The doctoral program in Molecular Bioscience follows the general University requirements for admission to graduate studies and admission to the graduate programs in the Department of Biological Sciences. All Ph.D. program applicants are required to submit their GRE scores.
For students in the current M.S. program, credits will be given for courses taken within the Department of Biological Sciences at Seton Hall University with a grade of 3.0 or above that meet the Ph.D. course requirements. A maximum of 30 credits may be accepted towards the Ph.D. program.
For students who have obtained M.S. degrees outside the Department of Biological Sciences at Seton Hall University, courses will be evaluated and a maximum of 30 credits may be accepted towards the Ph.D. program.
The doctoral program consists of two phases: foundation coursework and dissertation research. Between completion of the foundation coursework and the start of research, the doctoral candidate will take a comprehensive qualifying examination and select a dissertation mentor.
Students must complete a total of 72 credits, including 57-59 required credits in coursework (21 credits in required courses, 36-38 credits in thesis and seminar courses) and 13-15 credits of elective courses. The required courses will provide the student with a strong foundation in subject content and training in research techniques. Electives will provide breadth to the students’ training in the various subdisciplines of Molecular Bioscience.
Both full-time and part-time students are eligible to enroll in the doctoral program at Seton Hall University. Full time students will carry at least 9 credits per semester in the Fall and Spring semesters.
Completion of the doctoral program must take place within seven years for full-time students and ten years for part-time students.
Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA for all coursework toward the doctoral degree taken at Seton Hall University. Courses with the grade of B- or lower will not be applied towards the total 72-credit requirement. If the course with a B- or lower is a required course, the student must repeat the course with a satisfactory grade of B or better. Students with an overall GPA below 3.0 will be placed on probation for one year to regain acceptable status. The student who is unable to meet these remedial measures or has an overall GPA of 2.0 or below will not continue in the program.
Students must pass a comprehensive or qualifying examination after completion of the 21 credits of required courses with B or above.
Students must present and defend an oral and written doctoral dissertation.
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