Life Sciences and Clinical Investigation Dual Degree Requirements

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


Required DGP courses

DGP courses for the dual degree will be selected from existing courses in the DGP (NULABS) curriculum.

The DGP requires a total of eight graduate level courses.

  1. To fulfill this requirement, PhD/MS students will take a minimum of six DGP courses.
  2. These will include four DGP “core curriculum” courses, as well as appropriate electives to a total of at least six.
  3. After a minimum of six DGP courses, the remaining electives (to a total of eight courses) can be taken from either the MSCI or DGP curriculum.

Required MSCI Courses

The MSCI component of the degree is 7 units to complete. It requires the following core courses plus three additional elective units.  DGP/MSCI students are required to take the following:

  1. Biostatistics for Clinical Investigators 1 (MSCI 321) (1 unit)
  2. Introduction to Epidemiology (MSCI 322) (1 unit)
  3. Biostatistics for Clinical Investigators 2 (MSCI 421) (1 unit)
  4. Introduction to Translational Research (MSCI 422) (1 unit)

Elective MSCI Courses

Of the remaining units of elective coursework, one DGP elective course is accepted. The remaining two electives must be taken from the MSCI elective list.

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.