Course Information

Curriculum Design

Each of the three professional science master's degree programs share courses common to all three programs:

  • specific courses for critical content in each discipline
  • laboratory experiences essential for the development of requisite skill and knowledge sets
  • a common seminar series
  • a capstone course and internships to provide essential hands-on learning in the field

Common characteristics of all three PSM programs are:

  • interdisciplinary
  • non-thesis
  • involve both the university and its industry partners
  • emphasize teamwork, problem-solving, communication
  • scientific knowledge and technical skills
  • designed to integrate university coursework with business and industrial internships to better prepare students for the variety of career paths associated with the life science and health science industry

Program Options 

The Cell and Molecular Biology Department offers both a Research emphasis and Biotechnology emphasis M.S. Degree in an interdisciplinary program. The program will allow students to achieve individual goals while serving diverse student interests. Students have the opportunity to pursue graduate work in two emphases:

Which program is for me?

The Master of Science in CMB degree program is designed to meet the needs of baccalaureate-trained professionals.

The Research Emphasis M.S. is the appropriate degree track for students who are interested in research and may consider continuing their education to earn a Ph.D. This emphasis offers traditional inquiry-based laboratory research culminating in a thesis.

The Biotechnology Emphasis is ideal for students aiming for a career working in, or managing, an applied science laboratory. It is a "Professional Science Master's" (PSM) program designed and developed in parallel with two new similar programs in Biostatistics and Medical and Bioinformatics. This emphasis provides students with a practical and applied curriculum that is closely tied to the scientific workforce needs of business / industry and includes an intensive internship experience.

Students in both emphases will have access to the same course offerings, but those in Biotechnology will have a more structured plan of coursework.


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