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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 three 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
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.
- Dig It: Student's Passion Leads to Month-Long Excavation Trip in Belize
June 30, 2020
Victoria Pobok Bio'20, HumSci'20 has always loved learning about ancient cultures and this summer she was able to indulge that curiosity during a month-long archeological dig in Northern Belize studying the ancient Maya.
- USciences' Brewing Science Program Awarded Grant To Develop Quality Testing Lab
December 16, 2019
Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has approved $1.2 million in grants for 18 projects to increase the production of Pennsylvania-made malt and brewed beverages and enhance the Pennsylvania beer industry through promotion, marketing, and research-based programs and projects.
- University of the Sciences, Lallemand Brewing, and L2C Partners Announce GY7B Sour Beer Technology License Agreement
December 09, 2019
The GY7B technology allows Lallemand Brewing to further expand its portfolio of innovative and creative solutions for the brewing industry.
- USciences Student Explores Medical Field Through Competitive CHOP Internship
July 24, 2019
Cindy Hong Neuro'21 wrote a guest blog detailing her experiences at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP), a competitive 10-week summer internship.
- Fruit Fly Research Possible Key to Understanding Alzheimer's and Degenerative Diseases
July 16, 2019
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 explore degenerative diseases using fruit flies.
Peter B. Berget, PhD, Interim Department Chair
McNeil Science and Technology Center
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495