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.
Doctor of Philosophy
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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