General Policies and Guidelines
Excerpts from the Policies and Guidelines (fall,2004) follow. For
a complete description and interpretation of any statement, please
contact the Program Office.
Summary of Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in
- Complete core and advanced courses with a minimum grade point
average of 3.0.
- Pass a preliminary examination.
- Prepare, present and defend a written dissertation proposal.
- Accumulate a minimum of 100 didactic, laboratory and research
semester hours in the program.
- Conduct research on an acceptable original problem, submit an
approved written dissertation and make a successful public defense
of the dissertation.
- Be certified by the Program Director as having completed all
requirements for the degree, including completion of an acceptable
- Meet residency requirements and be registered in the quarter
in which the defense is completed.
- Present one copy of the approved dissertation to the Program
office and one to the Graduate School via OhioLink.
- Fulfill all requirements within nine years of entrance into
Graduate credit applied toward the doctoral degree is valid for
only nine years from the date the student enters the Program.
Program requirements are as follows:
- by the end of year 1, dissertation director choice
- by the end of year 2, advanced courses, supervisory committee
formation, preliminary examination and teaching requirement
- by the end of year 3, written dissertation proposal,
- by the end of year 5, defense and submission of dissertation
- twice yearly, periodic supervisory committee meeting
If the above guides are followed, a student can complete the degree
requirements within five years of matriculation.
A minimum of 76 credit hours towards the degree must be completed
at Wright State University. A doctoral student must be enrolled
full time or for a minimum of three semesters after passing the preliminary
Students must maintain at least a 3.0 graduate point average in
all graduate work that is assigned letter grades. The grade of M
(satisfactory progress) is given for both non-dissertation and dissertation
research until the dissertation is accepted. These will then convert
to a pass (P) grade. A grade of unsatisfactory (U) or fail (F) in
non-dissertation or dissertation research hours will be documented
in a detailed memo from the student’s mentor. Consequences
for further unsatisfactory work will be dismissal from the Program.
Unsatisfactory work in either 10 credit hours of, or two, lab rotations
will also subject the student to dismissal. Special topics courses
are graded only on a pass/fail basis.
Waiver of Program Requirements
Students may request to be exempt from part of the core curriculum.
Students may also request waiver of credit for up to 12 hours of
advanced course credit provided the grade is a B or better, the
course was taken within four years of the request, the course relates
to the chosen area of concentration and the student’s mentor
is in agreement with the request. Requests for waivers should be
made to the Program office where the Director will make the final
decision. If necessary, the director may seek a recommendation from
the Program Curriculum Committee.
Financial support in the form of a monthly stipend and remission
of semester tuition fees is available to students on a competitive
basis and may be renewed for up to five years with satisfactory
Work Outside the Program
No student receiving financial support from the Program may hold
employment outside the Program without approval from the Program
Director. Approval may be granted only on a case-by-case basis.
Students should select a dissertation director by the end of the
first year of study. The director must be a full member of the BMS
Program faculty and be approved by the Program Director and the
The dissertation director and student will select three BMS Program
faculty to serve on the committee – no more than three of
these four (including the dissertation director) may be from the
department of the dissertation director. This committee list is
submitted to the Program Office where the Program Director will
assign a BMS representative to the committee.
The committee advises and supports the student in design, implementation
and interpretation of an appropriate biomedical research project.
The committee and student should meet at least twice a year. For
the preliminary examination, proposal, permission to write and dissertation
defense meeting, ALL committee members must be present.
Timetable for Graduation
Degrees are awarded three times a year in December, April and August. Commencement ceremonies are held only twice (Fall and
Spring). Filing periods for degree applications
are posted on the Graduate School's website – check
deadline dates early. The BMS Program does not permit participation
in the commencement ceremony unless the defense has been completed
prior to finals week before the ceremony. Students must be registered
the semester the degree is conferred. The Program office requires
one printed copy of the dissertation (with the completed signature
sheet, unbound). The Graduate School requires that the
dissertation be submitted online for uploading to OhioLink not later
than 30 days after the last day of the semester of graduation –
there are no exceptions.
Biomedical Sciences Faculty Membership
The BMS Program faculty are a subset of the Graduate School Faculty.
BMS faculty membership may be approved by the Academic Policies
Committee at either the Full or the Associate level. Privileges
and responsibilities at each level differ. Those interested in membership
should contact the Program Office for the appropriate paperwork