MS in Cell Biology and Biotechnology

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Program Description

Program Summary

From mapping genomes to manipulating cells, to developing biotechnology that can save lives and safeguard our planet, this is a thrilling new era for the biological sciences. With a Master of Science (MS) degree in Cell Biology and Biotechnology from the University of the Sciences, you will gain hands-on experience at the leading edge of an ever-evolving field. You will learn the same techniques and technologies that are being used in industry and private research labs. And, you will work alongside world-class faculty in the region’s only science-focused university.

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Why Choose the University of the Sciences?

  1. Our small size adds a level of agility across lab and course work. We offer new perspectives and techniques that keep pace with the industry, along with experiences that rival the largest institutions.
  2. Individualized attention and practical, hands-on experience with the same instruments and techniques employed by the most sophisticated research labs.
  3. Strong research-intensive career preparation, perfect for academia and private industry.

Career Outcomes

Our graduates enter a variety of career fields including genetics, clinical settings, the pharmaceutical industry, and beyond. Our MS-level graduates fill mid-and upper-level technical positions in the private and governmental sectors. 

Academics

Choose from four unique options:

  • Thesis Option: for students interested in conducting research and writing a thesis
  • Non-thesis Option: requires course work only
  • Non-thesis Professional Option: for students who may fast-track to a management-level position within a current or desired company

The MS non-thesis option is a coursework-based degree in which the student completes a minimum of 30 credits. The objectives of the MS non-thesis option program are to provide opportunities for each student to:

  • Develop skill and knowledge in the fields of cell biology, biotechnology, molecular biology, and related disciplines of bioinformatics, developmental biology, microbiology, or biophysics.
  • Demonstrate an improving set of oral and written presentation skills for communication of research results.
  • Develop competence in the acquisition and interpretation of the scientific literature relevant to the program discipline.

The objectives of the MS professional degree option are to provide each student with opportunities to:

  • Develop skill and knowledge in the fundamentals and practice of cell biology, biotechnology, and molecular biology.
  • Develop knowledge and skills in the principles of management and business practice within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.
  • Demonstrate an improving set of oral and written presentation skills for communication of research results and material relevant to business and management practice.
  • Develop competence and proficiency in the acquisition and interpretation of the literature relevant to the program disciplines.

The MS thesis option is a research-focused degree in which the student completes a research project under the mentorship of one of the program faculty members and defends that thesis to the program faculty. The objectives of the MS thesis option program are to provide opportunities for each student to:

  • Develop skill and knowledge in the fields of cell biology, biotechnology, molecular biology, and related disciplines of bioinformatics, developmental biology, microbiology, or biophysics.
  • Initiate, conduct, and complete a research project that makes use of the knowledge and skills relevant to the program.
  • Demonstrate an improving set of oral and written presentation skills for communication of research results.
  • Develop competence in the acquisition and interpretation of the scientific literature relevant to the program disciplines.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Three references
  • Official transcript of college and graduate school work.  International applicants must submit a course-by-course transcript evaluation for all previous degrees through WES.
  • Personal statement
  • GRE score optional for 2021
  • Proof of English proficiency for international applicants 

Detailed application requirements and deadlines can be found here.

Contact us

Phone: +1-888-996-8747

Email: graduate@usciences.edu

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

University of the Sciences has prepared students to be leaders and practitioners in the healthcare and science fields for nearly 200 years. Key to its distinctive education is a tradition of hands-on ... Read More

University of the Sciences has prepared students to be leaders and practitioners in the healthcare and science fields for nearly 200 years. Key to its distinctive education is a tradition of hands-on research and experiential learning that is evident in every graduate who has walked its campus. Since its founding in 1821 as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the first college of pharmacy in North America, USciences has grown to more than 30 degree-granting programs from bachelor’s through doctoral degrees in the health sciences, bench sciences, and healthcare business and policy fields. USciences students are proven everywhere they go. Read less