Quinnipiac University

Dual-Degree BS in Biology/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology (4+1) Admissions

We make our admission process as straightforward and personalized as possible. If you have any questions or need guidance, our counselors and advisers in the College of Arts and Sciences are available to assist you at every stage of your application process.

Application Timeline

You can apply for this program up until the spring semester of your junior year using a special application form available in the College of Arts and Sciences. Those interested in this program should contact the appropriate program chair.

Admission Requirements

Admission into dual-degree programs is competitive. Only students who have earned at least 75 credits with an overall GPA of 3.0 are considered. Meeting the minimum criteria for consideration does not guarantee admission.

Students in the dual-degree program may complete up to 9 credits of graduate courses during their senior year, which also fulfill undergraduate open electives. Students must work with their undergraduate adviser and the molecular and cell biology director to ensure that the courses fit into both degree programs. Students must present satisfactory performance in their graduate course work completed during their senior year to be officially admitted into the graduate program upon completion of the BS degree.

Paths to the MS in Molecular and Cell Biology

We offer 4 different paths for you to earn your master’s degree in molecular and cell biology.

  • Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Biochemistry/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology (3+1)
    3 undergraduate years + 1 graduate year
    This program restructures the traditional bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and the master’s degree in molecular and cell biology into an accelerated timeframe. The 3+1 program does not require any additional courses.
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  • Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Biology/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology (3+1)
    3 undergraduate years + 1 graduate year
    This program restructures the traditional bachelor’s degree in biology and the master’s degree in molecular and cell biology into an accelerated timeframe. The 3+1 program does not require any additional courses.
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  • Dual-Degree BS in Biology/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology (4+1)
    4 undergraduate years + 1 graduate year
    Students who do not qualify for the accelerated program are encouraged to enroll in the biochemistry program as first-year students and apply to the dual-degree program in their junior year. This five-year program will provide a path to a master’s degree without required testing.
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  • MS in Molecular and Cell Biology
    2 graduate years
    Students who are enrolled in an undergraduate science program can apply to our master’s program.
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Key Admission Dates

Apply for the fall semester
Application Type Application Deadline Recommended FAFSA-Filing Date*
Decision Notifications Sent to Applicants Matriculation Fee and Housing Deposit Due
Early Decision November 1 December 1 Mid-December February 1
Early Action I November 15 March 1 Mid-January May 3
Early Action II January 1 March 1 Early February May 3
Regular Decision March 1 March 1 Mid-March May 3

Early Action and Regular Decision: These application plans are non-binding. 
Early Decision: This application plan is binding.

*Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available October 1.

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