Degrees awarded in the Graduate Program in Oral Biology are conferred by the Graduate School. Individual programs of study are subject to the requirements of the Graduate School. Students are thus encouraged to familiarize themselves with the regulations contained in the Graduate School Catalog . In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, the Oral Biology Graduate Program has established its own policies and guidelines.
Graduate School Requirements
The Graduate School Catalog contains detailed information concerning registration, degree requirements, program and thesis registration, and other procedures and deadlines. The Director of Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor will assist the student in complying with Graduate School requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to meet all Graduate School requirements and deadlines as outlined in the Catalog.
Selecting an Advisor
New students will be under the general supervision of the Director of Graduate Studies, or assigned a temporary advisor by the Director of Graduate Studies. Students should familiarize themselves as rapidly as possible with faculty members in the Graduate Program in Oral Biology through tutorials, seminars, and informal contacts. Students must choose an advisor by the end of the first semester in residence. Students may change advisors subsequently, with the advice and consent of the Director of Graduate Studies. Selection of an advisor is critically important, since the student and advisor together plan the student’s program of coursework and the thesis research project. Research rotations are available with faculty members for those students who wish to become familiar with faculty research to aid in selection of an advisor.
Waiver of Core Courses
Demonstration that equivalent course(s) were successfully (grade of B or better) completed at the University of Minnesota or elsewhere may result in the waiving of core course(s) as appropriate.
Evaluation of Student Progress
To remain in good academic standing in the Oral Biology Graduate Program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in both the major and minor areas. A student who does not obtain a GPA of 3.0 in any one semester will be placed on academic probation for the following semester. Students with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 for two consecutive semesters will be terminated from the program. Only grades of A or B are acceptable in all oral biology topics courses. Receipt of a lower grade in an oral biology topics course requires repetition of the course.
Students will not be permitted to register for additional courses if they have more than 6 credits of incomplete coursework. Students must also satisfy Graduate School requirements for the MS or PhD degrees, as outlined below and in the Graduate School Catalog.