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Reproductive Clinical Science, PhD Curriculum

Eastern Virginia Medical School, through its prestigious Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, is a pioneer of assisted reproductive technology (ART). In 1981, the first in vitro fertilization baby in the United States was born through the efforts of The Jones Institute. The Jones Institute is widely acknowledged to be an international leader in clinical and scientific research in ART, and has trained many prominent physicians and scientists. 

Coursework in this program provides a broad base of graduate education in foundational sciences: comparative reproductive anatomy and physiology, developmental biology, toxicology and infertility, molecular biology, advanced statistics and experimental design.  As well as a focused knowledge base and competencies using evidence-based practices in the reproductive clinical sciences: embryology, andrology, endocrinology and cryobiology laboratories.   Preparing the future leaders in the field of IVF and Reproductive Clinical Science.

This is an online program which has been designed for adult learners and working professionals who are in the workforce while they are enrolled in this program, with the exception of one on-campus course during the program.  This 49 credit hour program is projected to be completed in 32 months, however, due to the nature of independent research more time may be needed.  The program starts in the fall, students take 2 years of graduate-level didactic and research development courses and must pass a comprehensive qualifying exam at the end of their third semester to advance to candidacy.  The final year of the program focuses on dissertation research.  During the final semester, the students will prepare and defend their dissertation projects.  Six students are accepted each year to this three-year online program.  

The application portal will be open on the 15th of October 2017.


This website reflects current program information, including admissions criteria and curricula.  Information is subject to change.