Joint Degrees & Related Programs

Joint Degrees

Students completing a Ph.D. degree have several options for additional training. Additional joint programs or degrees may be pursued by receiving approval from the MCB Program Directors. 

Concurrent Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) PhD/ Epidemiology MS Program

The goal of this program is to train basic scientists who will be well versed in modern epidemiological research methodologies, which should broaden their abilities to obtain positions at academic research institutions as well as in industry. The program will involve approximately 4 additional quarters in graduate school. A stipend for achieving the M.S. degree will be offered through an NIH interdisciplinary training grant.

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Joint MBA Program

The Master of Business Administration (Joint MBA) Program offered at the Bothell campus allows students to pursue a business degree while enrolled in the MCB program. Students are responsible for the additional tuition charged for the MBA degree.

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Medical Sciences Training Program

The MD/PhD Program at the University of Washington is dedicated to the training of medical scientists who desire to carry out fundamental research in clinically important human diseases. The program is funded in part by the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) from the National Institutes of Health. This program is national in scope and accepts students from all regions of the country.

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Related Programs

Summer Biotechnology Externship Program

MCB students have the opportunity to experience research in industry firsthand through this  externship program in coordination with companies in the Puget Sound area. MCB students are encouraged to apply to participate in this program in the early spring. Applications are reviewed by the Externship Program Director, and then submitted to participating companies in hopes of finding a match. This externship is available only during the first summer to students who have completed 3 rotations and identified a dissertation laboratory. Students are supported by MCB for the summer quarter.

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Certificate in Molecular Medicine

The Molecular Medicine Training Program (MMTP) at the University of Washington is designed to train Ph.D. researchers to use advances in basic sciences to solve problems relevant to human disease; and, conversely, to use insights from human disease processes to solve fundamental biological problems. Training in Molecular Medicine incorporates 3 key elements: case-based courses, clinical exposure, and dual mentorship of Ph.D. research.

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