Applicants whose native language is not English and/or who have completed their tertiary education primarily outside of the USA must submit official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of EnglishAcademic (PTEA) as evidence of English language proficiency.
However, this requirement may be waived for students who are currently enrolled at a college or university in the United States and/or who demonstrate a proficiency in written and spoken English following a personal interview. Admission of a student to a graduate program must be approved by the program director and by the dean of the Graduate School. No individual may enroll in graduate level courses without proper approval and notification from the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences.
Acceptance to the School of Graduate Studies is conditional; the Admission Committee may rescind an offer of acceptance at any time before matriculation if an applicant fails to maintain expectations upon which the acceptance was based. Examples include, but are not limited to, a significant decline in academic performance, failure to complete prerequisites or other course work and degrees in progress, patterns of unprofessional behavior and incidents discovered in a criminal background check.
Any preadmission agreement executed by the degree program with a student shall be void if there is a disqualifying incident or pattern of unprofessional behavior in the CBC prior to enrollment.Fingerprint-Based CBC: Effective July 1, 2004, Section 3729232 of the Mississippi Code requires that studentsenrolled in a health care professional academic program undergo fingerprinting and CBC. All accepted applicants are required to be fingerprinted. Students receiving a stipend must be fingerprinted and drug tested. Fingerprints will be submitted to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a criminal background check.
Technical Standards are nonacademic requirements essential for meeting the academic requirements of the programs in the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences. Within any area of specialization, students must demonstrate competence in those intellectual and physical tasks that together represent the fundamentals of research in their chosen discipline.
The PhD degree programs and some of the MS degree programs at The University of Mississippi Medical CenterSchool of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences require a dissertation or thesis based on independent research.Granting of those degrees implies the recipient has demonstrated a base of knowledge in their chosen field of study and the ability to independently apply that knowledge to form hypotheses, design and conduct experiments, interpret experimental results, and communicate these findings to the scientific community. Thus, a candidate for the PhD or MS degree in the health sciences must possess abilities and skills that allow for observation, intellectual and conceptual reasoning, motor coordination, and communication. The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable.
The following technical skills are required of a successful PhD student: