The University tracks your progress toward the degree by means of a series of
Graduate Milestones. Successfully completing each milestone is a University
requirement for the PhD degree. The following briefly describes the milestones
for the School of Medicine Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program.
Please contact the Graduate Studies Office for more information (412-648-8957).
I. The Preliminary Evaluation. Conducted by the STEERING
Committee at the conclusion of your first year of study.
II. The Comprehensive Examination. An oral and written
examination usually conducted at the end of the second year of study by the
student's degree-granting program.
After or at the time of passing the Comprehensive Exam, the student, in
consultation with his/her advisor, chooses and nominates a dissertation
III. The Prospectus/Overview Meeting. The student's
dissertation advisory committee meets and approves the dissertation proposal at
IV. Admission to PhD Candidacy. This is the formal petition
from a student permitting him/her to study toward the PhD degree at the
University of Pittsburgh. It must be approved by the Associate Dean for
After being Admitted to Candidacy, the University requires students to meet with
their dissertation advisory committee yearly, at a minimum, and report the
results in the form of a summary of progress and action plan for future work to
the Graduate Studies Office in writing.
V. Dissertation Defense. When the experimental work and written
dissertation are completed, a public defense is held in accordance with
University regulations. The Dissertation Defense Report is signed and submitted
to the Graduate Studies Office following the defense.
VI. Dissertation Approval. The Dissertation Approval Report is
signed by your committee and submitted to the Graduate Studies Office upon
completion and approval of all revisions to the written document.