PhD Program

Program requirements:

a total of at least 12 graded units of course weight (UCW) at the graduate level for students who do not have a Master's degree; or, at least 6 graded UCW at the graduate level for students who have a Master's degree: 
  • LABMP 530 (3 UCW) is mandatory and must be taken in the first year; 
  • students who choose to specialize must take the required associated course(s)
  • other courses as approved by the student’s supervisor/supervisory committee
academic integrity and ethics training
professional development requirement [for students admitted Fall 2016 and after]
one oral presentation at LMP Rounds
attendance at specified seminars (LMP Rounds)
PhD Proposal
Doctoral Candidacy Examination
approved research project (thesis)
final oral examination

Other than the thesis and final examination, all program requirements must be completed within the first threeyears.


All students are initially admitted to a general PhD program. Specialization is not required, but students may choose to specialize in one of the following after successfully completing the required associated course(s).

Specialization   Associated Courses
Analytical & Environmental Toxicology
must take LABMP 550;
recommended to take LABMP 551 also
must take LABMP 510;
recommended to take LABMP 511 also
Molecular Pathology
must take either LABMP 500 or LABMP 581;
recommended to take both LABMP 500 and LABMP 581

Students must maintain a cumulative program GPA of 3.0.

Students must be full time, i.e. must be registered in 9 units of course weight (graded and ungraded, and including thesis registration) each Fall and Winter term throughout their programs. Students new as of Fall 2011 must also be registered in Thesis 906 for each Spring and Summer term throughout their programs.

The minimum length of the PhD program is 3 years to a maximum of 6 years. Average completion time is 5 years.

Consult the LMP Independent Graduate Program Handbook for program details.

Students who began their program prior to Fall (September) 2013 and are in the Medical Sciences Graduate Program have no specialization other than Laboratory Medicine & Pathology. Consult the LMP Graduate Program Handbook (Medical Sciences Graduate Program) for program details.