The Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope offers a rigorous program of coursework and laboratory research culminating in a Ph.D. degree. The goal is to develop professionally-trained scientists, prepared for a career in academic, medical or industrial research. Time to complete the program varies, depending on a student’s previous experience and the dissertation project chosen. On arrival, each student is assigned a faculty advisor to evaluate his or her academic and research progress.
During the first year, the student must complete:
The Core Curriculum is the main lecture requirement. It consists of seven courses, one lab and an advanced topic course.
Laboratory Education is the foundation of the Ph.D. program. The lab rotations enable the student to focus on a research topic and mentor.
The Leading-Edge Lecture Series is a student-run endeavor. Each year the students select eight biomedical scientists to present a research seminar. Before each talk, the students and a faculty administrator will meet for a presentation and discussion session. Here, a student sponsor will summarize one or two of the most relevant articles by the invited scientist and lead a discussion of the techniques and data with the other students. Students will then attend the seminar and lead the question and answer session that follows. First-year students are required to attend at least two Leading-Edge Lecture events.
At the end of the first year, students are required to write a short proposal based on the Fundamentals of Scientific Research course. They then prepare and orally defend a research proposal based on an original topic unrelated to previous work conducted by the student.
Find information on semester credits for coursework and research, dissertation requirements, grade requirements, and other administrative policies and procedures here.