After reading a presentation given to incoming Dal graduate students in biomedical engineering (BME) from this fall, I noticed a small asterisk next to the “PhD students are required to take four courses,” I decided to read the small print. It read…unless entering with an MSc in BME, then two courses are required. WHAT!!!?!!! Hey, that’s what I have. So, not letting myself get too excited, I thought, well maybe it is only for people who transfer from an MSc at Dal to a PhD. But I thought I would check anyway. I got an email back saying that they would look over my prior coursework and get back to me – good start, I thought, they didn’t say no right away. And after another day I heard back – two courses is sufficient!!! I am taking two courses right now (one with each of my two advisors) so that means I will be done with coursework after this semester. Which makes me just a little closer to achieving my potentially impossible 3.3 year PhD/”done my PhD right before I turn 30″ goal. Thanks Duke and Virginia Tech for the great PhD preparation!
An update on my graduation goal