Master of Science
Students in the general program option must complete 30
credit hours of course work and 6 credit hours of thesis
research, a total of 36 credit hours. Students must pass a
written comprehensive examination and defend a research thesis.
Master of Science – Genetic Counseling Specialization
may apply for admission to a genetic counseling program option,
for which they must complete 45 hours of course work and 4 hours
of thesis research for a total of 49 credit hours. In addition,
a Clinical Practicum in Genetic Counseling is required. Students
must pass a written comprehensive examination and defend a
research thesis. The genetic counseling program holds full
accreditation by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC).
Graduates are eligible to apply to sit for ABGC Certification
Examinations. Students interested in the genetic counseling
program are invited to request a program brochure from the
Director of Graduate Studies, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doctor of Philosophy
Students must complete 72 hours of credit, including relevant courses obtained in a master's degree. Relevant master's credit is evaluated by the Director of Graduate Studies. Additional credit hours must be taken in courses in genetics or topics related to dissertation research. A maximum of 21 hours of research credit can be applied to the total credit requirement. A cumulative grade of B or better is required.
Students must demonstrate in an examination a reading knowledge of German, French, Russian, or Spanish; pass a comprehensive written and oral examination covering general genetics, biochemical and molecular genetics, human genetics, immunogenetics, endocrine genetics, and biostatistics; and successfully defend a research dissertation.
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.
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