Two types of master's degrees are available. For the non-thesis option, the student takes a minimum of 33 semester hours of course work, including 18 hours in the students' primary area of interest, in lieu of the thesis. The thesis master's degree program consists of a minimum of 24 semester hours of courses and a research-based thesis. The doctoral program normally requires approximately 48 semester hours of credit in the students' primary and related areas of interest, together with the preparation of an acceptable scholarly thesis.
Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships
Several half-time graduate assistantships, with stipends comparable to other graduate programs, are available to graduate students in health sciences. Assistantships include the remission of nonresident tuition and certain fees.
Graduate teaching assistants are required to help in the laboratory and the classroom. However, the amount of service required does not exceed 20 hours a week so an assistant can carry approximately two-thirds of the normal graduate program course load.
Through the Purdue Research Foundation, a limited number of research assistantships in health sciences have been made available for intensive, scientific training of capable, creative graduate students in health sciences. Appointments are made on an annual basis and are subject to renewal. Stipends vary, and all awards include remission of nonresident tuition and certain fees. For further information about health sciences research assistantships, write to the head of the School of Health Sciences.
Other fellowships are available from time to time from agencies such as the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and certain industries and private foundations.
The School is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments for training and research in the areas specified.
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