Jan 16, 2021  
2014-2015 Georgia Regents University Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Georgia Regents University Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Molecular Medicine

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The Molecular Medicine program combines the resources of basic science and clinical medicine for an interdisciplinary approach to understanding disease processes. Based in an interdisciplinary research institute rather than an academic department, the program includes approximately 40 faculty members drawn from clinical and basic science departments. Students are encouraged to design their own program of study according to their interests and in consultation with their faculty mentor and advisory committee. Focused on discovering the molecular basis of human disease, research opportunities include neurobiology, immunology, molecular chaperones, radiobiology and cancer biology, regenerative medicine and reproductive medicine.

Admissions Information

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information: http://www.gru.edu/admissions/graduate/phd-biomedical.php

Financial Support

Students accepted as full time students into the program may be eligible for a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA), which provides a competitive stipend ($24,000 for the 2014/2015 academic year) as well as a reduced tuition fee of only $25 per semester. Graduate Research Assistants also receive, at no cost to them, single-person health insurance under the GRU student group policy. Continuation of an assistantship is contingent on the availability of funds and on satisfactory academic progress. Students are responsible for paying standard required student fees each semester.

Molecular Medicine Program Curriculum

The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum is not lock-step; students do not graduate as a class at the end of a specific semester. The average time to degree is approximately 5 years of full-time, year-round study; acceptable duration of the program is between 3 and 7 years. The number and type of advanced (2nd year and beyond) or elective courses vary, and may include courses within the Molecular Medicine program as well as courses in other disciplines.

Molecular Medicine Advanced Courses

Elective Course Options (Minimum of six credit hours)

  • Advanced course in another discipline or biomedical science major (selections require approval from mentor and program director)

Additional Requirements:

In addition to specific course requirements, students must complete additional PhD degree requirements, including satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination, development and approval of a research proposal, writing and approval of the doctoral dissertation, and satisfactory performance on the Final Oral Examination (dissertation defense). See PhD Student Guide for additional requirements and details.