Students in the Department of Molecular Genetics will need to complete one or more examinations during their graduate career depending on the course of studies they choose.

Reclassification/Qualification Examination

Students who choose to transfer to the Ph.D. program once admitted to the M.Sc. program will need to complete a Reclassification Examination. Students who are admitted directly to the Ph.D. program (either with or without an M.Sc. degree) will need to complete a Qualification Examination unless otherwise indicated by their supervisory committee. These examinations take place roughly 18 months after commencement in the program.

M.Sc. Oral Examination

When all course requirements have been met and the Supervisory Committee has read and approved the thesis, students may schedule an M.Sc. oral exam. M.Sc. oral exams should take place 2 to 2.5 years after first registration. This examination is a formal defence of a thesis based on original scientific research conducted in the Department as well as a test of the student's general scientific knowledge and abilities.

Ph.D. Oral Examination

When all course requirements have been met and the supervisory committee has read and approved the thesis, students may proceed to the Ph.D. oral exam exam. The Department expects that the typical Ph.D. student will take about 5.5 years after first registration to complete the Ph.D.-related research, course work and thesis writing. It is the Department’s expectation that a Ph.D. thesis will contain at least two complete data chapters. The Ph.D. thesis exam is a formal defence of a thesis based on original scientific research as well as a test of the student's general scientific knowledge and abilities.