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11000 Institute for Biomedical Sciences

Graduate program information for the Institute for Biomedical Sciences is described in detail in this chapter. See subsections for specific program information as well as policies and procedures.

11000.10 Office of the Director

Petit Science Center, Suite 716
404-413-3578
biomedical.gsu.edu

Jian-Dong Li, Director
Timothy L. Denning, Assistant Director & Director of Graduate Programs

11000.20 About the Institute for Biomedical Sciences

The Institute for Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) was established in January 2014 as part of Georgia State University’s strategic plan that recommended enhanced contributions to the sciences, health, and medical education. The Institute is dedicated to advancing fundamental and innovative biomedical research that improves human health, as well as educating and training future generations of leading biomedical scientists that are poised to enter the workforce and support cutting-edge discoveries. The launch of the Institute represents the most recent progress toward establishing Georgia State University as a premier urban research university.

Mission: The Institute for Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) is a leading multidisciplinary research and education (degree-granting) institute dedicated to advancing fundamental and innovative biomedical research that improves human health as well as educating and training future generations of leading biomedical scientists and health (non-M.D.) professionals.

Background: Despite tremendous advances in biological and medical research, significant gaps still exist between basic laboratory research and its clinical applications. Now more than ever there is an urgent need for bridging basic research to clinical management strategies. To meet this significant challenge and promote translational research from bench to bedside, the interface between the biomedical science disciplines has emerged as one of the most exciting interdisciplinary research fields in science. To significantly and rapidly accelerate Georgia State University as a recognized leader in this area, the Institute was established to expand contributions and efforts to research and education in these areas. The Institute’s key assets include the University’s existing strengths in inflammation, immunity and infection, microbial pathogenesis, molecular and translational medicine, translational immunology, oncology, and therapeutics and diagnostics, which align with the its strategic priorities, Georgia’s commitment to be the nation’s hub for biomedical research and federal/non-federal funding priorities. Moreover, IBMS provides a world-class interdisciplinary training environment for preparation of technically skilled students that are capable of filling the diverse workforce needs in the biomedical sciences.

Philosophy (Success Through Synergy): IBMS is not only building a strong research presence in biomedical sciences, but also fosters a unique environment to promote synergistic and interdisciplinary collaboration with units internal to the University, other Georgia and non-Georgia research institutions, major medical centers, private sector (e.g., biopharmaceutical, biotech) companies, and organizations/ foundations to develop world-class multidisciplinary research and education programs.

Goals:

  1. Pursue excellence in fundamental and innovative research in the basic biomedical sciences.
  2. Advance diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive measures for major diseases, with an initial emphasis on inflammatory, immunological, infectious, metabolic and cardiovascular, and neoplastic diseases.
  3. Accelerate translation and commercialization outcomes by collaborating and interacting with partner institutions, hospitals and biopharmaceuticals.
  4. Provide an environment for preparing students to meet the future challenges and workforce needs in biomedical research and health professions.

11000.30 IBMS Faculty

Faculty: Ritu Aneja, Christopher Basler, Benoit Chassaing, Patricia Denning, Timothy Denning, Andrew Gewirtz, Leszek Ignatowicz, Sang-Moo Kang, Chunying Li, Jian-Dong Li, Didier Merlin, Richard Plemper, Baozhong Wang, Zhonglin Xie and Ming-Hui Zou

Research Faculty: Pallavi Garg, Kensei Komatsu, Yi-Yun Lee, Priya Luthra, Teena Mohan, Imoh Okon, Ping Song, Tshidi Tsibane, JoAnne Turfariello, Emilie Viennois, JeongJoong Yoon and Benyue Zhang

11000.40 Research Centers

Areas of Research Focus

IBMS promotes interdisciplinary research that drives advances in biomedical sciences through synergistic collaboration, ultimately leading to better patient care. The focus is on understanding the mechanistic basis for a variety of important human diseases, such as inflammatory, immunologic, infectious, metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, and developing innovative approaches to prevention, diagnosis and treatment.  Areas of research focus for IBMS are:

  • Immunology (molecular and cellular immunology, inflammation, immunity, chemical immunology, tumor immunology, systems and computational immunology)
  • Translational Immunology
  • Microbiology (molecular and cellular microbiology, host-pathogen interactions, microbiota, translational microbiology, systems and computational microbiology)
  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Metabolic and Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Molecular, Cellular and Translational Medicine
  • Translational Systems Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Translational Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • Vaccinology

Center for Inflammation, Immunity & Infection

The mission of the Center for Inflammation, Immunity & Infection is to better understand the molecular basis of inflammatory diseases and further develop novel therapeutic strategies. Inflammation is one of the body’s major defense mechanisms in response to infection or injury, but when it is uncontrolled, it causes inflammatory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, otitis media and cancer.

Center for Microbial Pathogenesis

The Center for Microbial Pathogenesis is focused on studying such viruses as influenza virus, hepatitis C, dengue, Ebola, Marburg, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, cytomegalovirus, and several other negative-stranded RNA viruses. Studies are directed at understanding how the innate immune system of the infected host is counteracted by components of these viruses and how the interferon signaling system works on a molecular level. Researchers use this knowledge to develop new vaccines against these viruses and work to identify small molecular weight compounds for use as antivirals.

Center for Translational Immunology

The Center for Translational Immunology is focused on translating basic science immunological discoveries into improvements in the treatment of immune-mediated diseases.  Current studies are directed at understanding the function of T cells in autoimmune diseases.

11000.50 Graduate Degrees Offered

IBMS currently offers the following graduate programs:

  • Master of Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Biomedical Enterprise
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Translational Biomedical Sciences

Please visit the IBMS website at biomedical.gsu.edu for updates on our degree offerings.

11000.60 Academic Resources and Services

IBMS Office of Academic Assistance
Petit Science Center, Suite 437
404-413-3650
biomedgrad@gsu.edu

Contact:
T’Keyah Johnson, Graduate Program Coordinator

The Office of Academic Assistance (OAA) provides prospective and current IBMS students with comprehensive student support services to ensure academic success.

Advising and Academic Assistance

For students enrolled in the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS) program with a concentration in Biomedical Enterprise, academic advisement is provided using a two-pronged approach.  The Graduate Program Coordinator in the OAA provides guidance on administrative matters such as program of study advisement, degree petition process, thesis/capstone registration, graduation, and referral to other on-campus student support services.  The Director of Graduate Programs provides guidance on academic and career-related matters such as determining which course electives make sense for future career goals, exploring research interests and opportunities, developing professional networks, and serving on thesis or capstone committees.

MIS students are not assigned a faculty advisor but are instead encouraged to develop multiple mentoring relationships with IBMS faculty as well as faculty in the College of Law and Robinson College of Business.

Doctoral students are assigned a Faculty Advisor and a Doctoral Advisory Committee.  However, students are also encouraged to develop multiple mentoring relationships with other IBMS faculty, the Doctoral Program Director, and even the OAA Graduate Program Coordinator as they navigate through doctoral program administrative matters.

11000.70 Student Organizations

Biomedical Student Association (BMSA)

The Biomedical Student Association (BMSA) is the student organization of the IBMS at Georgia State University. BMSA seeks to develop well-rounded biomedical professionals and promote meaningful interactions between students, faculty and staff, and health professionals. Throughout the school year, BMSA will organize social events, professional development opportunities, and public service events for students, faculty, and staff.

11010 Graduate Admissions

The Institute for Biomedical Sciences accepts students into the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Translational Biomedical Sciences program and the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS) in Biomedical Enterprise program for the Fall semester only.  The application deadlines are as follows:

Program Fall Spring Summer
MIS May 31 N/A N/A
Ph.D. March 1 N/A N/A

11010.10 General Admissions Information

Retention of Records: All documents and other materials submitted by or for persons in connection with their consideration for admission become the property of this institution and cannot be returned at any time.  It is the responsibility of each application to follow the application procedures completely and correctly and to be certain that all materials have been submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions by the application deadline.

If an applicant does not complete enrollment for the semester in which admission is sought, the applicant must reapply.  Incomplete application files are retained for a maximum of one year.

Graduate Admissions Committee:  The Graduate Admissions Committee for graduate degree programs is composed of faculty members from the Institute.  The charge of each admissions committee is to review and make admissions decisions on the completed applicant files for a particular graduate program.

Admission decisions are competitive. Each applicant is evaluated individually and among the current group of candidates. In this evaluation, consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record, scores on the entrance test(s), educational background, educational objectives, narrative information, work experience, professional activities, and character. These elements together must indicate a favorable prospect of success in graduate study for an offer of admission to be made. In making the decision, the committee must consider at all times the optimum number of students in the program. This could result in the denial or deferral of otherwise qualified applicants. Please see the Georgia State General Admissions statement in section 1100 of the Graduate Catalog.

Provisional Status: At the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee, some applicants may be admitted to provisional status in the MIS program. Relevant work experience, recommendation letters, and the applicant’s statement of professional and/or academic objectives will weigh heavily in these admission decisions. A student who is admitted in such status must earn a grade of “C” or better in each of the courses specified by the Graduate Admissions Committee and/or complete all other requirements specified by the Graduate Admissions Committee, in order to be admitted to full status. Students who are admitted in provisional status will receive an outline of these requirements as part of their admission decision letter.

Provisional status is not available for doctoral applicants.

11010.20 Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS) in Biomedical Enterprise Application Requirements

For complete application instructions, please view the IBMS MIS How to Apply page.

The following materials are required for admission to the MIS in Biomedical Enterprise program. All application materials are submitted through the online Graduate Application.

  1. Online Graduate Application
  2. $50.00 non-refundable application fee
  3. Unofficial transcripts from each college and/or university attended (including Georgia State University)
    • Transcripts are required regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school’s transcript.
    • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent at the time of enrollment from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Applicants must be able to provide official transcripts prior to the start of Fall courses
  4. Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s intellectual achievement and potential. Academic and/or professional recommendations are strongly encouraged.
  5. Personal Statement
  6. A Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  7. Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Please note that GRE scores over five years old cannot be accepted.
    • Some applicants may qualify for a GRE Waiver.  These applicants should view the complete application instructions on the IBMS MIS How to Apply page for instructions on how to request a GRE Waiver.  Waiver requests should be submitted well before the admission deadline.
  8. Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or via the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), for applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants living in the Atlanta area may take the Georgia State Test of English Proficiency (GTEP) in place of the TOEFL or IELTS. Please note that the TOEFL, IELTS, and GSTEP scores over two years old cannot be accepted. The TOEFL, IELTS, and GSTEP examination may not be required for international applicants who have a received a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
  9. A Certificate of Immunization, after acceptance
  10. Lawful Presence Verification, after acceptance

11010.30 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Translational Biomedical Sciences Application Requirements

For complete application instructions, please visit the IBMS Ph.D. How to Apply page.

The following materials are required for admission to the Ph.D. in Translational Biomedical Sciences program.  All application materials are submitted through the online Graduate Application.

  1. Online Graduate Application
  2. $50.00 non-refundable application fee
  3. Unofficial transcripts from each college and/or university attended (including Georgia State University)
    • Transcripts are required regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school’s transcript.
    • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent at the time of enrollment from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Applicants must be able to provide official transcripts prior to the start of Fall courses
    1. A Certificate of Immunization, after acceptance
    2. Lawful Presence Verification, after acceptance
  4. Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s intellectual achievement and potential. Academic and/or professional recommendations are strongly encouraged.
  5. Personal Statement
  6. A Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  7. Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Please note that GRE scores over five years old cannot be accepted.
    • Applicants that have earned a terminal degree (i.e. doctorate or J.D.) from a regionally accredited institution may not be required to submit GRE scores.  These applicants should view the complete application instructions on the IBMS website for guidance on how to request a GRE Waiver.  Waiver requests should be submitted well before the admission deadline.
    • The Institute reserves the right to require the GRE scores from applicants that have earned a terminal degree.
  8. Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or via the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), for applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants living in the Atlanta area may take the Georgia State Test of English Proficiency (GTEP) in place of the TOEFL or IELTS. Please note that the TOEFL, IELTS, and GSTEP scores over two years old cannot be accepted. The TOEFL, IELTS, and GSTEP examination may not be required for international applicants who have a received a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
  9. A Certificate of Immunization, after acceptance
  10. Lawful Presence Verification, after acceptance

Top doctoral candidates may be required to interview with the IBMS Admissions Committee to evaluate the applicant’s understanding of what it means to be a researcher, passion for research, commitment to complete the degree and excel in a translational biomedical sciences-related career path.

11010.40 International Student Admission

It is the policy of Georgia State University to encourage the enrollment of students from other countries. The University subscribes to the principles of international education and to the basic concept that only through education and understanding can mutual respect, appreciation and tolerance of others be accomplished. The recognition of the values of cultural exchange is inherent in our philosophy of education and is predicated on an awareness of the need to foster better cooperation, friendship, and understanding among the peoples of the world. In this regard, we welcome international students to our campus because we believe in a cultural exchange program which will be beneficial to our own student body, to the international students involved and to metropolitan Atlanta.

English Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores, no more than two years old, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Official scores must be reported from the Educational Testing Service to IBMS prior to the application deadline. The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have received a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. TOEFL information can be found at www.ets.org/toefl. IELTS information can be found at www.ielts.org/. Applicants living in the Atlanta area may take the Georgia State Test of English Proficiency (GSTEP) in the place of the TOEFL.  For more information about GSTEP: alsl.gsu.edu/programs/gstep/.

Financial Resources: Applicants who have been accepted and plan to attend Georgia State University on an F-1 or J-1 visa must submit a Financial Statement showing the financial support necessary for the cost associated with the first year of study. This verification does not need to be submitted with your application but will be required before you can enroll if you are accepted.

Course Load: An international student with a student visa is required to carry a full course of study in the fall and spring semesters. A full course of study for graduate students at Georgia State University is at least 9 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters and at least 6 credit hours in the summer semester. International students cannot be admitted as non-degree students.

For additional information pertaining to international applicants and students at Georgia State University, please refer to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

11010.50 Transient Student Admission

For complete application instructions, visit the IBMS How to Apply page.

A student enrolled in a graduate program at another institution may seek admission as a transient (or visiting) student in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences.  Approval of transient status is granted on a case-to-case basis and is not guaranteed.

The application deadlines are as follows:

Program Fall Spring Summer
Transient Student
July 15 December 1 N/A

To be admitted to the Institute as a transient student, applicants must submit:

  1. Online Graduate Application
  2. $25 non-refundable application fee. A check or money order (in U.S. currency) should be made payable to Georgia State University.
  3. Transient Letter
    • This letter, from your home institution, must state that you are in good academic standing and that you have permission to attend Georgia State University. It should also contain a list of the courses you are required/planning to take.
  4. Certificate of Immunization, after acceptance
  5. Lawful Presence Verification, after acceptance

All requested documents should be uploaded to the online application. Please do not submit an incomplete application. It will not be reviewed.

Admission to transient status is normally for one semester only.  A transient student who wishes to enroll for a subsequent semester at Georgia State University must submit an Application for Reentry with the IBMS Office of Academic Assistance (additional details available in section 11010.70 Reentry Student Admissions) in order to continue as a transient student at the University.

Transient students who are not in good academic standing or who is ineligible to return to their home institution will not be admitted to transient status.  No guarantee is made that a transient student will be able to secure the courses desired.  The reporting of grades earned to the student’s institution is the responsibility of the student.

Students who wish to change from transient-status enrollment to graduate degree seeking status must go through the full admissions process as outlined in sections 11010.20  and 11010.30.

11010.60 Non-Degree Student Admission

Ordinarily, IBMS does not allow non-degree seeking students to enroll in graduate biomedical science courses without being enrolled in a graduate program.  There are two exceptions:

  1. Students who are enrolled in a graduate degree program at another institution and would like to take a course a Georgia State University, in which case they would apply for transient status (details outlined in section 11010.50 Transient Student Admission); or
  2. Persons who already have a Ph.D. and wish to take a course at Georgia State University that relates to their academic or professional backgrounds, in which case they would apply for non-degree status.

Non-degree seeking students are only permitted to take up to 9 credit hours as a non-degree seeking student before they are required to enroll in a degree program.

Non-degree status is granted on a case-by-case basis and is not guaranteed.  Application deadlines are as follows:

Program Fall Spring Summer
Non-Degree Student
July 15 December 1 N/A

For complete application instructions, visit the IBMS How to Apply page.

To apply for non-degree status, applicants must complete and submit the following:

  1. Online Graduate Application
  2. $25 non-refundable application fee. A check or money order (in U.S. currency) should be made payable to Georgia State University.
  3. Unofficial transcripts from each college/university attended
    • Transcripts are required regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school’s transcript.
    • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent at the time of enrollment from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Applicants must be able to provide official transcripts prior to the start of Fall courses
  4. A resume or curriculum vitae
  5. Lawful Presence Verification, after acceptance
  6. Certificate of Immunization, after acceptance

All requested documents should be uploaded to the online application. Please do not submit an incomplete application. It will not be reviewed.

11010.70 Re-entry Students

A re-entry student is a student who has been enrolled at Georgia State University and who:

  1. Has not maintained an enrollment totaling 6 hours (or more) of degree applicable courses over three consecutive semesters (including summer) until degree completion; or
  2. Attended any semester as a transient student and wishes to attend an additional semester as a transient student.

Re-entry is approved by application and is not guaranteed. The application deadlines are as follows:

Program Fall Spring Summer
Re-entry July 15 December 1 May 1

For complete application instructions, visit the IBMS How to Apply page.

To apply for reentry, applicants must complete and submit the following:

  1. Online IBMS Application for Graduate Study
  2. $25 non-refundable application fee. A check or money order (in U.S. currency) should be made payable to Georgia State University.
  3. Unofficial transcripts for any coursework completed since you were last enrolled at Georgia State University, if applicable
  4. Lawful Presence Verification, after acceptance
  5. Certificate of Immunization, after acceptance

All requested documents should be uploaded to the online application. Please do not submit an incomplete application. It will not be reviewed.

Graduate students previously enrolled with the Institute for Biomedical Sciences may only re-enter the same graduate program or status in which they were last enrolled and they may be required to satisfy the degree requirements of the graduate catalog in effect at the time of re-entry. The Office of Academic Assistance will notify the student of their requirements and update their program of study. Students will be required to change to the graduate catalog in effect at the time of reentry when they re-enter the university after a period of two or more consecutive years in which they have earned no academic credit at Georgia State University. Students must be approved for re-entry through the IBMS and is not guaranteed.

11010.80 Graduate Research Assistantships

Graduate students in IBMS are eligible to apply for Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs).  All students who receive an assistantship appointment also receive a tuition waiver.

Master’s Students
Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) for master’s students are merit-based and limited in number.  Prospects that submit a completed application for admission will automatically be considered for a GRA appointment. Notification of an award will be included in the admissions decision letter.

Doctoral Students
Accepted doct students in IBMS are automatically awarded a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRAs) as a part of their program. For first-year students, the average award for the past two years has been at least an $22,000 stipend plus a tuition waiver.

Almost all doctoral students requesting it receive some type of financial assistance. Notification of an award will be included in the admissions decision letter.

Second-year students and beyond are also eligible for GRAs.  IBMS will generally continue to fund students who are demonstrating progress in the program at a level of support equal to or greater than what they received during the first year.

Students hired as graduate research assistants work with faculty members in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences on research projects in their area of interest.

11020 Graduate Enrollment

Graduate degree seeking students in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences are responsible for knowledge of all regulations and procedures of the program and the university. Enrollment in a program constitutes a student’s acknowledgment that they are obligated to comply with all academic and administrative regulations and degree requirements. Students are encouraged to carefully read all regulations related to the MIS Biomedical Enterprise program.

Summary of Georgia State University Policy on Responsible Conduct Research Training: Georgia State University is committed to promoting research ethics within the University community and modeling integrity across all disciplines and areas of empirical research. As research has become more complex, collaborative, and costly, issues of research ethics similarly have become complex, extensive and important. The federally mandated training of all levels of research students at Georgia State University in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) must prepare them to face these issues in their professional lives. The Scholarship and Research Integrity (SARI) program at Georgia State University, developed in response to the America Competes Act requirements, is designed to offer students enrolled in undergraduate research, research graduate degree programs, and post-doctoral research programs comprehensive training in the RCR in a manner that is tailored to address the issues faced by students in their respective programs. As part of the commitment and policy, graduate research students and post-doctoral research fellows will be required to complete an online RCR training program provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

ursa.research.gsu.edu/ursa/responsible-conduct-in-research/

The IBMS has devised a RCR education program plan to be in compliance with Georgia State University’s RCR policy and to ensure IBMS students graduating from our MIS and Ph.D. programs complete the required CITI RCR training program.

11020.05 Time Limit for Completion of Degree/Graduate Certificates

Before deciding to enroll in a graduate program of this school, students must examine seriously and realistically their abilities to adjust their personal and professional schedules to accommodate the challenge of graduate study.

The maximum time limits set by the Director of Graduate Programs are as follows:

  • Three years from the first semester of admission for the MIS program
  • Seven years from the first semester of admission for the doctoral program

Students or applicants with questions about the commitment needed to complete the graduate programs should schedule an appointment with the Institute’s Office of Academic Assistance.

11020.10 Catalog Editions

Normally, students will be permitted to graduate under the provisions of the graduate catalog in effect at the time of first enrollment. Students may choose to graduate under the provisions of a subsequent graduate catalog; that is, they may choose to change their “catalog edition.” Students who choose to do this must meet all provisions of the subsequent graduate catalog.

Students are required to change to the current catalog edition when they change programs/statuses or after certain absences from the program, as explained below in section 11020.15.

11020.15 Continuous Enrollment Requirement and Requests to Reenter

Students in all IBMS graduate degree programs must maintain an enrollment totaling at least six (6) credit hours of degree applicable courses over any consecutive three (3) semester period (including summers) until degree completion. In other words, the total enrollment of the current term plus the two terms preceding it must add to six (6) hours or more at all times.

The status of all students will be checked by the midpoint of each term for compliance with the Continuous Enrollment Requirement. Any student whose enrollment is out of compliance will receive a continuous enrollment registration hold preventing all current and future registration. Those students will be notified by an e-mail message sent to their official Georgia State University e-mail account.

To resume their programs of study, students with continuous enrollment registration holds must apply for reentry admission by the published deadline (see section 11010.70 Reentry Student Admissions), must be granted reentry admission and must enroll at a credit hour level sufficient to satisfy the continuous enrollment requirement. For more information on the reentry process, see section 11010.70 or contact the IBMS Office of Academic Assistance (OAA).

Students who do not enroll during the semester for which reentry was originally approved must apply for reentry for subsequent semesters.

All students who wish to reenter one of the graduate level programs or non-degree status after an absence of one year must meet the degree requirements and academic regulations of the graduate catalog current upon return, along with other reentry provisions that may be in effect.

All students who are approved for reentry will be eligible to retain all Georgia State course credit (and already approved transfer credit, if any) earned previously if their program can be completed within the time limit that was applicable to their program before the absence. The cumulative graduate GPA calculations will include all attempts in all courses at Georgia State University. Time limits would apply.

Students who plan not to register for a particular semester but who intend to continue the program at some later semester should discuss such plans with the Graduate Program Coordinator and Director of Graduate Programs in order to facilitate reentry at a subsequent time. Failure to comply with this request may complicate reentry in the semester preferred. An absence from the program, whether planned or unplanned, does not exempt students from the requirement to complete the program within the appropriate time limit.

11020.20 Enrollment in Approved Courses

Students must enroll for courses that are part of the approved curriculum for the program to which they have been accepted. Students who do otherwise are subject to loss of credit and/or loss of eligibility to continue to register.  Failure to register for degree applicable courses over the course of three consecutive semesters will result in unsatisfactory progress and the rules of Continuous Enrollment Requirement will apply.

11020.25 Course Load

The course load of a graduate student may vary with the circumstances of the individual student each semester.  A full-time course of study for graduate students at Georgia State University is nine (9) credit hours in Fall and Spring semesters, and six (6) credit hours in Summer semesters.

A graduate student may enroll in 1 to 25 credit hours. In determining each semester’s course load, a student must balance other time constraints (work, family, civic, and other responsibilities) with the need to make reasonable and timely progress toward completion of the program.

11020.30 Policy on Allowing Undergraduates to Take Graduate Courses

The IBMS Office of Academic Assistance will determine a student’s eligibility for admission into a graduate course.  Eligibility does not guarantee permission to take a graduate level course. Once a student’s eligibility is determined by the Office of Academic Assistance, permission must be granted by the instructor for the course and the IBMS director of graduate studies. Please reach out to the Undergraduate Program Coordinator for approval process instructions.

11020.35 Policy on Transfer Credit

Due to the unique nature of the courses included in the MIS program curriculum, transfer credit will not be accepted for this program.

Transfer of credit for the Ph.D. program will be approved under the following conditions:

  • The course must have been completed at an institution recognized by a regional accrediting body as degree granting for higher education at the time the course was taken.
  • A grade of B of higher must have been received in the course.
  • The content of the course must correspond to that of a Georgia State University course required or permitted in the student’s program.
  • Degree credit completed before enrollment in the current Georgia State program will be considered if it will not be more than six years old at the time the student graduates.
  • Credit completed elsewhere after enrollment in the current Georgia State program will be considered for transfer credit if it is within the time limit allowed for completion of the current program.

A request for transfer credit form must be completed. The request must indicate the specific course(s) for which transfer credit is sought. A copy of the other institution’s catalog must be submitted to verify that the course was limited to graduate students only. The Office of Academic Assistance must have an official transcript on file showing course completion for the course being requested. Requests for transfer of graduate credit cannot be processed until all necessary information has been received.

11020.40 Grade Point Average and Course Grade Requirements

Each student admitted into a graduate program in the IBMS must maintain an overall institutional grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better to receive their respective degree. Students who fall below the 3.00 GPA requirement for all required course attempts will be reviewed for continuation in the MIS or Ph.D. program, and students may receive a scholastic warning or be scholastically dismissed from their respective graduate program (see 11020.50 Scholastic Warning, Exclusion and Suspension for additional details).

For MIS students, no final course grade below a C will be accepted toward the degree.

For doctoral students, all required coursework must be completed with a grade of C or better, and any student earning a grade of C- or below must repeat the course.

11020.45 Final Course Grades

The following course grades will be given as final grade options in courses taught by IBMS faculty members. Any deviations—including the availability of plus/minus grading—will be at the discretion of the individual faculty member and specifically stated in their syllabus.

Final Course Letter Grade Point Values
A+ 97 – 100
A 93 – 96
A- 90 – 92
B+ 87 – 89
B 83 – 86
B- 80 – 82
C+ 77 – 79
C 73 – 76
C- 70 – 72
D 60 – 69
F 59 & below

11020.50 Scholastic Warning, Exclusion and Suspension

Each student admitted into a graduate program in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00. A student whose cumulative institutional grade point average falls below 3.00 at the end of a semester will be placed on Scholastic Warning. The student will be notified of this standing by the Office of Academic Assistance.  If a 3.00 cumulative grade point average is not achieved by the end of the next twelve credit hours or two semesters, whichever is longer, of completed course work approved by the IBMS faculty, the student may be subject to scholastic suspension.

Transient students must maintain a 3.00 cumulative grade point average in order to continue in that status. Transient students who do not maintain a 3.00 cumulative grade point average may be subject to scholastic exclusion.

A student may apply for reinstatement after one semester as a suspended student. Application for reinstatement must be made no later than the deadlines outlined for reentry.  Please see section 11020.70 Reentry Student Admissions for more information.

11020.55 Application for Graduation

All candidates for the MIS in Biomedical Enterprise and Ph.D in Translational Biomedical Sciences programs must file a formal application for graduation with the University’s Graduation Office at least two semesters in advance of the expected semester of graduation. Deadlines are published on the Georgia State University Registrar’s website. The Graduation Office will inform the Institute when the student files the application. The Institute for Biomedical Sciences will then conduct an audit and inform the student of any remaining requirements — these items will include any graduation clearance requirements. A degree will be awarded only to a student who meets the university academic, residence, and graduation clearance requirements as well as the standards of performance and academic requirements for the graduate degree.

11030 Student Appeals Procedures

The appeals procedure for graduate students in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences will follow different paths, depending on the nature of the student’s appeal. The various types of situations and the appropriate appeals avenues are as follows:

11030.10 Admissions Appeals

At the graduate level, a person who wishes to appeal an admission decision must first discuss the matter with the Director of Graduate Programs within 5 working days of the date of the denial.

If the appeal is not settled there, a written appeal must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Programs within 20 working days of the date of the denial or the date of the denial discussion.

Please see section 1115 Graduate Admissions Appeals for more information.

11030.20 Petitions for Policy Waivers and Variances, and Appeals, and Student Complaints, Concerns, or Grievances

The petitions for policy waivers and variances, and appeals procedure for students will follow different courses depending on the nature of the student’s appeal. Please refer to University Information Section 1050.80 under Polices and Disclosures in this catalog or visit the Georgia State University Enrollment Services website or the Student Code of Conduct online for details.

Student Complaints, Concerns, or Grievances

Similarly, the student complaints, concerns, or grievance procedure for students will follow different courses depending on the nature of the student’s appeal. Please refer to University Information Section 1050.80 under Polices and Disclosures in this catalog or visit the Georgia State University Enrollment Services website.

11030.30 Appeal of Exclusions, Dismissals and Terminations

Terminated, dismissed or excluded graduate students with questions about their status should first discuss their situation with the Director of Graduate Programs. Following this discussion, students who believe they have extenuating circumstances may submit a written appeal of their termination or exclusion. The director will review the information submitted in support of the appeal and the student’s total record. The director will then make a recommendation to the associate dean for academic affairs who will make the decision regarding acceptance or denial of the appeal. The student will receive a written response from the school normally within 10 workdays of the date the appeal is received. (Workdays are counted as Monday through Friday except university staff holidays.)

Requests for such consideration must be submitted, in writing, to the Director of Graduate Programs within 10 workdays (defined as Monday through Friday except university holidays). Students should write their appeals completely, but concisely, and include all facts germane to their case. Documentation should be provided, where possible, to substantiate statements made. Specific dates of the beginning and ending of particular problems should be included. Only circumstances described in the written and signed appeal as initially submitted will be accepted from the student; oral appeals are not permitted, nor are requests to submit additional information after the appeal has been reviewed. Appeals must be dated, signed, and include the student’s home address and telephone numbers (work and home).

Having been enrolled in too many courses relative to job requirements or other responsibilities or having continued to enroll while experiencing personal, work, or health-related problems very rarely constitutes such extenuating circumstances.

11040 Master Degree Programs

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS) in Biomedical Enterprise

Contacts:

Timothy L. Denning, Director of Graduate Programs
T’Keyah Johnson, Graduate Program Coordinator

11040.10 Program Goals and Objectives

Given today’s complex challenges and the need for creative solutions, graduates with an MIS degree need to be able to adopt and use information derived from various traditional disciplines, to think logically and critically about information and new ideas, to be flexible and creative, and to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Through interdisciplinary course work, including basic research and team-based projects, as well as experiential learning in a capstone project, graduates from our proposed program will develop the knowledge areas, skills, and strategic approaches that are necessary to make links between critical fields. Graduates will be positioned to enter or to return to the workforce with increased capacity to multi-task within the workplace and to interface effectively with various stakeholders.

Thus, the goals listed below are the main focus of the MIS in Biomedical Enterprise Program.

  • Enable recognition of how successful work across disciplines advances knowledge and solves problems, and develop ability to conduct interdisciplinary work
  • Enhance critical thinking skills with regard to cross-cutting problems, proposed interdisciplinary solutions, and their applications
  • Increase knowledge of techniques used to enhance creativity
  • Develop strengths in communication, from verbal, written, and presentation skills, through ethical conduct and professional dispositions in all settings
  • Encourage sensitivity, understanding, teamwork, and leadership among collaborators from diverse backgrounds
  • Promote high-level student and faculty engagement in emerging interdisciplinary topics
  • Create job-ready graduates with professional dispositions appropriate for smooth interface between relevant fields

To meet the interdisciplinary goals of the MIS, the Biomedical Enterprise concentration will be offered jointly by the Institute for Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), Robinson College of Business and the College of Law using a cohort model. Each participating entity will be recognized at the university for its instructional and administrative efforts.

Program Goals in Professional Preparation

  • Create a new cadre of specialized scientists and practitioners ideally trained to enter or return to the state, national, and international biotechnology workforce.
  • Provide an environment for preparing students and professionals to participate in a broad-based and evolving economy in biotechnology, including pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices, and preclinical or clinical research.
  • Develop strengths in communication, from verbal, written, and presentation skills, through ethical conduct and professional dispositions in all settings.
  • Promote creativity, teamwork, and leadership through interactive courses and real-world experience.
  • Increase the number of individuals from diverse backgrounds who excel at the intersection of biotechnology, entrepreneurship, and law.

11040.20 Program Academic Regulations

The maximum time limit for completing the MIS in Biomedical Enterprise is three years from the first semester of admission.

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for graduate courses taken while a student at Georgia State University.  No grade below a C will be accepted towards the degree.

Students should refer to additional program requirements outlined in section 11020 Graduate Enrollment, especially subsections 11020.15 Continuous Enrollment Requirement and Requests to Reenter, 11020.25 Course Load, 11020.40 Grade Point Average and Course Grade Requirements, 11020.50 Scholastic Warning, Exclusion and Suspension and 11020.55 Application for Graduation.

11040.30 Degree Requirements

The Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS) in Biomedical Enterprise program requires the completion of at least 36 credit hours of study at the master’s level beyond the bachelor’s degree.

  1. Required Core Courses (23 credit hours):
  1. Elective Courses (10 credit hours)
    • The selection of elective courses will depend on a student’s needs in terms of academic and career goals and must be made in consultation with and approved by the Director of Graduate Studies via an approved program form.
  1. Capstone Experience (3)

11040.40 Standards of Performance

The Director of Graduate Programs may require that a student withdraw from a particular course or courses, from the master’s program, or from the college because of unsatisfactory academic work or for other adequate reason. To continue in a master’s program, a student must make reasonable and timely progress in terms of grades and courses toward the degree or certificate concerned. The student’s progress may be reviewed each semester.

As a result of this review, any student whose scholastic performance does not indicate appropriate progress may be required to reduce the course load or may be required to withdraw from the program.

11050 Doctoral Degree Programs

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Translational Biomedical Sciences (TBMS)

Contacts:

Timothy L. Denning, Director of Graduate Programs
T’Keyah Johnson, Graduate Program Coordinator

11050.05 Program Goals and Objectives

Now, more than ever, there is an urgent need for translating advances in basic biomedical sciences from the laboratory into new clinical therapies for human diseases. To meet this challenge, the Translational Biomedical Sciences (TBMS) Ph.D. program will educate a new cadre of biomedical scientists that will be ideally trained to enter the state, national, and international workforce. The TBMS Ph.D. program will create a unique educational experience that promotes synergistic and multidisciplinary educational training opportunities. These opportunities address unmet needs in advancing fundamental and innovative biomedical research that is translated into improvements in human health. Due to their multidisciplinary education and training in translational biomedical sciences graduates of the TBMS Ph.D. program will be poised to become societal leaders that contribute to the cutting-edge knowledge base and fuel a growing and rapidly evolving economy in Georgia and the nation.

Thus, the goals listed below are the main focus of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Translational Biomedical Sciences Program:

  • Pursue excellence in fundamental and innovative education in the basic biomedical sciences in order to promote the future competitiveness of Georgia and the United States in this area.
  • Provide an environment for preparing students to participate in a broad-based and evolving economy in biomedical research and health professions.
  • Increase the number of students from diverse backgrounds who excel in biomedical sciences and become leaders in a wide variety of biomedical careers in industry, research, education, and medicine.

The faculty and staff of the Institute for Biomedical Sciences are committed to provide a supportive academic environment that promotes the growth and progress of students engaged in graduate studies.

11050.10 Program Academic Regulations

The maximum time limit for completing the Ph.D. in Translational Biomedical Sciences program is seven years from the first semester of admission.

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for graduate courses taken while a student at Georgia State University.  All required coursework must be completed with a grade of C or better, and any student earning a grade of C- or below must repeat the course.

Students should refer to additional program requirements outlined in section 11020 Graduate Enrollment, especially subsections 11020.15 Continuous Enrollment Requirement and Requests to Reenter, 11020.25 Course Load, 11020.40 Grade Point Average and Course Grade Requirements, 11020.50 Scholastic Warning, Exclusion and Suspension and 11020.55 Application for Graduation.

11050.15 Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Translational Biomedical Sciences requires the completion of the following:

  • At least 110 credit hours of required graduate coursework and research hours
  • Proficiency in translational biomedical science experimentation and project management
  • Translational biomedical science research
  • A qualifying examination
  • A dissertation
  • A final oral presentation, directed primarily to the defense of the dissertation

11050.20 Curriculum

The Ph.D. core curriculum will provide students with a fundamental knowledge of cutting-edge biomedical science combined with how to practically apply this knowledge to research as well as how to apply this knowledge to the business world.

  1. Required Core Courses (25 credit hours)
    • BMSC 6010 Experimental Approaches in Biomedical Research (2)
    • BMSC 8000 Translational Immunology (4)
    • BMSC 8010 Host-Microbial Interactions in Health and Disease (4)
    • BMSC 8030 Project Management & Compliance (2)
    • BMSC 8050 Business Aspects of Translational Medicine (2)
    • BMSC 8060 Effective Science Communication (3)
    • BMSC 8675 Molecular Virology (4)
    • BMSC 8100 Molecular Medicine of Disease (4)
  1. Required Elective Courses (12 credit hours)
    • BMSC 6100 Disease Models in Biomedical Research (3)
    • BMSC 8710 Advanced Topics in Translational Biomedical Science* (3)
    • Students have the opportunity to select additional elective options in consultation with and approval by the Director of Graduate Studies.
  1. Required Research (23+ credit hours)

Advanced topics courses marked with an asterisk (*) can be repeated for credit only if the section subtopic is not also repeated.

11050.25 Faculty

Faculty directly involved with the TBMS Ph.D. program include:

Christopher Basler, Benoit Chassaing, Timothy Denning, Pallavi Garg, Andrew Gewirtz, Leszek Ignatowicz, Sang-Moo Kang, Chunying Li, Jian-Dong Li, Didier Merlin, Richard Plemper, Baozhong Wang, Zhonglin Xie, and Ming-Hui Zou

11050.30 Faculty Advisor and Doctoral Advisory Committee Requirements

During the Ph.D. admissions process, each student will be matched with a faculty advisor from the IBMS faculty. The faculty advisor will serve as the primary student advisor and mentors the student throughout the program by assisting with research focus, signing off on official documents, etc.

11050.35 Annual Review of Doctoral Students

Ph.D. students will be given feedback from their Faculty Advisor on an annual basis. Faculty Advisors will evaluate student progress in several areas:

  • Knowledge of core concepts in translational biomedical sciences.
  • Knowledge of core concepts in translational biomedical science experimentation and project management.
  • Ability to communicate innovations in translational biomedical science as well as business applications to a specialist and general audience.
  • Advanced knowledge in area of specialization within translational biomedical sciences.

If progress is unsatisfactory, the student will plan a course of action with their advisor and the Director of Graduate Programs to improve his/her progress.  If the student demonstrates unsatisfactory progress on the plan, or during more than one annual review, he or she may be scholastically excluded from the doctoral program.

11050.40 Individual Development Plan

Ph.D. students will meet with the Director of Graduate Studies and Graduate Program Coordinator annually to check-in with students regarding their progress in the program, future career plans, the steps they have made towards accomplishing goals prior to graduation and more.

In this meeting students will self-evaluate themselves in various areas related to professional development and put together an Individual Development Plan to strengthen these areas.  The Graduate Program Coordinator is available to provide on and off-campus resources in relation to each student’s specific goals.

11050.45 Doctoral Qualifying Examination

Students pursuing a Ph.D. in TBMS must take their first Qualifying Examination at the end of their second year and must pass this examination no later than the end of their third year (no more than  attempts will be allowed). This qualifying examination will include a written component, a proposal, and an oral component, a presentation and defense of the proposal. The dissertation committee assesses mastery of knowledge in an area of specialization at the interface of translational biomedical sciences and business.

Specific qualifying exam guidelines can be obtained from the IBMS Office of Academic Assistance.  Guidelines are subject to change.

11050.50 Admission to Candidacy

Admission to candidacy for a doctoral student is requested immediately after the successful completion of the comprehensive examination.  The following is a complete list of requirements for admission to candidacy:

  1. All prerequisites set as a condition to admission to candidacy have been satisfactorily completed.
  2. The Doctoral Advisory Committee, the Director of Graduate Programs and OAA have approved the final program of study.
  3. A GPA of 3.0 has been maintained for all graduate courses taken and for all completed courses on the program of study.
  4. Written and oral comprehensive examinations have been passed and reported to the OAA.
  5. The residence requirement has been met.
  6. Dissertation proposal has been approved.

11050.55 Dissertation

Faculty on the candidate’s dissertation committee complete written evaluations of a student’s written communication skills at the (i) Ph.D. candidacy examination, and (ii) Ph.D. defense. Overall performance will be evaluated based on assessment of whether students exceed, meet or do not meet expectations.  Students completing a Ph.D. must demonstrate advanced knowledge in their area of specialization. This evaluation is conducted by the faculty who serve on the candidate’s dissertation committee. Overall performance will be evaluated based on assessment of whether students exceed, meet or do not meet expectations.

The final Dissertation Defense is a written doctoral thesis, an oral presentation and an oral exam to defend the completed independent research. The Defense is completed only after a Final Review at which the committee and degree candidate agree on how to complete the thesis work. Faculty will complete written evaluation of a student´s ability to conduct independent research at the Ph.D. candidacy examination and Ph.D. defense.