Qualifying Examination

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All Immunology Program students complete a qualifying examination by the end of June of the first year. PhD students must pass this examination to begin full-time thesis research.

The exam requires the preparation and defense of an original research proposal that is not related to future dissertation work or to prior research experiences. The exam is designed to measure originality and independence and requires that the student suggest a feasible research project on a biologically significant problem, outline a potential experimental approach to its solution, and discuss the likely data that could be obtained. An oral defense of this proposal is designed to probe the ability of the student to integrate and evaluate material learned in more abstract settings.

Preparation for the examination is directed by a Qualifier Adviser who mentors students in topic selection and assists students in shaping the focus of their topic.

Tufts Medical Center

Tufts MC Atrium

Tufts Medical Center is home to many Sackler faculty members.

Hirsh Library

Library

The Hirsh Library provides access to a wide-range of journals and welcoming study spaces.

Health Science Campus

Health Science Campus Sign

The Health Sciences Campus is home to Sackler, the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nutrition, Tufts Medical Center and several research institutes.

Apply to the Sackler School

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research