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2018-2019 Augusta University Catalog 
2018-2019 Augusta University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Molecular Medicine

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About the Molecular Medicine Program

The Molecular Medicine program combines the resources of basic science and clinical medicine for an interdisciplinary approach to understanding disease processes. Based in an interdisciplinary research institute rather than an academic department, the program includes approximately 40 faculty members drawn from clinical and basic science departments. Students are encouraged to design their own program of study according to their interests and in consultation with their faculty mentor and advisory committee. Focused on discovering the molecular basis of human disease, research opportunities include neurobiology, immunology, molecular chaperones, radiobiology and cancer biology, regenerative medicine and reproductive medicine. For more information please visit the Biomedical Sciences PhD website at or the Molecular Medicine website at

Admissions Information

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

Graduate Research Assistantships

Students accepted into the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program are eligible to receive a Graduate Research Assistantship package, which provides a competitive annual stipend (currently set at $25,500 for the 2018/19 academic year), and a reduced tuition rate of $25 per semester. Graduate Research Assistants are also offered two health insurance plans and a portion or up to all (100%) of the single-person premium costs will be covered by Augusta University depending on the plan that is selected. Students are responsible for paying standard student fees (approximately $1,035 per semester).

Program Contact Information
Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Lynnette McCluskey

Year Two

The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum is not lock-step; students do not graduate as a class at the end of a specific semester. The average time to degree is approximately 5 years of full-time, year-round study; acceptable duration of the program is between 3 and 7 years. The number and type of advanced (2nd year and beyond) or elective courses vary, and may include courses within the Molecular Medicine program as well as courses in other disciplines.

Molecular Medicine Advanced Courses

Elective Course Options (Minimum of six credit hours)

Additional Requirements

In addition to specific course requirements, students must complete additional PhD degree requirements, including satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination, development and approval of a research proposal, writing and approval of the doctoral dissertation, and satisfactory performance on the Final Oral Examination (dissertation defense). See PhD Student Guide for additional requirements and details.

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