VMED PhD Degree Timeline & Course Requirements

Course Requirements

Formal coursework for the PhD degree varies according to the field of study, interests, and career goals of individual students. Courses may be taken in disciplines other than veterinary medicine. Students wishing to enroll in a 4000-level course need to consult with their advisor and the director of graduate studies prior to registration to use the course in their degree program. Such courses may be appropriate to supplement any deficiencies in the student’s academic background provided:

  • A maximum of nine 4000-level course credits may be used to satisfy the doctoral course requirements.
  • At least 60 percent of the coursework on the official graduate degree plan must be completed as a registered University of Minnesota graduate student. Approved transfer coursework may make up the remaining 40 percent of degree credits and can include a maximum of 12 graduate credits taken as a non-degree seeking or non-admitted student.
  • Transfer of thesis credits is not allowed.
  • At least two-thirds of course credits must be taken with grades A-F. 

Required courses:

  • VMED 5190 Seminar and Presentation Development for Graduate Students
  • VMED 5910 Grant Writing: What Makes a Winning Proposal?
  • VMED 8134 Ethical Conduct of Animal Research
  • VMED 8550 Veterinary Medicine Seminar (2 credits)
  • At least three additional 8000-level courses in major field
  • At least one course in Biostatistics (two are recommended)

Recommended courses to fulfill biostatistics requirement credits:

  • PUBH 6414 Biostatistical Methods I 3 
  • PUBH 6415 Biostatistical Methods II 3 
  • PUBH 6450 Biostatistics I 4 
  • PUBH 6451 Biostatistics II 4 
  • Stat 5021 Statistical Analysis 4 
  • Stat 5031 Statistical Methods for Quality Improvement 4 
  • Stat 5302 Applied Regression Analysis 4 
  • Stat 5303 Designing Experiments 4 
  • Stat 5421 Analysis of Categorical Data 3

Statistics courses other than those recommended can be used to fulfill these elective requirements with the approval of the student’s advisor, the thesis committee, and the program advisory committee.

Degree Timeline

The following timeline is recommended for all Ph.D. students in the VMED program. Completion of requirements as described will ensure that each student will progress through the program in an efficient and timely manner.

Year Two

  • Continue coursework.
  • Schedule first committee meeting during fall semester to discuss thesis proposal and submit committee meeting report form.
  • Submit thesis proposal to committee for review.
  • Meet with committee to present thesis proposal and obtain committee members' signatures on form (written preliminary exam).
  • Schedule and complete preliminary oral exam before end of summer.

Year Three

Year Four

  • Complete thesis research, write and defend dissertation.
  • Schedule and complete annual committee meeting and submit committee meeting report form.
  • Request graduation packet from Graduate Student Services and Progress (GSSP).
  • Submit Application for degree to Onestop.
  • Provide draft of thesis to committee (allow at least three weeks for review) and obtain signatures on thesis reviewers’ report form.
  • Provide graduate program coordinator with thesis title, date, time and location of thesis defense (two weeks prior to defense).
  • Complete final oral defense/examination online scheduling form and submit thesis reviewers’ form to GSSP (at least one week prior to defense).
  • Submit final oral examination report form to GSSP.

Year One

Begin coursework.

  • Required courses are:
    • Statistics course
    • VMED 8134 Ethical Conduct of Animal Research
    • VMED 8550 Veterinary Medicine Seminar (2 credits)
    • Three additional 8000-level major or supporting courses
  • Submit Graduate Degree Plan by end of Year One.
  • Identify thesis committee members and submit form for approval at end of Year One.