Graduate Requirements

Graduate Requirements for PhD Programs:

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is the highest degree offered by Clemson University. It is conferred only for work of distinction in which the student displays original scholarship. The major emphasis of the doctoral program in Microbiology and Biological Sciences is to provide an environment for the student to learn how to think, how to ask questions and answer them by experimentation, how to perform library research, how to write and communicate in scientific formats, and to develop into a mature, articulate and competent scientist.

The Doctoral Program will involve:

  1. Advisory Committee Selection
  2. Preparing a Plan of Study (Filing GS2)
  3. Dissertation Proposal Preparation and Defense
  4. Course Work
  5. Seminars and Journal Clubs
  6. Comprehensive Exam (Filing GS5)
  7. Research and Dissertation
  8. Dissertation Defense (Filing GS7)

For detailed information about the specific requirements and timeline for each of these steps see the Biological Sciences Graduate Student Guide (pdf)..

Graduate Requirements for MS Programs:

The Master of Science degree, as the name implies, is conferred to those who have demonstrated mastery of general biology and of advanced biology in areas of concentration. The major emphasis of the Master’s programs in Microbiology and Biological Sciences is to provide an environment for the student to learn how to critically think, ask questions and answer them by experimentation, perform library research, write and communicate in scientific formats, and to develop into a mature, articulate and competent scientist.

The Master’s Program will involve:

  1. Advisory Committee Selection
  2. Preparing a Plan of Study (Filing GS2)
  3. Thesis Proposal Preparation and Defense
  4. Course Work
  5. Seminars and Journal Clubs
  6. Research and Thesis
  7. Thesis Defense (Filing GS7)

For detailed information about the specific requirements and timeline for each of these steps see the Biological Sciences Graduate Student Guide.