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About the Program

The Ph.D. in Tumor Biology provides students with a solid understanding of the cellular, molecular, biochemical, and pathobiological basis of cancer, combined with training in research methodology, and analytical and statistical techniques. Based within the NCI designated Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, there is a strong emphasis on the clinical-translational aspects of cancer biology with courses on the basis and application of current and developing therapeutic strategies, participation in clinical conferences, and health disparities. Students participate in laboratory-based research from the start of the program with laboratory rotations over the summer and throughout the first and second semester so that they can find a laboratory in which to conduct their thesis work as soon as possible.

The M.S. in Tumor Biology program is a one-year program with admissions in the fall semester. Students will learn basic concepts in cancer biology. Topics include biochemistry, pharmacology, prevention and methodology specific to cancer research. Students will be trained in basic laboratory techniques and will be expected to complete a research project. Graduates from our program will have a comprehensive understanding of the underlying mechanisms of cancer progression and the existing clinical challenges in treating this disease. The Master of Science in Tumor Biology has two tracks – Standard Tumor Biology Track and Cancer Systems Biology Track.

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Degrees Offered

  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.

Accelerated program (Georgetown students only)

  • B.S./M.S.

Joint degree program 

  • M.D./Ph.D.
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Admissions Requirements

For general graduate admissions requirements, visit the Office of Graduate Admission’s Application Information page. Review the program’s website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit our Application Information page for additional details and FAQs.
  • WES Evaluation – Ph.D. applicants only (if applicable)
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • GRE Score (recommended)
  • TOEFL/IELTS  (if applicable)
    • TOEFL = 80 minimum
    • IELTS = 7.0 minimum
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Application Deadlines

Ph.D. Program
  • Summer: December 1
M.S. Program
  • Fall: July 1
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Degree Requirements

Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. curriculum consists of 33 credit hours (two years) of didactic coursework, laboratory training, cancer literature discussion groups, and seminar series (see the doctoral curriculum).

Upon completion of coursework, the student must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination. The student then enters the thesis research phase of training in the laboratory of a faculty mentor, culminating with the preparation of a written dissertation and its oral defense.

Students are also required to maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average for all coursework. In addition, current topics and student seminars must be attended each semester until completion of the Ph.D. program.

M.S. Program

The M.S. degree option is a 30-credit program requiring a minimum of 24 credits of non-research coursework plus 6 credits of Cancer Research Techniques (laboratory research experience).

The M.S. program provides 2 tracks: Standard Track or Cancer Systems Biology Track (see the master’s curriculum).

M.D./Ph.D. Program

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