MS in Biological Sciences

The Master’s in Biological Sciences program begins with a flexible core curriculum to provide a strong foundation in the fields of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and molecular biology. In the second year, students can choose from a range of advanced and specialized elective courses.

General Requirements

The MS in Biological Sciences requires 45 credits. This degree can be pursued either full-time or part-time. Soon after matriculation, the student completes a plan of study with the graduate advisor to outline his or her specific program. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available.

The non-thesis option is solely course-based and requires the student to pass a written comprehensive examination to graduate.

The thesis option requires completion of coursework, as well as an original research project mentored by a department faculty member. Students wishing to pursue PhD candidacy are encouraged to elect the MS with thesis. To be accepted into the MS thesis program, formal acceptance into the research program of a faculty member must first be obtained. In some instances, faculty members can act as co-mentors if students are able to perform MS thesis research in their place of employment. After all other requirements are completed, the MS student defends the thesis at a final oral examination.

Drexel University College of Medicine classes may be taken as electives with the approval of the Research Committee.

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Degree Requirements

Bioscience Course Descriptions

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For information on course scheduling or waiving specific course requirements, please contact the graduate advisor:

Kathleen Pelusi