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Biological Sciences, MS, PhD, Certificate
Our understanding of cellular and molecular systems is increasing at a breakneck pace. So is the demand for professionals trained in manipulating genes, cells, and their products in technical and research environments.
Our programs offer the in-depth knowledge that private-sector companies and public sector laboratories seek. With four Masters level options, a certificate, and the PhD, our programs are designed to fit your needs and goals. MS degrees can be completed in about two years—the PhD in less than five. The cost for the MS and PhD programs is $1,676 per credit, while the cost for the Certificate is $1,000 per credit.
Our graduates enter a variety of career fields including genetics, clinical settings, the pharmaceutical industry and beyond. Our MS-level graduates fill mid- and upper-level technical positions in the private and governmental sectors. PhD graduates are highly-qualified and skilled researchers, supervisors, team or division leaders, or serve a variety of other managerial or supervisory roles.
From mapping genomes, to manipulating cells, to developing biotechnology that can save lives and safeguard our planet, this is a thrilling new era for the biological sciences. With a Masters degree in Cell Biology and Biotechnology from USciences, you will gain hands-on experience at the leading edge of an ever-evolving field. You will learn the same techniques and technologies that are being used in industry and private research labs. And, you will work alongside world-class faculty in the region’s only science-focused university.
Choose from four unique options:
- Thesis Option—for students interested in conducting research and writing a thesis
- Non-thesis Option—requires course work only
- Non-thesis Professional Option—targets students who may fast-track to a management-level position within a current or desired company
- Non-thesis Option with Certificate in Biomedical Writing—ideal for those who wish to pursue the area of regulatory writing
This interdisciplinary PhD allows you to conduct research alongside acclaimed faculty. PhD projects not only incorporate elements of both cell and molecular biology, but also microbiology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, and more.
A partnership with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) offers a DO/PhD combining the doctor of osteopathic medicine with a doctorate in cell and molecular biology. The degree is designed to train physician scientists to perform fundamental research on human health issues, speed translational research to clinical practice, or develop related approaches.
If you already hold a bachelor’s degree, the Biotechnology Certificate will give you additional specialized knowledge and hands-on skills for a competitive edge in the market, or to prepare for an MS or PhD program. Gain valuable lab experience with molecular manipulation and biomolecules, and build on your scientific foundation with courses in biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, and cell biology.
What Sets Us Apart?
- Our small size adds a level of agility across lab and course work. We offer new perspectives
and techniques that keep pace with the industry, along with experiences that rival
the largest institutions.
- Individualized attention and practical, hands-on experience with the same instruments
and techniques employed by the most sophisticated research labs.
- Strong research-intensive career preparation, perfect for academia and private industry.
Fruit Fly Research Possible Key to Understanding Alzheimer's and Degenerative Diseases
July 16, 2019
What if someone told you fruit flies could be the answer to understanding and treating degenerative diseases? Thanks to a new grant from the National Institute of Health, Maggie Pearce PhD, assistant professor of biology and neuroscience, is leading a new study to find that data using the tiny insects.
USciences Celebrates Its 198-Year History at Founders' Day
February 18, 2019
With pomp and circumstance, USciences faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends marked 198 years since the University was established at a special Founders' Day ceremony on Feb. 14, 2019.
What Kind of Bacteria Are on the Bottom of Our Shoes?
July 10, 2018
Jason Heindl PhD, assistant professor of biology, helped to guide Jenn Frederick from Fox29's Good Day Philadelphia through the kind of bacteria cultivated from the morning show team members' shoes.
Mentorship in USciences' Lab Helps High School Student Advance Research
April 05, 2018
With the guidance of Dr. Heindl, Zhong was able to advance her hypothesis and explore how the bacteriophage viruses can communicate with each other.
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