Graduate Programs

Programs leading to:

  • Master of Sciences (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in:
    • Anatomy Biochemistry Pharmacology and Toxicology Physiology Microbiology and Medical Zoology
    • Biology through intercampus (UPR-Medical Sciences and Rio Piedras) program

The MS program takes two or more years of study to be completed. In the master’s program, the required courses are completed during the first two or three semesters, leaving the final year for research and thesis completion.

  • Credit requirements:
    • 24 credits in biomedical courses
    • 6 credits in thesis research
      Total 30 credits

The Ph.D. program may take three or more years of study to be completed. After completion of the required courses, doctoral students must pass a qualifying examination. In addition the student must present and successfully defend his or her thesis proposal.

  • Credit requirements:
    • 45 credits in courses
    • 15 credits in thesis research
      Total 60 credits

Students participate in a wide variety of seminars, workshops, and analogous activities scheduled by the departments. They may also participate in clinical activities that may be germane to their research topic.The graduate faculty fosters interdisciplinary collaboration between basic and clinical scientists in an effort to broaden the exposure of the students beyond what is traditionally expected in biomedical research.