The PhD in Biology is a research degree requiring graduate-level coursework, completion of a dissertation, and two semesters of participation in teaching (usually as a teaching fellow in laboratory or discussion sections of lecture courses led by Biology faculty). For most students, obtaining this degree typically involves five or more years of full-time study.

The Biology Department guarantees support for five years for all PhD students, contingent on satisfactory performance in the program.

Boston University is one of 8 universities selected to participate in the AAU PhD Education Initiative, and Biology is one of 6 BU departments participating. The Initiative’s objective is to make the full range of PhD career pathways visible, valued, and viable for all students.

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