Requirements-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Summary of Requirements for a Ph.D.

All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within six years of entering the program.

  • Satisfactory completion of laboratory rotations, including oral and written reports (first year)
  • Satisfactory completion of Core Courses and maintenance of 3.0 QPA (first year)
  • Satisfactory completion of Thesis Proposal Defense (second year)
  • Annual Research Advisory Committee Evaluations (third through last year)
  • Annual Journal Club presentations (second through last year)
  • Teaching assistantship: 10 points (first through last year)
  • Satisfactory completion and defense of Ph.D. dissertation (fifth or sixth year)