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Immunology (IMNO) Curriculum

Participation in the Master of Science in Immunology (IMNO) program will provide enhanced educational credentials through a flexible curriculum, with most classes offered in the early evening to maximize accessibility. Classes can be attended at two Drexel University College of Medicine locations: the Center City and Queen Lane Campuses in Philadelphia. State-of-the-art videoconferencing provides real-time interactive learning at both locations. The program can also now be completed online, with all required courses and many electives available.

The Immunology Program Is Also Online

If you prefer an online learning experience, you can still earn a Drexel master's degree in the field of immunology. The online Master of Science in Immunology program features the same curriculum, flexibility, course content, and instructors as the traditional, face-to-face degree program.

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In addition to broad geographic access, the master of science degree in immunology will encompass two years of required and elective graduate courses and a comprehensive research internship package completed during the course of the two-year training program. The internship will encompass three specific areas of research:

  1. Basic discovery of innate and adaptive immune response mechanisms
  2. Translational research centered in therapeutic and preventive vaccine development or the development of immunomodulatory strategies
  3. Clinical immunology research arena

The immunology graduate program will also include a one-semester experience in clinical and research grand rounds focused on clinical problems associated with inflammatory disease. Some students may opt to complete the program on a part-time basis, taking up to four years. In either sequence, no dissertation is required. Program directors and course faculty will work closely with each student to best achieve his or her specific goals.

Degree Requirements

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Sample Plan of Study

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Research Internship

The Research Internship in Immunology provides a hands-on research experience in the field of immunology. Student projects will focus on basic, translational, or clinical biomedical research. Internship hosts will be chosen on the basis of their research, as well as student interests and future career goals. While emphasis will be placed on laboratories within Drexel University, internships may also be completed in laboratories at other academic institutions or at sites outside of Drexel University involved in immunological research.

Program Level Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Science in Immunology program will achieve seven program level outcomes that describe the skills, competencies and knowledge gained through completion of the program curriculum.

  • Develop broad core knowledge in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology and immunology
  • Develop a working knowledge of innate and adaptive immune responses, how these responses can be protective, and how they contribute to disease
  • Develop skills in analytical and critical thinking related to immunological research documented in the primary literature and in collegial presentations
  • Develop skills in basic, translational, or clinical research and apply analytical skills and critical thinking to data analyses
  • Develop professional ethics necessary for the responsible conduct of research
  • Develop oral and written communication skills and demonstrate the ability to interact and work effectively with others in work settings involving cultural and demographic diversity
  • Develop other soft skills (e.g. collaboration, problem solving, career planning, networking) that facilitate career advancement and promotion

Student Computer Recommendations

Students and staff are advised to purchase computers listed under "Small Business" or "Business" categories rather than from "Consumer" product lines. Please refer to the specifications listed in the Computer Buying Guide to gain the most longevity from your computer.

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Students in the Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies viewing slides under a microscope.