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The program offers a variety of graduate degrees:

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The PhD degree is appropriate for students that wish to pursue a career in research or academia. It requires the successful defense of a body of work in research that demonstrates that the student is capable of quality independent research.

Master of Science (M.S.) Plan A
A traditional MS program, the MS Plan A has coursework and research, culminating in a successful thesis research. The breadth and depth of research accomplishments are less stringent than those of the PhD program.

Master of Science (M.S.) Plan B
This program is intended for students that want to broaden their knowledge base and do limited research, but are not intending on pursuing a research career. Students take one-and-a-half times the amount of credits in the MS Plan A, but do only a small research experiment, together with a case report and an in-depth literature review.

D.V.M.-Ph.D. Combined Program
The combined degree program is a collaboration between the basic sciences and clinical medicine. Clinician scientists are skilled in both hypothesis-based research and clinical practice. The combined degree curriculum requires completion of all professional degree requirements as well as additional graduate study and bench research leading to the completion of a PhD thesis. Click the link for detailed information.

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