Students / Master's Program / Timeline

Normative Time to Degree: Students can complete all of the course work requirements within five to six quarters. Master's degree students typically fulfill either the thesis or capstone requirement in two to three years (six to nine academic quarters).


Typical Timeline and Sequence of Events

Year One Fall Winter Spring
PTX 201 (5 units) PTX 202 (4 units) PTX 203 (4 units)
PTX 290 (Meet the faculty) PTX 290 (lab rotation presentations, Plan I)
Other seminar (Plan II)
PTX 290 (seminar)
PTX 290 (lab rotation presentations, Plan I)
Other seminar (Plan II)
Advanced/breadth requirement elective courses (3 - 5 units) Advanced/breadth requirement elective courses (3 - 5 units)
Remediate any prerequisite deficiencies Laboratory research rotations (3 - 6 units, Plan I) STA 100 - Biostatistics (4 units)
Laboratory research rotations (3 - 6 units, Plan I) Begin thesis research (Plan I)
Begin capstone faculty mentor identification and work (Plan II)
File advancement to candidacy form
Take written prequalifying examination in June
June: Annual assessment of coursework and research by major professor and graduate advisor
Year Two Fall (Written Prequalifying Examination completed) Winter Spring
PTX 290 (Grant writing) Ethics seminar PTX 290
Advanced/breadth requirement elective courses (3 - 5 units) Advanced/breadth requirement elective courses (3 - 5 units) Thesis research (Plan I)
Capstone work (Plan II)
Thesis research (Plan I)
Capstone work (Plan II)
Thesis research (Plan I)
Capstone work (Plan II)
Meet with thesis committee (Plan I)
Meet with Capstone faculty mentor (Plan II)
June: Annual assessment of coursework and research (Plan I)/capstone (Plan II) by major professor/capstone faculty mentor and graduate advisor
Year Two - Three Summer Fall Winter/Spring
Finish Thesis research (Plan I)
Finish Capstone work (Plan II)
Finish Thesis research (Plan I) and file with Graduate Studies
Finish Capstone work (Plan II) and file with Graduate Studies

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