Master of Science, Biotechnology
A student must complete a minimum of 37 credit hours of courses to earn the M.S. degree. All students must follow the prescribed program: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology courses 222-101, 222-200, 222-203, 222-215, 222-216, 222-250 and 222-251 or 222-205, and 222-213 or 222-271; Microbiology 231-413 (or approved substitute); Biology 280-532 (or approved substitute) and 280-430; and the Radiation Safety Workshop conducted by the Radiation Safety Office. Course 222-205, when substituted for 222-250 and 222-251, must be taken for two semesters and 222-213 or 222-271 for one semester. Course 222-201 must be taken each semester in residence. The industrial or academic externship, 222-200, is ordinarily completed in the student's last semester in residence. Doctor of Philosophy To qualify for the Ph.D. degree, students must complete a total of 72 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. These must include the following biochemistry and molecular biology courses: 222-170, 222-201, 222-203, 222-210, 222-300 and 15 credit hours or more of advanced biochemistry courses. One 3-credit hour course in advanced chemistry must be completed. The advanced course must be chosen from the following list of chemistry courses: 205-243; 205-244; or 205-231. Each student must also write a dissertation based on original research and defend it in a public oral examination. Candidates for the Ph.D. degree must pass a qualifying examination consisting of a written comprehensive test and an oral defense of a research proposal prepared by the candidate.
M.D./Ph.D The College of Medicine and the Graduate School jointly offer an integrated program that leads to both the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees without compromise in the customary substance of each of these degrees individually. Additionally, the curricular emphasis develops in the trainee the unique professional role perspective of the clinician/scientist/scholar. It also develops a particular appreciation for the urgent and unsolved health problems that are present in the population served by the Howard University Hospital and its affiliated clinical programs. Application Process Graduate departments that currently invite applications for Ph.D. study in this program are: Anatomy, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Genetics and Human Genetics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physiology and Biophysics. The steps in the application process are as follows:
- Complete all aspects of the application for medical school. Submit a brief letter of interest in applying for the M.D. Ph.D. programs to the program director. The M.D./Ph.D. program committee will review the application to medical school. If a candidate meets the minimum eligibility criteria, he/she will receive a supplemental application for the combined program. The program committee may invite a candidate for a visit to the campus for an interview.
- Concurrent with the visit, a candidate will also be invited to apply to the graduate department of his/her choice through the Graduate School.
The application for the M.D./Ph.D. program should be returned to:
Verle Headings, M.D., Ph.D.
Director M.D./Ph.D. Program
Howard University College of Medicine
520 W Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059