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Graduate Programs in Reproductive Sciences and Reproductive Laboratory Science

Doris J. Baker, Ph.D., HCLD(ABB), MT(ASCP)

17 February 2010

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The University of Kentucky now offers three graduate degree options in the Reproductive Sciences and Reproductive Laboratory Science, including a: 1)  multidisciplinary Ph.D. in Reproductive Sciences; 2) master’s degree in Reproductive Laboratory Science; and 3) a Graduate Certificate in Reproductive Laboratory Science.  Please refer to:  http://www.mc.uky.edu/healthsciences/academic/index.html for complete information, including program requirements, curricula, course schedules, and procedures for application. 


The Ph.D. is multidisciplinary in that coursework is  completed in both the College of Medicine’s Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences curriculum and the College of Health Science’s Reproductive Sciences program, as well as other UK departments (e.g. statistics).  The program is unique in that students have the option of completing the clinical curriculum in embryology/andrology as they progress through the basic science curriculum and complete dissertation research.  Students may complete research in the laboratory of a faculty member, who is an active member of the University of Kentucky Reproductive Sciences Center, which is currently moving through the University approval process.  It is anticipated that the university-wide Center will receive final  approval in spring/summer, 2010. A limited number of competitive fellowships are available for qualified Ph.D. students. 


The Master of Science is now a one-calendar-year curriculum (August-July).  Although the Graduate Certificate is available to qualified individuals holding a B.S. in science or medical laboratory science, the certificate is intended for individuals already holding an advanced degree.  Scholarships for the M.S. are limited and highly competitive. 


Students enrolled in the clinical curriculum (M.S., Graduate Certificate, and Ph.D. with clinical option) complete practica at assisted reproductive technology centers throughout the United States, with the possibility of international internships.   All clinical faculty directing students, are appointed as clinical faculty by the University of Kentucky.  ART practitioners throughout the U.S. also contribute to  didactic and student laboratory instruction to ensure that the curriculum is current and in line with clinical practice.


Applications to both the Graduate School and the specific graduate program is required for the Ph.D., the M.S. and the Graduate Certificate.  Refer to:  http://www.gradschool.uky.edu/.  This site will also direct you to funding that is available through the Graduate School. 


The deadline for applications for U.S. citizens/residents is April 15, 2010. 



Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in one of the graduate programs after reviewing the information on the websites.



Doris J. Baker, Ph.D., HCLD(ABB), MT(ASCP)

Professor, Center of Excellence in Reproductive Sciences

Director of Graduate Studies, Reproductive Sciences University of Kentucky

126E CTW Building

900 South Limestone

Lexington, KY 40536-0200

Telephone:  (859) 218-0854

Fax: (859) 323-8957


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