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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programs

Programs of study for the Doctor of Philosophy degree involve formal courses and electives in areas of the student's interest, as well as the completion of a research project, culminating in the defense of a dissertation. In most cases, a student completes formal courses by the end of the second year. After passing a comprehensive written examination on fundamental principles related to the chosen area of concentration, the student must present a dissertation proposal that meets the approval of his or her advisory committee. For the remainder of graduate training, the degree candidate concentrates on the dissertation research project under the direction of his or her advisor and committee. The PhD degree, which can usually be earned in the four to five years, demonstrates the capability for independent research and recognizes a unique contribution to scientific knowledge.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is awarded in:

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Master of Science Programs

A Master of Science degree has limited availability in certain fields of study to those who have completed all course requirements and have written a master's thesis.

The Master of Science degree is offered in:

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For more information on the MS and PhD degrees in the Graduate College at Rush University, see the relevant section of the Rush University Catalog.

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