Diploma Policy in the Division of Human Health Sciences

Candidates under the Human Health Science MS program must be enrolled for a period of 2+ years and complete a minimum of 30 units of coursework in subjects consistent with the educational philosophy of the School of Human Health Science. Additionally, candidates must receive ongoing research training, submit a Master’s thesis and pass an oral thesis defense. Required coursework falls into one of four major subject classifications: Major required subjects, general required subjects, electives and special research assignments. A candidate can obtain coursework units by attending lectures, seminars, labs, clinical training sessions and field work.

CNS program candidates must be enrolled for a period of 2+ years and complete a minimum of 32 units of coursework in (cancer CNS) subjects consistent with the educational philosophy of the School of Human Health Science. Additionally, candidates must submit a Master’s thesis and pass an examination administered by the School of Human Health Science.

A panel of judges will comprehensively evaluate a Master’s thesis based on criteria such as novelty, academic significance, creativity and practical applicability. Similarly, in addition to being evaluated on research progress, ethical considerations, and ability to logically present the outcome of a study, degree candidates will be tested in order to confirm that they possess ample knowledge in the field of study.

Candidates accepted under the Human Health Science PhD program must be enrolled for a period of 3+ years and complete a minimum of 16 units of coursework (special lectures, special seminars, merger unit courses and special research assignments) in subjects consistent with the educational philosophy of the School of Human Health Science. Additionally, candidates must receive ongoing research training, submit a PhD thesis and pass an oral thesis defense.

A panel of judges will comprehensively evaluate a PhD thesis based on criteria such as novelty, academic significance, creativity and practical applicability. Similarly, in addition to being evaluated on research progress, a candidate must hold to the highest standards of ethics, and must demonstrate the ability to logically present the outcome of a study. Furthermore, degree candidates will be tested in order to confirm that they possess ample knowledge in subjects encompassing the field of study. Only those who successfully meet all of the defined requirements will be awarded the PhD degree.