The David Rockefeller Graduate Program


I'm in a very particular field, and though there is an incredible diversity of people and fields at Rockefeller, you never feel like you're lost in a crowd. There are many opportunities to get to know people in other fields and not only learn from them but even contribute to their work in return. The collaborative spirit is alive and well here."


Rockefeller's Ph.D. program is based on the concept of learning science by doing science, and our laboratories are at the center of the Ph.D. training program. There are 76 laboratories at Rockefeller, each headed by a tenured or tenure-track member of the faculty, that study everything from biochemistry to genetics to immunology to neuroscience to biophysics.


There is no required core curriculum for the Ph.D. student. In consultation with the dean of graduate studies, students choose a flexible combination of courses totaling seven academic units. One unit generally consists of 12 classes. Several courses consist of 24 classes and count as two units. Evaluation of satisfactory course completion typically consists of a brief written or oral examination, or preparation of a short research review or proposal. Courses are grouped into six major areas, but students can complete the curriculum requirements by participation in any combination of courses. If the Rockefeller curriculum does not meet a specific educational need, in many cases students can take courses offered outside the university.

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