Examinations

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Students will complete one or more exams during their graduate careers.

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Insights and Strategies: the PhD Reclassification/Qualification Exam Panel
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Students in the Department of Molecular Genetics will need to complete one or more examinations during their graduate career depending on the course of studies they choose.

Exam Chair / Designated Examiner list

Exam Chair / Designated Examiner list

Brenda Andrews

Irene Andrulis

Philip Awadalla

Gary Bader

Benjamin Blencowe

Charles Boone

Julie Brill

John Brumell

Brian Ciruna

Julie Claycomb

Alan Cochrane

Ronald Cohn

Richard Collins

Sabine Cordes

Leah Cowen

Joe Culotti

Alan Davidson

Jim Dennis

Brent Derry

Peter Dirks

Daniel Durocher

Aled Edwards

Sean Egan

Oliver Ernst

Lori Frappier

Andrew Fraser

Scott Gray-Owen

Jack Greenblatt

Timothy Hughes

Chi-Chung Hui

David Kaplan

Lewis Kay

Mei Zhen

Jun Liu

Jason Moffat

Julien Muffat

William Navarre

Lucy Osborne

John Parkinson

Christopher Pearson

Miguel Ramalho-Santos

Jim Rini

Peter Roy

Steve Scherer

Ian Scott

Frank Sicheri

Lincoln Stein

Michael Tyers

Derek Van der Kooy

Michael Wilson

Jeff Wrana

Zhaolei Zhang

Reclassification/Qualification Exam (for PhD transfer or direct entry)

Students who choose to transfer to the Ph.D. program once admitted to the M.Sc. program will need to complete a Reclassification Examination. Students admitted directly to the Ph.D. program (either with or without an M.Sc. degree) will need to complete a Qualification Examination unless otherwise indicated by their supervisory committee. These examinations take place roughly 18 months after commencement in the program.

MSc Oral Exam

When students meet all course requirements and the Supervisory Committee has read and approved the thesis, they may schedule an MSc oral exam. MSc oral exams should take place 2 to 2.5 years after first registration. This examination is a formal defence of a thesis based on original scientific research conducted in the Department and a test of the student's general scientific knowledge and abilities.

MSc Thesis - Organization & Content

MSc Exam Committee & Scheduling

MSc Examination Process

Defending an MSc with Subsequent Admission to the PhD Program

PhD Oral Exam

When the candidate meets all course requirements and the supervisory committee has read and approved the thesis, students may proceed to the PhD oral exam. The Department expects that the typical PhD student will take about 5.5 years after first registration to complete the PhD-related research, course work and thesis writing. The Department expects that a PhD thesis will contain at least two complete data chapters. The PhD thesis exam is a formal defence of a thesis based on original scientific research and a test of the student's general scientific knowledge and abilities.

PhD Thesis - Organization & Content

PhD Exam Committee & Scheduling

PhD Examination Process

Commitments that Conflict With the Completion of a Student’s Degree