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. A summary of Biology PhD student expectations by year can be found here. Full details can be found in the Graduate Program Guide.

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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