The Master of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology is ideal for students who want to pursue or advance careers in the rapidly expanding fields of biotechnology, basic science, and pharmacological research.
With constant new discoveries in cellular and molecular biology, an undergraduate degree is no longer enough to keep you advancing professionally. Our program, with its strong emphasis on biochemistry and molecular biology techniques, gives students the advanced training they need to succeed in these groundbreaking fields. The program has both thesis and non-thesis options. Students who elect the thesis option must carry out an original thesis research project under the guidance of departmental faculty. Students choosing a non-thesis option are required to take a written comprehensive exam in addition to laboratory coursework. The comprehensive exam will assess the understanding of the coursework and evaluate one’s ability to synthesize research and theory in the field of cellular and molecular biology and to present this information in an effective written format.
The central curriculum prepares you for an exciting future by stressing both the technical and conceptual aspects of a number of scientific specialties, including the following subject areas:
•Biochemistry •Cell biology •Genomics •Molecular biology
You will learn the full spectrum of professional techniques in our fully equipped labs so that you graduate with the confidence and ability to act as an independent scientist.
Many of our students complete research as part of the program. Recently, our graduate students have studied these topics:
Tick-borne human pathogens
Cancer cell growth
DNA damage response
Magnetic nanoparticles for drug delivery
Certificate in Bioinformatics
The 15-credit certificate program in bioinformatics provides a practical, hands-on approach to computer applications in molecular biology.
38 − 39 graduate credits are required for completion.
Non-Thesis: 9 required courses (including 3 labs) + 3 electives (39 total credits)
Thesis: 10 required courses (including 2 labs) + 2 electives (38 credits)
Optional Bioinformatics Certificate:
5 required classes (15 credits)
Can be taken simultaneously — Classes cannot overlap
Courses are offered in the daytime and evenings Monday through Friday on the main campus and are offered in multiple formats including on-campus, online, or hybrid.
Below is an example of the schedule of course offerings.
CMBI 6601 Protein Biochemistry and Enzymology
CMBI 6603 Nucleic Acid Biochemistry
CMBI 6606 Molecular Genetics/Genomics
CMBI 6608 Evaluation of Scientific Literature
CMBI 6609 Data Analysis in the Environmental and Biological Sciences
CMBI 6611 Molecular Biology of Proteins with Laboratory
CMBI 6613 Molecular Biology of Nucleic Acids with Laboratory
CMBI 6617 Cell Culture Techniques with Laboratory
CMBI 6620 Bioinformatics
CMBI 6621 Bioinformatics Programming/Python
CMBI 6622 Database Systems for Biological Research
CMBI 6688 Internship
CMBI 6690 Research
CMBI 7607 Cellular Biology
CMBI 7698/7699 Thesis I/II
BIOL 6605 Biostatistics
CMBI 6606 CMBI 6617 (lab) CMBI 6608 or ENGL 6659
CMBI 6603 CMBI 6613 (lab) Elective or CMBI 7695 (Thesis Prep)
CMBI 6601 CMBI 6611 (lab) Elective or CMBI 7698 (Thesis I)
CMBI 7607 Elective Elective or CMBI 7699 (Thesis II)
15-week (full semester term) format
Time to Completion
The average time to degree completion is 24 months (4 semesters).
We offer two types of scholarships/assistantship to our international master’s students.
Dean’s scholarship provides up to 50% tuition assistance during their enrollment.
Provost Assistantship offers 75% tuition assistance and the opportunity to work for an academic department up to 20 hours per week during their enrollment.