College of Health Sciences

Division of Clinical & Reproductive Sciences

Master of Science in Clinical & Reproductive Science

Program Description

The Ph.D. Program in Reproductive Sciences is designed for students wishing to pursue academic and/or professional careers in the reproductive sciences. The Reproductive Sciences Ph.D. is unique in that students preparing for careers in assisted reproductive technology have the option of completing clinical courses and practica to fulfill requirements for a Graduate Certificate in Reproductive Laboratory Science. The Ph.D. program does not have a fixed time course. Time for completion will depend on the progress of individual students. It is anticipated that a student with a bachelor degree in science would complete the Ph.D. program in four to five years. Students electing to complete the Graduate Certificate in Reproductive Laboratory Science should expect to extend time in the program by two semesters.

Degree Requirements

Typical Program Schedule

Course Description Hours
IBS 601 Biomolecules and Metabolism 3
IBS 603 Cell Biology 3
STA 570 Statistics 4
CSC 789 Research Apprenticeship 3
CSC 602 Seminar 2
IBS 602 Biomolecules and Molecular Biology 3
CSC 600 Pathophysiology 4
CSC 604 Research Methods 4
CSC 790 Pre-qualifying Research 11
RSC 700 Mammalian Reproduction 3
RSC 701 Advanced Reproductive Immunology 3
RSC 702 Molecular Reproduction 3
RSC 703 Biology and Therapy of Reproductive Cancers 3
CSC 763 Flow Cytometry 3
CSC 767 Dissertation Research
*For each remaining semester following successful completion of qualifying examination 2

Typical Program Schedule
Non-RLS

Semester 1 • 1st Fall
12 credit hours
Course Description Hours
IBS 601 Biomolecules and Metabolism 3
IBS 603 Cell Biology 3
STA 570 Statistics 4
CSC 789 Research Apprenticeship 1
CSC 602 Seminar 1

RLS Option

Semester 1 • 1st Fall
12 credit hours
Course Description Hours
IBS 601 Biomolecules and Metabolism 3
IBS 603 Cell Biology 3
STA 570 Statistics 4
CSC 789 Research Apprenticeship 1
CSC 602 Seminar 1

Semester 2 • 1st Spring
12 credit hours
Course Description Hours
IBS 602 Biomolecules and Molecular Biology 3
IBS 604 Cell Signaling 3
CSC 600 Pathophysiology 4
CSC 789 Research Apprenticeship 1
CSC 602 Seminar 1

Semester 2 • 1st Spring
12 credit hours
Course Description Hours
IBS 602 Biomolecules and Molecular Biology 3
IBS 604 Cell Signaling 3
CSC 600 Pathophysiology 4
CSC 789 Research Apprenticeship 1
CSC 602 Seminar 1

Semester 3 • 1st Summer
6 credit hours
Course Description Hours
CSC 604 Research Methods 4
CSC 789 Research Apprenticeship 1
RSC 790 Pre-qualifying Research 2

Semester 3 • 1st Summer
6 credit hours
Course Description Hours
CSC 604 Research Methods 4
CSC 789 Research Apprenticeship 1
RSC 790 Pre-qualifying Research 2

Semester 4 • 2nd Fall
9 credit hours
Course Description Hours
RSC 700 Mammalian Reproduction 3
RSC 701 Adv Repro Immunology 3
RSC 790 Pre-Qualifying Research 3
CSC 602 Seminar 0

Semester 4 • 2nd Fall
9 credit hours
Course Description Hours
RSC 700 Mammalian Reproduction 3
RSC 701 Adv Repro Immunology 3
RSC 790 Pre-Qualifying Research 3
CSC 602 Seminar 0

Semester 5 • 2nd Spring
9 credit hours
Course Description Hours
RSC 702 Molecular Reproduction 3
RSC 703 Biology and Therapy of Reproductive Cancers 3
CSC 790 Pre-Qualifying Research 3
CSC 602 Seminar 0

Semester 5 • 2nd Spring
9 credit hours
Course Description Hours
RSC 702 Molecular Reproduction 3
RSC 703 Biology and Therapy of Reproductive Cancers 3
CSC 790 Pre-Qualifying Research 3
CSC 602 Seminar 0

Semester 6 • 2nd Summer
6–9 credit hours
Course Description Hours
CSC 673 Flow Cytometry 3
Other science or math per committee 3-4
RSC 790 Pre-Qualifying Research 3
CSC 602 Seminar 0
Ph.D. qualifying exam*

Semester 6 • 2nd Summer
6–9 credit hours
Course Description Hours
CSC 673 Flow Cytometry 3
Other science or math per committee 3-4
RSC 790 Pre-Qualifying Research 3
CSC 602 Seminar 0
Ph.D. qualifying exam*

Semester 7 • 3rd Fall
2 credit hours
Course Description Hours
RSC 767 Research 2
CSC 602 Seminar 0

Semester 7 • 3rd Fall
2 credit hours
Course Description Hours
RSC 767 Research 2
CSC 602 Seminar 0

Semester 8 • 3rd Spring
2 credit hours
Course Description Hours
RSC 767 Dissertation Research 2
CSC 602 Seminar 0

Semester 8 • 3rd Spring
5 credit hours
Course Description Hours
RSC 767 Dissertation Research 2
CSC 602 Seminar 0
CSC 615 Repro Lab Sci 1
(web)
CSC 616 Andrology 1
(web)
CSC 617 Repro Micro & Immno 1
(web)

Semester 9 • 3rd Summer
2 credit hours
Course Description Hours
RSC 767 Research 2

Semester 9 • 3rd Summer
4 credit hours
Course Description Hours
RSC 767 Research 2
CSC 528 Laboratory Techniques 2

Semester 10 • 4th Fall
2 credit hours
Course Description Hours
RSC 767 Dissertation Research 2
CSC 602 Seminar 0

Semester 10 • 4th Fall
3 credit hours
Course Description Hours
RSC 767 Dissertation Research 2
CSC 602 Seminar 0
CSC 618 Labs in Andrology, Reproductive Miscro & Immuno 1

Semester 11 • 4th Spring
2 credit hours
Course Description Hours
RSC 790 Dissertation Research 2
CSC 602 Seminar 0

Semester 11 • 4th Spring
2 credit hours
Course Description Hours
RSC 790 Dissertation Research 2
CSC 602 Seminar 0

Semester 12 • 4th Summer
2 credit hours
Course Description Hours
RSC 767 Dissertation Research 2
Dissertation Defense

Semester 12 • 4th Summer
2 credit hours
Course Description Hours
RSC 767 Dissertation Research 2

Semester 13 • 5th Fall
9 credit hours
Course Description Hours
RSC 767 Dissertation Research 2
CSC 602 Seminar 0
CSC 621 Embryology & ART 3
CSC 624 Cryopreservation of Reproductive Tissues 2
CSC 625 Mgt., Policy, Ethical & Legal Issues in ART 2

Semester 14 • 5th Spring
7 credit hours
Course Description Hours
RSC 767 Dissertation Research 2
CSC 626 Andrology Clin. Pract. 2
(off‑site)
CSC 627 ART Clin. Pract. 3
(off‑site)

Semester 15 • 5th Summer
2 credit hours
Course Description Hours
RSC 767 Dissertation Research 2
Dissertation Defense

“En Passant” M.S. in Reproductive Sciences

Students successfully completing the first two years of the required curriculum in the doctoral degree and successfully passing the Qualifying Examination will be awarded an “en passant” M.S. in Reproductive Sciences. Although it is expected that most students will continue in the program and earn the Ph.D., there may be an occasional student who will to leave the Ph.D. program early and not complete the degree.

For example, a student may be very successful academically during the coursework phase of the Ph.D., but encounter problems with the dissertation research and withdraw from the program without completing the doctorate. Other factors, including family problems and/or lack of financial resources, may force a student to depart from the program.

The “en passant” M.S. gives students who find themselves in these predicaments the option of leaving in good standing, with a degree in hand, so that later in life they may be able to continue their graduate education or to assist them in obtaining employment. The M.S. degree would be very attractive for investigators seeking highly qualified individuals for research assistant positions. Also, awarding both the master’s and doctorate degrees is appealing to students, providing them with a certain level of security as well as an additional credential/title.

In order to receive the master’s “en passant” (or terminal master’s) work completed, including completion of a successful Qualifying Examination, must be IDENTICAL to the first two years of the required curriculum in the doctoral degree. A successful qualifying examination will be accepted for the master’s final examination. This degree will not be awarded if the student fails to pass the qualifying exam.
*For each remaining semester following successful completion of qualifying examination 2

Clinical & Reproductive Sciences Program
College of Health Sciences
900 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40536-0200
(859) 218-0848