Comparative and Experimental Medicine (CEM) Graduate Program

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The Comparative and Experimental Medicine (CEM) graduate program is focused on the comparative approach to the study of biomedical and veterinary sciences. CEM provides a unique opportunity to study disease processes common in animals and humans from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The program is beneficial to students seeking biomedical training. The goal of the CEM graduate program is to prepare students for research and/or academic careers in the health sciences.

This intercollegiate program involves participation of faculty with a wide-range of interests in biomedical disciplines and life sciences. The interdisciplinary training environment provides our students access to facilities, faculty, and other personnel from the College of Veterinary Medicine, UT Graduate School of Medicine at Knoxville, Herbert College of Agriculture, College of Engineering, College of Nursing, the Department of Nutrition, the Department of Public Health, and so many more!

Degree Programs

MS Program
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The Masters in Comparative and Experimental Medicine is a 30 credit program, with a thesis and non-thesis option.
PhD Program
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The PhD in Comparative and Experimental Medicine is a 72 credit hour program, with an original dissertation option only.
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Currently enrolled DVM students at UTCVM can earn a Dual DVM/MS or Dual DVM/PhD.
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The One Health Minor is available to all undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Tennessee.

Admission Process and Requirements

Applications for admission to the Comparative and Experimental Medicine (CEM) program are accepted and reviewed year round (fall, spring and summer). Application deadlines can be found on our CEM admissions page.  International students are required to submit their application materials well in advance of their intended semester. International student deadlines can be found on the Graduate School’s website. 

Interested students are required to contact potential major professors directly before applying. All applicants must identify a major professor prior to submitting an application. Our current openings can be found under the CEM Current Openings tab.

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Program Contact Information

Office of Research & Graduate Studies
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
2407 River Drive, Rm A205
Knoxville, TN 37996, USA