019). Current 1st year students and advisors may not elect the new QE format (R21) and the old deadline (by end of year 2).

*Current 2nd year students (entered Fall 2016) must remain with the old QE format and deadline (by end of Summer semester 2018).

*Going forward - all entering students (starting Fall 2018) will use the new QE format (R21) and new deadline (by end of Fall semester of their 2nd year).

Report of the Qualifying Examination

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Last Updated: 1/28/19