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Molecular Basis of Cancer Online Program Frequently Asked Questions

What type of students should choose the online programs in Molecular Basis of Cancer?

Both recent graduates and professionals actively working in the cancer biology field are encouraged to apply. Students who are interested in or are currently working on basic science, translational, or clinical research in cancer biology will benefit from completing the online certificate or master’s program.

If you are interested in acquiring in-person laboratory experiences, you can learn more about our MS program in Cancer Biology here.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

For all questions regarding the programs and curriculum, please email the program director Dr. Jessica Chen ( For all questions regarding Drexel Online degrees and programs, please contact Drexel University Online ( For assistance with application and enrollment, please contact Drexel Central Offices.

How should I apply?

Please go to (Certificate) or (MS) websites and click on the “APPLY NOW” tab on the upper right corner.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline for fall 2023 is August 1, 2023.

What are the benefits of completing an online program at Drexel University?

Drexel University is the leading institution in online education. Employers and previous students have high regard for the quality of online certificate and graduate programs offered by Drexel University College of Medicine. You will learn from the prestigious faculties who are the leading experts in the field on cancer biology. As an online student, you will have the same level of support as our on-campus students, including tech support, library services, writing center and career center.

Will I be able to choose how many courses to take each semester to better fit my schedule?

Yes. Most students take one or two courses each semester. The sample plans of study include taking two courses (5 credits) each semester for both the online post-baccalaureate certificate and master’s programs.

How does the online coursework differ from the traditional in-person graduate programs?

No thesis or in-person laboratory research is required for the online certificate program. The courses are specifically designed to offer maximum flexibility to part-time students. All of the recorded lectures are 15-30 minutes in length and the course activities can be completed asynchronously. A sample study schedule with clear deadlines is posted for each course and the students can work ahead/behind based on their weekly availability.

What type of device will I need for completing the online program?

All courses will be available through Drexel Blackboard Learn. A computer with a webcam and microphone is required. In addition, you will need to have access to stable high-speed internet. The synchronous review sessions will be held on Zoom. The exams will be offered through ExamSoft. You will not need to purchase any software to complete the online program.

Will I be able to interact with fellow students and faculty regularly?

Yes. All of the courses require student-student and student-faculty interactions through various tools, including online discussion boards and recorded video threads. Additionally, students are encouraged to reach out to faculties and program director via email if they have questions or suggestions regarding the courses or the program.

What are the admission requirements?

All applicants with a BA or BS in biology, chemistry, or related majors are welcome to apply. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (3.00 for the master’s program) or higher is required, but applicants with lower GPA may be considered.

Are GRE scores required to apply?

No. Students who have taken GRE or MCAT are encouraged to include their scores in the application (optional).

Will I be eligible for financial aid?

Only for the master of science program. All part-time students registered for more than 4.5 credits in the online master’s program in Molecular Basis of Cancer are eligible for financial aid. More information can be found at