Terms of Admission

The regular-track Ph.D. program accepts applications from students with the M.Sc. in medicine or the life sciences, M.D., or a degree equivalent to the M.Sc. in medicine or the life sciences; a grade average of 80 or higher; and a grade of 85 or higher for their final thesis. Admissions requirements for the school’s other Ph.D. tracks (direct track and M.D./Ph.D.) are specified in the regulations pertaining to those tracks.


Applicants with an M.D. and a University appointment (Instructor or higher) will need the university’s approval to be admitted to the Ph.D. program. Students in this category will not be able to instruct other graduate students in the course of their studies at the School of Graduate Studies. Upon receiving their admissions notice, any academic appointment and/or promotion process will be suspended. The suspension will be in effect until the dissertation is submitted and approved. Students in this category should be able to prove to the School of Graduate Studies that they are devoting the majority of their time to research.


Applicants with an M.Sc. degree in other areas, or with five years or more since their last completed degree, will need to take remedial coursework at a scope determined by the Ph.D. committee.


Registration is conditional upon receiving the written approval of a faculty member at the School of Graduate Studies willing to serve as the applicant’s doctoral advisor. 


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