M.S. to Ph.D. Program

The CSULB RISE M.S. to Ph.D. Program seeks to increase the capacity of students underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to complete Ph.D. degrees in these fields. The program activities are designed to strengthen students' academic preparation, research training, and professional skills. MS students will complete a two-year Master's degree program that culminates in the defense of a Master's research thesis. In addition, RISE M.S. to Ph.D. students will present their work at professional conferences, be active in the RISE Learning Community, and take the Biomedical Colloquium to increase skills in reading primary literature and scientific writing. Completing a research degree in two years will require discipline and commitment, and will produce students ready to tackle biomedical Ph.D. programs at research-intensive universities.

RISE M.S. to Ph.D. students receive partial tuition support and can earn wages while working in faculty-directed research for up to 20 hours a week during the academic year and up to 40 hours a week when classes are not in session. The program provides support for some research supplies and travel to present research results at professional conferences.

Timeline

M.S. Fellows Year One

RISE funding commences on June 1 of 1st year.

Summer

  • Research in Faculty Labs
  • RISE Learning Community
  • Individual Development Plan
  • RCR Training
  • Start Preparing Ph.D. Application Packages
  • Prepare for and take GRE

Fall

  • Courses
  • Research in Faculty Labs
  • M.S. to Ph.D. Learning Community

Spring

  • Courses
  • Research in Faculty Labs
  • M.S. to Ph.D. Learning Community
  • Present Thesis Proposal to Thesis Committee
  • Biomedical Colloquium (offered every other Spring)

M.S. Fellows Year Two

RISE funding continues until May 31 of 2nd year.

Summer

  • Research in Faculty Labs
  • RISE Learning Community
  • Edit & Perfect Application Package
  • Prepare for and take GRE

Fall

  • Courses
  • Research in Faculty Labs
  • M.S. to Ph.D. Learning Community
  • Apply to Ph.D. Programs
  • Teaching Assistant (one semester required)

Spring

  • Courses
  • Write and Defend M.S. Thesis
  • M.S. to Ph.D. Learning Community
  • Ph.D. Program Interviews

Eligible Degree Programs

Currently, two CSULB Departments, Chemistry and Biochemistry and Biological Sciences are participating in the RISE M.S. to Ph.D. program. More information about the specific programs can be found on their web pages, linked in the following table.

Master's Programs Advisor/Coordinator Application Deadline Links
Biology (M.S.) Advisor: Kevin Sinchak
562-985-8649
Kevin.Sinchak@csulb.edu

Coordinator: Christina Schneider
562-985-7928
Christina.Schneider@csulb.edu
March 15
Microbiology (M.S.) Advisor: Kevin Sinchak
562-985-8649
Kevin.Sinchak@csulb.edu

Coordinator: Christina Schneider
562-985-7928
Christina.Schneider@csulb.edu
March 15
Chemistry (M.S.) Michael Schramm
562-985-1866
Michael.Schramm@csulb.edu
April 2*
Biochemistry (M.S.) Paul Weers
562-985-4948
Paul.Weers@csulb.edu
April 2*

*Chemistry and Biochemistry application deadlines are June 1, but RISE acceptance is dependent on acceptance by the Department.


Potential Research Mentors

Applicants should identify possible research mentors as soon as possible after admission to their degree program.

Application

M.S.-to-Ph.D. Application 2018 [PDF]

Applications are due April 2, 2018 by 5:00pm to RISE.MS2PhD@csulb.edu.

Award decisions are be made in early May and M.S. to Ph.D. students may begin laboratory research in June.

Contact RISE

M.S. to Ph.D. Program

Please include your student ID number (if known) in all email correspondence.