Life Sciences and Clinical Investigation Dual Degree MS/PhD

Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.


Total Units Required for the combined PhD/MS Degree: 12

Courses Required by DGP for PhD Component

Total DGP courses: 6

Course Title
Core Courses
Biochemistry, Molecuar Biology, Cell Biology, Statistics (4 units)
Elective Courses
Two DGP electives of the student's choice in consultation with their adviser(s)

Courses Required by Clinical Investigation for the MS Component

Total MSCI courses: 6

Course Title
Core Courses
Biostatistics for Clinical Investigators 1
Introduction to Epidemiology for Clinical Investigators
Biostatistics for Clinical Investigators 2
Introduction to Translational Research
Elective Courses
Three additional elective units 1

Thesis and Research Requirements

DGP/MSCI students will be subject to all other DGP requirements. These include:

  • Passing the qualifying exam and generating a suitable thesis.
  • Dual degree candidates must meet with the MSCI co-director twice a year to update progress towards the MSCI degree requirements.

Simultaneous Award of PhD and MS

Students will not be granted the MS prior to completion of all PhD requirements. Graduation will be simultaneous for both degrees, even in cases where MS requirements are fulfilled in time for an earlier graduation date.