Ph.D. Program


  • Concentrations in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental biology (MCD) and Environmental, Ecology, and Evolutionary biology (E3B).
  • Total of 72 credit hours to include 5 courses core curriculum, at least 3 electives, seminar, and a minimum of 18 credit hours of research and thesis
  • Core Ph.D. curriculum includes BIOL8101 Hypothesis Testing, BIOL8102 Cellular and Molecular BiologyBIOL8140 Evolutionary BiologyBIOL 8260 Careers in Bioscience: Professional Development, and seminar BIOL8201
  • Progression through the Ph.D. program is consistently tracked through completion of appropriate milestones and meetings with the student’s mentor and dissertation committee. Each student must select a dissertation research mentor during the first year. By the end of their third semester, students formalize selection of a research mentor and form a qualifying exam/dissertation committee. The qualifying examination is conducted in two parts, a written component covering general areas of biological sciences related to the core curriculum, and an oral component covering more specific topics of the student’s research. The student develops a proposal of his/her intended thesis research and must support the proposal in an oral defense to the dissertation committee. Students must submit their research results to peer-reviewed publications in order to receive external review of their research contribution. Each student must publicly defend his or her thesis followed by a defense of the work to the dissertation committee.
  • Average time to completion of the Ph.D. degree in the program currently is 5.5 years
  • Students have opportunity for teaching assistanships or research assistantships and eligible students receive tuition renumeration (GASP award) and health insurance through the Graduate School.

Program Description                                                                     

Program Overview
Degree Requirements
Advancement to Candidacy
Student's Dissertation Committee
MD Ph.D. Program


Admissions Requirements, Procedures and Deadlines
Living in Charlotte NC

Financial Aid

North Carolina Residency
Teaching/Research Assistantships
Tuition Awards and Health Insurance

Ph.D. Students


Graduate Faculty

Program Graduate Faculty

Links to Associated Departments and Faculty websites

Biological Sciences
Bioinformatics and Genomics
Carolina Medical Center
Civil Engineering
Computer Science/IT
Mechanical Engineering
Physics and Optical Science
Public Health Sciences


For more information contact:

Christine Richardson, Ph.D

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Biology, Woodward Hall 386B
9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte NC 28223