Twin Cities Campus
Otolaryngology Ph.D. Otol.
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Department of Otolaryngology, MMC 396, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-3200; fax: 612-625-2101)
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
This program prepares students in both clinical and experimental aspects of otolaryngology. The Ph.D.Otol. degree requires a publishable thesis. Rotations at University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview, Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center, Regions Hospital, Minneapolis Children's Hospital, and Hennepin County Medical Center provide a wide range of opportunity for clinical education and surgical experience. Opportunities for independent research are provided in the laboratories of audiology, auditory electrophysiology, auditory neurophysiology, biochemistry, cancer biology, cell biology and genetics, electron microscopy, electrophysiology, histochemistry, morphometry, psychoacoustics, temporal bone pathology, tumor immunology, skin-flap physiology, laryngeal physiology, mandibular bone physiology, microvascular tissue transfer, and vestibular physiology. Graduates of the program have careers in teaching, research, and professional practice.
Prerequisites for Admission
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Requires a bachelor's or master's degree, preferably in an area related to otolaryngology or, for those pursuing the degree in conjunction with a residency in otolaryngology, an MD degree.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
19 credits are required in the major.
12 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
The number of credits varies depending on preparation and the research undertaken. Most students take a total of about 55 credits. A minimum of 12 credits in the minor or supporting program, plus 24 doctoral thesis credits, are required. An advisory committee, including the student, the advisor, and the director of graduate studies, determines coursework in the major. At least one seminar is selected from seminars such as OTOL 8247, 8248, 8249, and 8250. Understanding and application of basic statistics and experimental methodology are expected. Statistics coursework is usually necessary. Choice of statistics courses is made with the guidance of the director of graduate studies. All students are expected to publish a research paper in a peer-reviewed journal. Students concurrently in an otolaryngology residency usually take five to six years to complete research, course, and dissertation requirements.