The PhD program requires 72 credits:

  • 42 credits are required courses in the core curriculum
  • 18-20 credits are electives
  • Up to 12 credits (no fewer than 10) are for your dissertation


Program prerequisites include calculus, physics, chemistry, human anatomy, physiology and statistics.

Core Curriculum

Informal Degree Requirements

You may need to complete specialty training or certification to participate in certain research studies.

Doctoral Qualifying Examination

After completing a substantial portion of the recommended coursework, you will take a qualifying examination. Passing this exam demonstrates knowledge in your field of specialization and in research before beginning work on your dissertation. Learn more about the doctoral qualifying exam.


The program requires a minimum of 10 credit hours of dissertation research. The dissertation effort demands, in general, at least one year of full-time concentration in residence. Ultimately, the quality of the dissertation is the crucial consideration regardless of how many credit hours are allocated.

Application to Candidacy

After you have completed all major field experiences, successfully passed the qualifying examination, and presented your dissertation proposal in a department seminar, you’ll be entering the final stages of your degree program. At this time, you’ll file an Application to Candidacy form with UB’s Graduate School. The form summarizes the courses to be applied toward your degree. The Graduate School will then notify you of your acceptance to candidacy.

Review a timeline for the PhD program.