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Frequently Asked Questions

How many applications do you receive and how many of those are admitted?

Last year we received 125 applications and made 23 offers of admission.

What are the average GPA and GRE scores of your admitted students?

The average GPA of accepted students for the Fall 2012 term is 3.71. The average GRE percentiles are Verbal: 87.5; Quantitative: 83.8, and Writing: 4.6/71.7.

What percentage of your students are women, underrepresented minorities, international, full or part time?

Of the currently 77 students in the program, 62% are women, 8% are underrepresented minorities, and 4% are international. 100% of our students are full-time; we do not have a part-time program.

What kind of financial support do students receive?

All of our admitted students receive full financial support to include tuition, fees, health insurance, and a stipend. The stipend for the 2012-2013 academic year will be $30,500.

Do you offer a Master's degree in Immunology?

No, we only offer the Ph.D. degree.

What courses are required for the program? Do you accept transfer credits?

Please see our handbook for a list of the required courses. While it is possible for us to accept up to eight units of transfer credit, in most cases, students will still need to take the majority of the required courses in the list, regardless of the number of transfer credits they have.

What other requirements exist?

All students are required to complete two laboratory rotations lasting at least twelve weeks each (each taking place in the laboratory of a different IGG faculty member), as well as an “advisory rotation” completed during the first fall semester. To ensure breadth of the training experience, each rotation must be approved by the Graduate Group Chair prior to its initiation. It is usual, but not a requirement, that the dissertation laboratory be chosen from one of these two labs.

It is also expected that every student will attend the weekly Immunology Colloquium, participate in formal journal clubs of his or her choice, and attend the yearly IGG retreat. Weekly attendance at the IGG journal club and Colloquium is mandatory for first and second year students to remain in good standing in the program.

Is there a teaching requirement?

We do not have a teaching requirement.

Do you have qualifying or preliminary exams?

Yes, students take two preliminary exams, the second of which is their qualifying exam. Please see our handbook for a description of the preliminary exam format.

Is this a nine or twelve month program?

The Immunology Ph.D. program spans the entire calendar year. Although students only take classes during the academic year (September – May), they complete lab rotations or dissertation research during the summer months.

How are mentors assigned?

Mentors are not assigned, they are chosen by the students after speaking with various PIs, receiving advice from the IGG Chair and perhaps current students to determine the most appropriate match.

How does the dissertation process work?

Please see our handbook for a description of the research process, requirements, and the defense process.

What is the typical length of the program?

Although the time to complete the degree can vary, it takes our students an average of five years, start to finish, to complete the coursework, complete their dissertation research, and write and defend their theses.

Can you give examples of student research topics?

Dissertation titles of recent graduates have included the following:

What positions do graduates of the program take?

Most of our graduates go on to do research in industry, post-doctoral positions in academia, or continuation of medical or veterinary school if they are in a combined degree program. Recent graduates have taken positions at Harvard University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, the Max Planck Institute for Immunology (Germany), La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, Centocor, and Pfizer.