All Master degrees are granted in Pathobiology. Programs must be completed within six years with the student maintaining continuous registration. Your graduate committee should consist of a major advisor who is a member of the Graduate School and a member of the department, two or three associate advisors should be identified who compliment the area of anticipated research interest. This committee should be formed with the first six months of the student's arrival to assist with course planning. The student should have frequent committee meetings to discuss research and academic progress. Plan of Study should be submitted prior to completing twelve credits of course work. An outline of proposed research should be presented to your committee for discussion at the end of the second semester of study. Students should also present their research prospectus early in their research program, usually within the first year. The prospectus is presented in a formal seminar setting in the form of a graduate student seminar. This seminar is an open forum for students and faculty. After the formal seminar, faculty and committee members discuss the research proposal. Students are encouraged to submit publications and present papers at meetings. Finally the student must present a final draft of the thesis to their committee at least three weeks prior to defense. The student will then present at a research seminar and defend their thesis publicly. The faculty will be invited to discuss the thesis and the student will meet with their committee and discuss the outcome of the exam.