College of Medicine and Life Sciences Graduate Programs

Curriculum - UTCOMLS Graduate Programs

The College of Medicine & Life Sciences at The University of Toledo offers several graduate-level degree and certificate programs. Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in biomedical sciences and academic certificates are offered in several basic science and clinical tracks.

All five tracks are research-oriented and will combine rigorous coursework with sufficient time for intensive research activity.  Previous students on average have completed the Ph.D. in approximately five years, and the M.S. program in about 3 years or less.  Graduates progress to post-doctoral training (Ph.D. degree graduates) or to research, teaching, and other scientific positions in academia, industry, and the government (Ph.D. and M.S. degree graduates).

All incoming Ph.D. and M.S. students enter the program after choosing a specific track, although not a specific advisor.  All students take a common core of coursework and rotate though faculty laboratories during the first year.  The common core of coursework all students take in the first year is rigorous, integrated, and helps to promote fruitful cross-fertilization between disciplines.  Students then align with a faculty major advisor and begin the Ph.D. dissertation or M.S. thesis research project.  Students complete any additional track-specific coursework and their research project during ensuing years.  Students who maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA are eligible to take the Qualifying Exam no later than the end of their first year (M.S. students), or first semester of second year (Ph.D. students). Students who pass both the written and oral QE then become official candidates for their graduate degree and will subsequently spend the majority of their remaining training time performing thesis (M.S.) or dissertation (Ph.D.) research under the guidance of their major advisor and faculty committee members.

Our recent graduates from the Ph.D./M.S. in Biomedical Science program have received research positions at leading academic institutions, government, and industry.  Institutions include Centers for Disease Control, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, Columbia University, Cornell University, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Gliatech, Immusol, Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, Merck, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Pfizer, Salk Research Institute, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, University of Michigan, and Yale University.

See 2019-2020 program PDF catalog for track-specific courses and information.

See 2020-2021 Program pdf catalog for track-specific courses and information.

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Degrees Offered | More Information and Core Curriculum

Admission to Graduate Programs

Admission requirements for College of Graduate Studies are discussed in the general College of Graduate Studies section of the University of Toledo Catalog; other admission procedures are described under individual graduate programs. Admission to graduate study in the College of Medicine & Life Sciences is open to graduates of accredited colleges and universities meeting the minimum admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies as well as specific admission requirements of the department and/or program. Previously admitted students wishing to transfer to a different program must apply for admission to the new program. Admission to one graduate program does not guarantee admission to another graduate program. Please refer to the degree or program descriptions for specific information.

Administration of Programs

All graduate programs in the College of Medicine & Life Sciences are administered jointly by the College of Medicine & Life Sciences and the College of Graduate Studies of the University of Toledo. Students may contact specific departments or programs, the college’s graduate advisor, or the College of Graduate Studies for further information on programs or admission requirements. Student should be aware that course names/credit hours may be revised over the course of the program per the department or program requirements.  Please consult with your department or program regarding course/credit hour changes.


Students must meet with their faculty advisor for the purpose of developing a Plan of Study. It is the student’s responsibility to meet all requirements for the degree as specified by the graduate program, the department, the College of Graduate Studies and the University of Toledo. Students are encouraged to complete the Plan of Study no later than the first academic year and submit the completed, signed form to the College of Graduate Studies.

Academic Standards

In addition to the general academic standards outlined in the general section of the College of Graduate Studies Catalog, for the following programs, a maximum number of credits of C will be allowed on a candidate’s Plan of Study as listed below:

 10 credits  PhD degree (biomedical sciences - all tracks)
   8 credits  MSBS research tracks (including CAB, MOME, MMIM, NND, and BIPG)

 11 credits Physician Assistant Program (PA)
 12 credits  MSBS clinical track programs including MS Medical Sciences (unless stated otherwise)
   3 credits Certificate programs  

In addition, students in all graduate programs at UToledo must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to graduate.

Graduate Degrees Offered:

  • Cancer Biology (Department of Cancer Biology)
  • Molecular Medicine (Department of Physiology & Pharmacology)
  • Medical Microbiology and Immunology** (Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology)
  • Neurosciences and Neurological Disorders (Department of Neurosciences)
  • Bioinformatics and Proteomics/Genomics
  • Biomarkers and Diagnostics (Professional Science Masters)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Dual Degrees*

  • Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Science* 
  • Doctor of Medicine and Master of Science in Biomedical Science*

*Students must be accepted into the M.D. program first to be eligible for the dual degree 

Graduate Certificates

  • Certificate in Biomarkers and Bioinformatics

More information and Core Curriculum

See 2019-2020 program PDF catalog for track-specific courses and information.

See 2020-2021 Program pdf Catalog for track-specific courses and information.

Last Updated: 5/8/20