Individualized research programs are available in several areas:
The time required to complete a doctorate in microbiology and immunology will vary with the background of the student. In general, a student entering with a master's degree should plan for a 3- to 4-year program; a student entering with a suitable bachelor's degree should anticipate a 5-year program. The average time to completion of the Ph.D. in the program is 5.5 years. This compares favorably with the national average in the life sciences which is currently at 6.7 years. Students should know that the course of study and requirements for graduation are subject to approval and modification by the faculty at any time.
MD/PhD students should plan on approximately 3 years for completion of PhD requirements. A satisfactory draft of the dissertation is required prior to returning to the medical school curriculum.