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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Requirements for GSBS MS Students

Milestone Expected Time of Achievement1
Complete Ethical Dimensions of the Biomedical Sciences End of fall term of 1st year
Identify a research advisor End of fall term of 1st year
Form Advisory Committee End of spring term of 1st year
Hold first advisory meeting End of summer term of 1st year
Submit petition for MS candidacy End of summer term of 1st year
Complete online ethics modules End of fall term of 2nd year
Hold Advisory Committee meeting Every six months
Complete at least 36 semester-hours of pertinent coursework2 Before graduation
Submit a signed petition to defend thesis Two weeks before defense
Defend thesis Before graduation
Submit final signed thesis & complete all exit paperwork Before graduation
Complete all degree requirements Within three years of admission

1The expected timing is based on matriculation in the Fall Semester

2Including 12 semester-hours of didactic courses graded A-F; ethics course and online modules; Research in Biomedical Sciences and Thesis for Master of Science (as appropriate for student's program)


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