Admission requirements of the Graduate Council of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, apply. In addition, all applicants must furnish three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with their scholastic or professional performance.
Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree with course work in chemistry through organic, mathematics through calculus, physics, and basic biology. More advanced study in biology such as biochemistry, mammalian anatomy, histology, cell biology, or other appropriate biomedical courses from an accredited university is recommended.
Applicants for admission to the Master of Science degree program (1) whose backgrounds include no formal training in the biomedical field beyond the baccalaureate degree or (2) who do not have a professional degree from a U.S.-accredited institution will be required to score at least 300 for the quantitative and verbal sections of the Graduate Record Examination (1,000 if taken before August 1, 2011).
Students must complete a minimum of 24 hours of course work and 6 hours of Thesis CMMD 500 or CMVM 500 . Comparative and Experimental Medicine CMVM 504 , CMMD 541 , and CMVM 542 are required, as are 4 hours of 600-level graduate journal clubs. In addition, students must take at least 3 hours of 500- or 600-level statistics and a minimum of 8 hours of course work in a specified discipline. Areas of emphasis may include hematology, oncology, pathology, pharmacology, toxicology, immunology, genetics, infectious disease, epidemiology, metabolism, or other areas of medicine. Exceptions to accommodate students with specific interests must be approved by the Joint Graduate Coordinating Committee after application, in writing, to the director.
The graduate committee (at least three members) is chosen as early as possible during the first year and must include at least one member from the College of Veterinary Medicine and at least one member from the Graduate School of Medicine. If a minor is declared, one member must be from the minor discipline. A final oral examination must be passed at the completion of the program.