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Molecular Basis of Cancer Online Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program Frequently Asked Questions

What type of students should choose the Molecular Basis of Cancer online certificate program?

Both recent graduates and professionals actively working in the cancer biology field are encouraged to apply. The online certificate program provides in-depth knowledge in the molecular, cellular and physiological basis of cancer necessary for you to launch or advance your career. 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 program.

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

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 prestigious faculty 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 plan of study includes taking two courses (5 credits) each semester and completing the program in three semesters.

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 the faculty and program director via email if they have questions or suggestions regarding the courses or the program.

When does the online program begin?

The fall 2022 classes start Monday, August 15, 2022.

What are the admission requirements for the online certificate program?

All applicants with a BA or BS in biology, chemistry or related majors are welcome to apply. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 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).

Where should I send my application materials?

Drexel University Online will assist you with completing your application. You can also email or call 877.215.0009 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

Will I be eligible for financial aid?

Yes. All part-time students registered for more than 4.5 credits are eligible for financial aid. More information can be found at