Your Ph.D. from the division of basic biomedical sciences is a research-based degree that will require four or more years of study. The graduate school requires a minimum of 84 credit hours of study for the degree. Approximately 30 of these credits will be directly associated with your research project. The remainder will be a mix of core courses and courses you and your faculty mentor determine are important.
Every student must enroll in nine credit hours during the fall and spring semesters and at least one credit hour during the summer semester to remain a full-time student. Additional coursework requirements will vary, depending on the research area you choose. All specializations require 15 hours of coursework in that area.
See the graduate catalog to learn more about the foundational coursework and required classes for specializations in:
The remaining credits needed for the Ph.D. are elective courses selected by you with your faculty mentor's guidance.
In addition we have the Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (USD G-RISE) funded by a grant by the National Institutes of Health. The goal of this doctoral training program is to produce a diverse pool of highly qualified, biomedical scientists that are prepared for a variety of career paths in the public and private sector.
M.S. Curriculum - Plan A and Plan B
There are two tracks for an M.S. degree from the biomedical sciences graduate program.
A research-based degree that typically requires two years of study. The graduate school requires a minimum of 31 credit hours for the degree. At least six of these credits will be directly associated with your research project, and at least six will be non-research related coursework. The remainder will be a mix of core courses and courses you and your faculty mentor determine are important.
A non-thesis, non-research master’s program. No stipend will be involved. This course of study can be completed in as little as one year.