Vanderbilt University Graduate

Containing general informationand courses of study for the2015/2016 session correctedto 20 June 2015 Nashville

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ContentsCalendar 6Graduate Study at Vanderbilt 7Life at Vanderbilt 11Academic Programs 20Admission 24Financial Information 26Academic Regulations 29Programs of Study 35Courses 75Administration and Faculty153

Graduate School Calendar 2015/2016FALL SEMESTER 2015Classes begin / Wednesday 26 AugustSpring 2016 registration opens / Monday 12 OctoberFall break / Thursday 15 October–Friday 16 OctoberLast day to withdraw from courses without academic penalty / Friday 16 OctoberLast day to submit Intent to Graduate forms for December graduation / Friday 23 OctoberThanksgiving holidays / Saturday 21 November–Sunday 29 NovemberFinal day for submission of theses and dissertations to the Graduate School for graduation in December / Monday 23 NovemberReading days and examinations / Friday 11 December–Saturday 19 DecemberFall semester ends / Saturday 19 DecemberSPRING SEMESTER 2016Classes begin / Monday 11 JanuaryLast day to submit Intent to Graduate forms for May graduation / Monday 15 FebruarySpring holidays / Saturday 5 March–Sunday 13 MarchLast day to withdraw from courses without academic penalty / Friday 18 MarchFinal day for submission of theses and dissertations to the Graduate School for graduation in May / Monday 28 MarchReading days and examinations / Tuesday 26 April–Thursday 5 MayCommencement / Friday 13 MaySUMMER SESSION 2016Last day to submit Intent to Graduate forms for August graduation / Friday 17 JuneFinal day for submission of theses and dissertations to the Graduate School for graduation in August / Friday 22 July

Graduate School / Graduate Study at Vanderbilt7Graduate Study at VanderbiltGRADUATE education has held a central place in theprogram of Vanderbilt University since it opened in1875. The first doctor of philosophy degree was grantedin 1879; the 2,000th in 1975, the university’s centennial year.The 3,000th was given in 1985. As of 2015, more than 7,200doctor of philosophy degrees have been awarded. By way ofcomparison, the first Ph.D. given by an American universitywas awarded in 1861, and the second American institution tooffer the degree did so in 1870.A separate Graduate School was established at Vanderbiltin 1935 by action of the Board of Trust, with an official facultyselected from various schools of the university. Selectionis based on the individual faculty member’s administrative responsibility or substantial participation in graduateinstruction.Vanderbilt offers to able and serious students a faculty thatis active in research and deeply committed to the developmentof scholars. Students participate in classroom, tutorial, andcollegial modes of learning and in systematic independentinquiry, in a setting that allows them to see scholars at work,day in and day out, as an important means of learning thescholar’s art. Students are in situations in which they areknown personally and well, and concern for what happens tothem is very strong.Vanderbilt is a member of the Association of AmericanUniversities, a sixty-two-member organization of researchintensive universities. The doctor of philosophy especially,but also the master of arts and master of science, are researchdegrees, offered by a faculty of research scholars.The objectives of the Graduate School are to train scholarsand to promote research. The faculty seeks to provide everystudent with thorough knowledge of a particular field and amastery of the methods of productive scholarship. Whereverfeasible, the faculty intends to provide opportunity for allPh.D. candidates to have supervised teaching experiences.The Graduate School enrolls about 2,200 students. About49 percent are women, and 24 percent come from foreigncountries.The UniversityCommodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, who gave a million dollarsto build and endow Vanderbilt University in 1873, expressedthe wish that it “contribute . . . to strengthening the ties whichshould exist between all geographical sections of our commoncountry.”A little more than a hundred years later, the VanderbiltBoard of Trust adopted the following mission statement:“We reaffirm our belief in the unique and special contributions that Vanderbilt can make toward meeting the nation’srequirements for scholarly teaching, training, investigation,and service, and we reaffirm our conviction that to fulfill itsinherited responsibilities, Vanderbilt must relentlessly pursuea lasting future and seek highest quality in its educationalundertakings.”Today as Vanderbilt pursues its mission, the universitymore than fulfills the Commodore’s hope. It is one of a fewindependent universities with both a quality undergraduate program and a full range of graduate and professionalprograms. It has a strong faculty of more than 3,700 full-timemembers and a diverse student body of more than 12,700. Students from many regions, backgrounds, and disciplines cometogether for multidisciplinary study and research.The 330-acre campus is about one and one-half milesfrom the downtown business district of the city of Nashville,combining the advantages of an urban location with a peaceful,parklike setting of broad lawns, shaded paths, and quiet plazas.The schools of the university offer the following degrees:Graduate School. Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts,Master of Liberal Arts and Science, Master of Science,Doctor of Philosophy.College of Arts and Science. Bachelor of Arts.Blair School of Music. Bachelor of Music.Divinity School. Master of Divinity, Master of TheologicalStudies.School of Engineering. Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor ofScience, Master of Engineering.Law School. Master of Laws, Doctor of Jurisprudence.School of Medicine. Master of Education of the Deaf,Master of Health Professions Education, Master ofPublic Health, Master of Science in Applied ClinicalInformatics, Master of Science in Clinical Investigation,Master of Laboratory Investigation, Master of Science inMedical Physics, Master of Science (Speech-LanguagePathology), Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of MedicalPhysics, Doctor of Medicine.School of Nursing. Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor ofNursing Practice.Owen Graduate School of Management. Master of Accountancy, Master of Business Administration, Master ofManagement in Health Care, Master of Science inFinance.Peabody College. Bachelor of Science, Master of Education,Master of Public Policy, Doctor of Education.No honorary degrees are conferred.Mission, Goals, and ValuesVanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research,informed and creative teaching, and service to the communityand society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship,dissemination of knowledge through teaching andoutreach,creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry,equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highlyAccreditationVanderbilt University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges toaward bachelor’s, master’s, professional, and doctoral degrees.Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane,

8Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Vanderbilt University.FacilitiesVanderbilt has many special facilities for study and researchin particular areas, as well as the traditional classroom andlaboratory facilities associated with graduate instruction.Graduate instruction in the humanities, the biological sciences, and the social sciences is conducted in Benson, Buttrick,Calhoun, Furman, Garland, and Wilson halls. Graduate workin religion uses the full facilities of Vanderbilt Divinity School.The E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center, opened in fall2005, has studios for sculpture, ceramics, photography, computer arts, painting, and drawing. Gallery space is designatedfor exhibits primarily of students’ work.The Stevenson Center for the Natural Sciences, a complexof seven connected buildings, includes laboratory and lecturefacilities for biological sciences, chemistry, geology, mathematics, and physics.Classrooms and laboratories of Peabody College are usedfor graduate instruction in education and psychology andhuman development.Laboratories for the biomedical sciences—biochemistry,bioinformatics, cancer biology, cell and developmental biology,cellular and molecular pathology, microbiology and immunology, molecular physiology and biophysics, and pharmacology—are in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center inMedical Center North, Light Hall, Preston Research Building,Robinson Research Building, and Medical Research BuildingIV. The A. B. Learned Laboratories and Medical ResearchBuilding III provide additional facilities for biological sciences.Graduate students in neuroscience use facilities across campuswith a home in the Vanderbilt Brain Institute.Graduate work in engineering uses the laboratories ofthe School of Engineering, including those in the Olin Hallof Engineering, Featheringill Hall, Jacobs Hall, as well as theStevenson Center.The facilities of Owen Graduate School of Management areused for graduate study in management. Graduate students innursing science use the facilities of Godchaux and Frist Halls,and those in hearing and speech sciences use classrooms andlaboratories in the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center.The LibrariesThe Jean and Alexander Heard Library SystemVanderbilt University’s libraries are among the top researchlibraries in the nation, home to more than eight millionitems, including print publications, microfilm items, anddigital collections. The libraries provide electronic access totens of thousands of full-text journals and more than 800,000e-books and other research resources accessible via thecampus network, from workstations and circulating laptopsin campus libraries, as well as authenticated access (VUnetIDand e-password) from off campus. The libraries’ website offerssearches for articles, books, electronic resources, and more, aswell as links to subject liaisons and research guides in manyareas of interest.The oldest manuscript in the collection dates from c. 1300and new publications are being added every day. Among thelibraries’ collection strengths are the W. T. Bandy Center forBaudelaire and Modern French Studies, a comprehensivecollection of materials on Charles Baudelaire and Frenchliterature and culture; the Southern Literature and Culturevanderbilt universityCollection; Latin American collections for Brazil, Colombia,the Andes, Mesoamerica, and Argentina; the Television NewsArchive, the world’s most extensive and complete archiveof television news covering 1968 to present; the RevisedCommon Lectionary, one of the first published Web-basedresources of scriptural readings for the liturgical year; and theGlobal Music Archive, a multimedia reference archive andresource center for traditional and popular song, music, anddance of Africa and the Americas.In partnership with faculty, library staff teach students valuable skills for locating and evaluating the latest information in acomplex array of sources. Campus libraries with discipline-specific collections are home to professional librarians who provideexpert support in that area of study. Online reference is available through the homepage. Options for individual study arecomplemented by group study spaces and instructional rooms,as well as learning commons and cafes. Exhibits throughout thelibraries offer intellectual and creative insights that encouragestudents to see their own work in new ways. Students, faculty,and staff may come to the library to read in a cozy nook, meetfriends for group study, grab a quick meal, or see an exhibit.Information TechnologyVanderbilt University Information Technology (VUIT) offersvoice, video, data, computing, and conferencing services toVanderbilt students, faculty, and staff. VUIT provides free antivirus downloads and malware prevention in many campus areas.VUIT maintains and supports VUnet, the campuswide datanetwork that provides access to the Internet, and AccessVU, theauthentication service that enables Vanderbilt users to securelyidentify themselves to many services on VUnet. Those servicesinclude YES, Your Enrollment Services; Blackboard; and Vmail,the university’s email system.VUIT also partners with Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T to offerdiscounts for cellular phone service. For discount informationsee is important to note that many wireless consumerelectronic devices interfere with VUnet, and in worst-casecircumstances, could even cause degradation to network service.These devices are prohibited and include, but are not limited to,routers, access points (APs), or AirPorts manufactured by companies such as Apple, Belkin, D-Link, and Linksys. Additionally,settings for smartphone hotspots and wireless connectivity forprinters and other devices must be disabled to prevent interference with university wireless APs.Vanderbilt offers all students low-cost and free-of-chargesoftware, including Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows.See for a complete product catalogand more information.Furthermore, VUIT provides various conferencing andcollaboration services for students, including audio and videoconferencing via a desktop or a Polycom bridge. Vanderbilt’sblog service offers Wordpress Blogs at for more information.The Tech Hub is the help desk at Vanderbilt that providesinformation to students, faculty, and staff about VUnet andVUnet services. Its locations, hours, contacts, and other information can be found at more information on IT services and computing atVanderbilt, go to

Graduate School / Graduate Study at VanderbiltOfficial University CommunicationsCertain federal statutes require that information be delivered toeach student. Vanderbilt delivers much of this information viaemail. Official electronic notifications, including those requiredby statutes, those required by university policy, and instructionsfrom university officials, will be sent to students’ Vanderbiltemail addresses: [email protected] Students arerequired to be familiar with the contents of official universitynotifications, and to respond to instructions and other officialcorrespondence requiring a response. Some messages willinclude links to the YES Communications Tool, which is a securechannel for official communication of a confidential nature.The university makes every effort to avoid inundatingstudents with nonessential email (often called “spam”), andmaintains separate lists from which students may unsubscribefor announcements of general interest.Interdisciplinary Centers, Institutes, andResearch GroupsVanderbilt actively promotes research and teaching thatcrosses disciplines, departments, and institutional linesthrough a multitude of centers, institutes, and research groups.Below is a sampling of interdisciplinary initiatives at the university and medical center. For more information, see Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professionsworks to develop the leadership and ethical capacities of those serving inthe professions. CTP brings together professionals from a range of disciplines to take on significant social challenges and fosters within Vanderbilt’s students and its broader constituents a deep sense of vocation, encouraging professionals to remember the deeper purposes that motivatetheir work. Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society provides leadership ineducation, research, and clinical service at Vanderbilt University MedicalCenter concerning the ethical, legal, and social dimensions of medicine,health care, and health policy. medicineandpublichealth.vanderbilt.eduThe Center for Integrative and Cognitive Neuroscience investigatesthe relationship between brain function, behavior, and cognition, and promotes the development of new technologies like advanced prostheticsand autonomous robots. cicn.vanderbilt.eduThe Center for Latin American Studies works to advance knowledgeabout and understanding of the region’s history, culture, political economy,and social organization. Center for Medicine, Health, and Society integrates studies of thehumanities, social sciences, and academic medicine in order to examine therole of health and health care in contemporary society. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience addresses a focused set of closely related problems at the intersection of neuroscience and criminal justice, including mental states, capacity, and evidence. lawneuro.orgThe Max Kade Center for European and German Studies fosters aninternational perspective on issues relating to Europe and transatlanticrelations and seeks to prepare students for international careers or advanced study. National Center on School Choice conducts scientific, comprehensive, and timely studies on school choice to inform policy and Owen Entrepreneurship Center brings together investors, entrepreneurs, and Vanderbilt business students to share innovative ideas. TheOEC has spawned an active angel investor network and allows Owen9students to have easy access to a ready-made network of successfulentrepreneurs. Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities promotes interdisciplinary research and study in the humanities, social sciences, andnatural sciences. Members of the Vanderbilt community representing awide variety of specializations take part in the center’s programs, whichare designed to intensify and increase interdisciplinary discussion of academic, social, and cultural issues. centerThe Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences is an integrated educational, research, and patientcare center dedicated to serving individuals with otolaryngologic and communicative disorders. The center encourages interdisciplinary collaboration in all of the speech, language, and hearing sciences and otolaryngology specialties. Vanderbilt Brain Institute promotes and facilitates the discovery efforts of Vanderbilt neuroscientists, the training of undergraduate and graduate students, and the coordination of public outreach in brain sciences. Research endeavors in the VBI include more than three hundred scientists fromfifty departments, centers, and institutes across the campus, spanning aspectrum of study from molecules to the mind. Vanderbilt Initiative in Surgery and Engineering creates, develops, implements, and evaluates solutions to complex interventional problems. Physicians, engineers, and computer scientists work together toimprove patient care. Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment considers social,economic, legal, and technical aspects of environmental and energy problems to find solutions that are practical, achievable, and cost-effective. Acrucial part of its mission is to train the next generation of leaders in theenergy and environmental arena. Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health is committed to advancinghealth and development in resource-limited regions with projects in Africa,Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Vanderbilt faculty and staff provideleadership and expertise in establishing sustainable, scalable health development programs. globalhealth.vanderbilt.eduThe Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research andEducation fosters and enhances interdisciplinary research in the biophysical sciences and bioengineering at Vanderbilt, integrated with a strong focuson undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral education. VIIBRE’s missionis to invent the tools and develop the skills that are required to understandbiological systems across spatiotemporal scales. Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology provides research andtraining in the application of chemical approaches to the solution of important biomedical problems. Particular strengths of the institute include analytical methodology and molecular imaging, cellular responses to chemical stress, drug discovery, enzyme and receptor chemistry, proteomics,structural biology, and chemical synthesis. Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineeringengages in theoretical and experimental research in science and engineering at the nanoscale (from one millionth to one billionth of a meter insize). VINSE supports an extensive infrastructure of materials fabricationand analytical facilities for research in nanoscale science and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development is one of fourteen Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers supported in part by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.It also is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental DisabilitiesEducation, Research, and Service in the national network of sixty-sevensuch centers in every U.S. state and territory supported by the U.S. Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The VanderbiltKennedy Center facilitates discoveries and best practices that make positive differences in the lives of persons with disabilities and their families.

10vanderbilt universityThe Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science aims to support and integrate advances in physics, engineering, chemistry, computing, and other basic sciences for the development and application of newand enhanced imaging techniques to address problems and stimulatenew research directions in biology and medicine, in health and disease.vuiis.vanderbilt.eduOther initiatives include:Advanced Computing Center for Research and EducationAfrican American Mental Health Research Scientist ConsortiumAmerican Economic AssociationArthritis and Joint Replacement CenterBishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural CenterCarpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and SexualityCenter for Bone BiologyCenter for Child DevelopmentCenter for Clinical ToxicologyCenter for Cognitive MedicineCenter for Constructive ApproximationCenter for Evaluation and Program ImprovementCenter for Experiential Learning and AssessmentCenter for Health Services Research at VanderbiltCenter for Human Genetics ResearchCenter for Intelligent SystemsCenter for Matrix BiologyCenter for Molecular NeuroscienceCenter for Neuroscience Drug DiscoveryCenter for Patient and Professional AdvocacyCenter for Research on Rural Families and CommunitiesCenter for Science OutreachCenter for Structural BiologyCenter for the Study of Democratic InstitutionsCenter for TeachingCenter for U.S.-Japan Studies and CooperationCenter in Molecular ToxicologyCenter on School Choice, Competition, and AchievementChild and Family CenterClassroom Organization and Management ProgramClinical Research CenterClinical Trials CenterCognitive Robotics LaboratoryThe Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public PolicyDigestive Disease Research CenterDivision of Sponsored ResearcheLabEnglish Language CenterExperimental Education Research Training (ExpERT) ProgramFamily-School Partnership LabFinancial Markets Research CenterFreedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt UniversityInformatics CenterInstitute for Medicine and Public HealthInstitute for Software Integrated SystemsInstitute for Space and Defense ElectronicsIntelligent Robotics LabInterdisciplinary Graduate Program in the Biomedical and BiologicalSciences (IGP)IRIS Center for Training EnhancementsKelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church StudiesLamb Center for Pediatric ResearchLaser Diagnostics and Combustion GroupLatin American Public Opinion ProjectLaw and Business ProgramMargaret Cuninggim Women’s CenterMass Spectrometry Research CenterMIT Engineering Research Center for Bioengineering EducationalTechnologiesNational Center on Performance IncentivesNational Research Center on Learning DisabilitiesPeabody Research InstitutePeabody Research OfficePoison CenterProgram in Quebec and Canadian StudiesRadiation Effects and Reliability GroupResearch on Individuals, Politics, and SocietySkin Diseases Research Core CenterStudy of Mathematically Precocious YouthSusan Gray SchoolTennessee Lions Eye CenterTurner Center for Church Leadership and Congregational DevelopmentVanderbilt Addiction CenterVanderbilt Breast CenterVanderbilt Burn CenterVanderbilt Center for Better HealthVanderbilt Center for Environmental Management StudiesVanderbilt Center for Human NutritionVanderbilt Center for Integrative HealthVanderbilt Center for Kidney DiseaseVanderbilt Center for Nashville StudiesVanderbilt Center for Stem Cell BiologyVanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training CenterVanderbilt Engineering Center for Transportation Operations andResearch (VECTOR)Vanderbilt Executive Development InstituteVanderbilt-Ingram Cancer CenterVanderbilt Programs for Talented YouthVanderbilt Sleep Disorders CenterVanderbilt Transplant CenterVanderbilt Tuberculosis CenterVanderbilt Vaccine CenterVanderbilt Vision Research CenterVanderbilt Voice CenterW. T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies

Graduate School / Life at Vanderbilt11Life at VanderbiltVANDERBILT provides a full complement of auxiliaryservices to meet the personal needs of students, to makelife on the campus comfortable and enjoyable, and toprovide the proper setting for academic endeavor.Graduate School ResourcesGraduate Student CouncilThe Graduate Student Council (GSC) exists to enhance theoverall educational experience at Vanderbilt University bypromoting the general welfare and concerns of the GraduateSchool student body. This is achieved through the creationof new programs and initiatives to provide opportunities forgrowth and interaction, as well as through communication withthe Vanderbilt faculty and administration on behalf of graduatestudents. The GSC consists of elected representatives, standing committees, and an annually elected executive board. Inthe recent past, the GSC has helped change policies involvingcampus dining, free bus transportation, parking, and studenthealth insurance. The GSC is also a member of the NationalAssociation of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS).In addition to its representative function, the GSC alsoorganizes a number of events and hosts/sponsors variousprojects during the year, including co-sponsoring seminars andpanels with individual departments, organizing the Vanderbilt3 Minute Thesis competition (spring semester), facilitatingthe Graduate Student Honor Council, planning communityoutreach activities, and offering many social opportunities. TheGSC also awards travel grants to graduate students who wish topresent their research at conferences throughout the year. AllVanderbilt Graduate School students are welcome and encouraged to attend GSC’s monthly meetings and to get involved. Formore information, visit Development for Graduate School StudentsThe Dean’s Office of the Graduate School is ded

in religion uses the full facilities of Vanderbilt Divinity School. The E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center, opened in fall 2005, has studios for sculpture, ceramics, photography, com-puter arts, painting, and drawing. Gallery space is designated for exhibits primarily of students’ work.