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  • PHD in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
  • MS in Biotechnology
  • MS in Clinical Research

PhD in Integrated Biomedical Sciences

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 offers 5 tracks of study to allow for specific research training in the student's area of interest:

  • Cancer
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Nervous System
  • Cardiovascular/Respiratory
  • Immunity/Infection/Inflammation
For more information on the program including admission requirements, click here.

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MS in Biotechnology

The 9 month MS in Biotechnology program equips students with the necessary skills to boost their applications to professional school or launch their career in biotechnology.  The full time program gives practical basic science training at the graduate level, introduces students to laboratory management and techniques, and gives relevant experience in being a part of research environments. 

For more information on the program including admission requirements, click here.

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MS in Clinical Research

The Master of Science in Clinical Research is a 2 year thesis requiring program designed to train advanced health care professionals to perform and evaluate clinical research. The course work is highly interactive and often requires discussion about experimental design and historically important clinical trials. Skills and techniques needed for epidemiology, outcomes and clinical pharmacology research are also provided. The emphasis of the program is to provide the skills needed for successful completion of an independent research project, submission of an application for an NIH K Award, and a career in clinical research.

For more information on the program including admission requirements, click here.

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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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