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The Center for Cardiovascular Sciences (CCS)

Graduate Program

The Center for Cardiovascular Sciences offers programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Masters of Science (M.S.) degrees. The training goals of the CCS curriculum are:

  • Learn state of the art technical research skills ranging from molecular techniques to in vivo animal models of cardiovascular disease
  • Gain familiarity with the literature and current research findings in the area of cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology
  • Learn experimental design and data analysis
  • Develop effective oral, written, and graphic communication skills through presentations in the center and at national meetings
  • Provide students opportunities to practice teaching skills in the area of physiology
  • Position students for success in postdoctoral positions or independent research in academic or industrial biomedical settings


FAQ's About the Program


  • Doctoral students receive $25,000/year stipend plus a tuition waiver.  Funding for this stipend comes from a number of sources.  Doctoral students also receive health insurance
  • Master's students receive a tuition waiver


  • Didactic courses are completed in two years
  • Average time to degree 5-6 years


  • Didactic courses are completed in 1.5 years