Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry

General Program Information for PhD Candidates (including post-BA and post-MA PhD)

Our interdisciplinary program called the Program in Biomedical Sciences incorporates didactic coursework and biomedical research to prepare our graduates for career advancement.  Our new Foundations in Biomedical Sciences (FiBS) curricula will be integrated into this exciting, new program. In the first year, PhD students will participate in the FiBS I core curriculum while rotating in a number of research laboratories.  As students progress through the program, they will have access to additional courses including in professional skills to assure that our PhDs and MD/PhDs are prepared for successful careers in academia, industry, local or federal government. After selection of a dissertation research laboratory, students will join the program/department with which the mentor is affiliated and continue advanced studies towards candidacy.

Apply to the PiBS PhD program through GMS

Financial support

Financial assistance in the form of tuition and health benefits as well as a living stipend is available to students in good standing in the PhD program.

Course Requirements for Students Entering Biochemistry Through the Program in Biomedical Sciences

  • GMS FC 701, FC 702, FC 703, FC 704, FC 706
    Foundations in Biomedical Sciences (FiBS I) Modules I, II, III, IV and V
  • GMS BI 777 Techniques in Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology
  • GMS MS 700 or GMS MS 570 Biostatistics
  • Advanced electives
  • Research credits

(see Course Descriptions for more details)

Note: Course requirements for post-MA PhD candidates are identical to those required for the PhD candidates except for the number of research credits

Qualifying Examination

Candidates for the PhD degree must pass both a written qualifying examination and an oral qualifying examination.

Thesis Advisory Committee & Thesis Defense

Upon completion of qualifying exams, PhD candidates present a research proposal to a five-member Thesis Advisory Committee. The committee is assembled at least once annually to discuss the progress of the accepted proposal. Once the Thesis Advisory Committee determines that the research work is complete, the student writes and defends the thesis.

For additional information please contact:

Barbara M. Schreiber, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies, Dept of Biochemistry
Boston University School of Medicine
72 E. Concord Street, K207
Boston, MA 02118