We invite you to become a valued member of a vibrant and productive scientific community. As our graduate student, you will be guided toward enhancing your critical and analytical thinking skills, and attaining modern research expertise essential to your career progression. Our advanced biomedical programs and excellent research facilities coupled with our location in the Research Triangle Park area offer an excellent environment in which to study. Our program boasts several opportunities for research seminars, internships and other cultural and academic enhancements to enrich your education. We offer our students greater depth and breadth in course work and introduce them to creative and productive inquiry leading to careers in teaching; research in governmental, industrial and academic organizations; and entrance into doctoral programs We require from students seeking unconditional admission to the program a "B" average for a minimum of 30 credits of undergraduate biology, credit for four semesters of chemistry, two semesters of physics, and mathematics through Calculus I. The DOB Chair exercises ultimate departmental authority over all matters pertaining to graduate education. The Chair may delegate authority to the Departmental Graduate Committee, chaired by the DOB Graduate Program Director, for operation and policies of the graduate program.
The comprehensive exam can be taken in July/Summer session of Year I, or in November/Fall semester of Year II or April/Spring semester of Year II.
Upon passing the comprehensive exam and satisfying the foreign language requirement, students can submit their Application for Admission to Candidacy. The thesis-option students should have secured a research advisor by end of year I, consulted with the research advisor to identify faculty to serve on thesis committee, and completed The Plan of the Thesis to be submitted alongside the candidacy documents.
* Students in the thesis option must submit a written progress report of their research, approved by their advisor, at the end of each semester to the DOB Graduate Program Director.
& Students can take up to 6 credits of BIOG5800 that count towards the total of 30 credits and towards their GPA.
Credits required from core courses: 17 credits. Total credits in the thesis option: 30 credits
**For students in the non-thesis only 3 credits of BIOG5800 count towards the total of 36 credits and towards their GPA.
Credits required from core courses: 17 credits.
Total credits in the non-thesis option: 36 credits
Elective Courses in Biology include:
Elective Courses in affiliated departments (e.g. Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Science) include:
For information on faculty research interests, please visit the department of biology webpage at http://www.nccu.edu/academics/sc/artsandsciences/biology/index.cfm and click on the “faculty research interests link”
University regulations require that a graduate student has six calendar years to complete the degree. The six-year limit begins on the date of the student's registration in his/her first course for a graduate degree at NCCU. When special circumstances warrant, extension of time may be requested by petition to the Dean of the Graduate School. The policy on extension of period of study is described in detail in both the university catalog and the Graduate School Handbook.
Upon approval by the Department of Biology and the Graduate School, a student may be permitted to transfer a maximum of six credits from a previously attended graduate or professional school program. Through the inter-institutional agreements with Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State University and Wake Forest University students can take approved graduate courses toward the M.S. degree when such courses are not offered at NCCU.
To obtain detailed information on the policies, procedures, and requirements of the Graduate School, students should refer to the University Catalog and the Graduate School’s Graduate Student Handbook in reference to the following topics:
To obtain specific departmental information, students should refer to the Department of Biology Graduate Student Handbook.
North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC 27707