The University of Michigan

Timeline to Degree

CMB student training programs are individually developed according to the student's research program and scientific interests. The following are requirements for graduation:

More details are available in the student handbook. A typical timeline is as follows:

1st year (PIBS)

Milestone Timing
Lab Rotations (2 mandatory; additional possible) Fall & Winter Terms (within PIBS)
Course work Fall & winter terms
Responsibility in Research End of first year (within PIBS)
Selection of thesis advisor Spring Term

2nd year: CMB (pre-candidate)

Milestone Timing
Completion of coursework (15 credits total) End of 2nd year
Student Seminar (CMB 850) Throughout
Short Courses (CMB 630) Attend at least 4 semesters
Preliminary exam Winter of 2nd year
Advancement to candidacy Winter of 2nd year

3rd year and beyond: CMB (candidate)

Milestone Timing
Teaching (one term) End of the 4th year
Student Seminar (CMB 850) Throughout
Short Courses (CMB 630) Attend at least 4 semesters
Thesis committee meetings Every 6 months
Completion of degree requirements Usually 4-6 years (avg. 5 yr)