The PhD program in integrative biology encourages students to consider research questions from diverse biological perspectives, ultimately addressing their questions through the integration of concepts from multiple disciplines.
Our program provides a strong foundation in molecular and cellular biology, organismal and developmental biology, and ecology and evolution. We strive to:
- prepare students for innovative careers in academia, government and industry
- provide independent research experience
- promote competency in scientific communication
Students must complete 55 semester credits, of which 19 are from graduate courses numbered 500 or above. Required courses include:
- Biological Statistics
- Professional Communication
- one course each in Molecular & Cellular Biology, Organismal & Developmental Biology, and Evolution & Ecology
- one course in a cross-disciplinary topic
- 2 credits of BIO 525 (Graduate Student Seminar)
- 34 credits are of doctoral research credit
- A minimum 3.0 grade point average must be maintained
At the conclusion of formal coursework, the student forms a committee, passes a written qualifying exam, and separately writes and defends an original research proposal.
The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education approved UMass Dartmouth’s new Integrative Biology PhD program, preparing leaders on the life sciences.
Areas of research
Faculty in the Integrative Biology program work in broad areas of biology.
A limited number of assistantships are available on a competitive basis. This award is subject to the work needs of the position and department, your satisfactory performance of duties, your academic record, and availability of funds, and may be subject to change.
International (F-1) students who receive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees may be eligible to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT). To learn about the eligibility criteria and detailed steps to apply, please review the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) OPT page and USCIS resources. F-1 students must consult with the ISSC to apply for STEM OPT.