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Exploration and Independence

To learn science, do science. It’s the foundation of our educational program and the key to our students’ success. Rockefeller’s structure is designed to stimulate interaction between researchers from different disciplines.With no departments and a unique, collaborative culture, our laboratories are at the center of the Ph.D. training program.

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 units, offering unparalleled freedom to structure their own academic experience and course of study.

While courses are grouped into six major areas, students can meet this requirement by participating in any combination of courses. If Rockefeller does not offer a course to meet a specific educational need, in many cases students can take courses offered outside the university.

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 The Rockefeller community is a diverse, intellectual scientific village where students and faculty work together to make transformative discoveries in bioscience.Ex