Microbiology and Immunology

Combined Degrees

Combined MD/PhD and DPM/PhD Degrees

A student in the Combined Degree programs selects an advisor in the same way as students in the doctoral degree program. The amount of further graduate course work required is less, and by the second year, the major emphasis is on thesis research. Formal degree candidacy is granted after a student has passed a comprehensive examination in microbiology and immunology, which is usually given after completion of the second year of study for the PhD degree. An acceptable dissertation based on original research must be presented and defended at the final oral examination; the dissertation should make a significant contribution to knowledge in microbiology and/or immunology. Four years or more are usually required for the PhD program, and six years or more for the MD/PhD and DPM/PhD programs.

Please refer also to the requirements for the PhD degree in the policies and procedures of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. In general, requirements for the combined degrees combine the requirements for each degree, with the following specifications:

1. A student in good standing in the Combined Programs, with the approval of the Dean of the Medical School or the Dean of Podiatry School, may claim credit for 8 units of Sophomore or Senior Medical School or Podiatry School elective time by substituting 8 units research work completed in the Graduate School, provided competency without reservation has been demonstrated in the required clerkships. Combined MD/PhD and DPM/PhD students will be allowed to substitute graduate-level electives for sophomore electives.

2. University requirements for the MD degree or DPM degree may be satisfied by courses taken in either the Medical School, Podiatry School, or Graduate School within the University.

3. As part of the didactic course requirements for the MD/PhD program, several advanced Graduate School courses are required, as determined by the department.

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