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