The MolE PhD program is separated into two focus areas, “CleanTech” (CT) and “BioTech,” (BT) and consists of core courses, elective courses, seminar courses, and research credits.
Overall Program Credit Requirement
- Core / Focus Area / Seminar (18 credits)
- Research Facet Electives (9 credits)
- Outside of Focus Area Elective (3 credits)
- Free Electives (6 credits)
- Research Credit (63 credits)
Core Course Sequence
The core course sequence consists of three graduate-level courses, of which two (MolE I and MolE II) are mandatory for all MolE students, and one (MolE-CT or MolE-BT) is specific to the selected focus area. There is also a seminar (MolE-S) course attended by students for their first three academic years (year 1-3).
The MolE Ph.D. elective courses (18 total credits) are composed of “Outside of Focus Area Elective” (3 credits), “Free Electives” (6 credits), and “Research Facet Electives” (9 credits). An approved and regularly updated list is provided for research facet electives.
Typical Degree Timeline
It is not feasible to set the total time to degree, but we expect most students to finish in less than five years. If you fail to meet one of the below milestones on time, you are subject to being placed on probation or dismissal from the program either via internal procedures, or via the Graduate School policy detailed in Memo 16. This includes securing research rotations, as well as securing a permanent lab placement.