MSU, UMDNJ to offer two joint degree programs

Montclair State University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey will offer two joint degree programs leading to doctoral degrees in biomedical sciences beginning in 1999.

The two universities have signed an agreement that will allow qualified MSU students to complete one of two programs for a graduate degree in biomedical science. MSU students can earn their bachelor of science degree at MSU and, if they meet the requirements, pursue a doctorate at UMDNJ-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Or students can complete a master of science degree at MSU and, if qualified, study for their Ph.D. at the UMDNJ-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Both programs are designed to attract undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds into biomedical research. They complement two other collaborative programs in which qualified MSU students are accepted into UMDNJ's doctor of medicine or doctor of dental medicine programs upon graduation.

Dr. Susan A. Cole, MSU president, said, "At Montclair State University, our unwavering goal is to provide the best possible education for qualified students from across New Jersey. The partnership model that we have developed with UMDNJ permits students to have the benefit of the educational resources of two outstanding institutions.

"Such collaborative ventures are designed to enhance students' opportunities for success and are perfect examples of the type of creative arrangements that will allow New Jersey to maintain its leadership role in higher education as we enter the new millennium."

For the further details go to the MSU, UMDNJ news release.