PhD Programs

Academic Majors

The following majors are available to MD-PhD students but are not limited to:

PhD Training Years

Generally three to four years are required to complete a PhD program. Thus, MD-PhD students typically require seven to eight years to obtain their combined degree.

The Dissertation Supervisory Committee is selected by the student and mentor, and plays a major role in setting the academic requirements for the PhD degree beyond those stipulated by the graduate school.

The committee determines:

  • Specific course requirements
  • Administers the written and oral qualifying exam
  • Decides when the student is ready to graduate

Most importantly, the committee provides research and career advice throughout the period of graduate education. At least one member of the MD-PhD Advisory Board must be a member of each student’s dissertation committee.