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MS in Molecular and Cell Biology

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Attend an Information Session

Attend an information session

Tuesday, October 27, 6 p.m.

This information session will take place online.

Join us for this opportunity to learn more about our program and meet with graduate admissions and financial aid representatives, graduate program directors and other prospective graduate students.



In Demand

The projected percent change in employment from 2016 to 2026 for biochemist jobs. This is a higher than average growth rate for jobs during this period. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017)



Median salary data for biochemists is $82,180. (BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey, May 2016)

Program Overview

You’ll study cell composition and function with an eye toward working in the burgeoning field of biotechnology, where you might develop new treatments, medications and detection methods for a range of debilitating illnesses. This multidisciplinary degree also prepares you for doctoral study in fields such as bioengineering, as well as for entrance to medical, dental and veterinary school.

Course work blends advanced biochemistry, cell biology, molecular genetics and other sub-fields with training in lab techniques and research methods. Experienced faculty teach you the theory and practical skills necessary for employment in hospital research labs, R&D departments and universities.

Our program gives you the flexibility of two distinct paths to graduation. In the traditional thesis track, you carry out significant laboratory research under the guidance of faculty in an on-campus, industrial or hospital lab setting. The second option enables you to take additional course work, culminating in a comprehensive written exam.

Video: Program Overview

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Dynamic career opportunities

Molecular and cell biology is going through a revolution with advances in technology. Learn how a graduate degree in molecular and cell biology or medical laboratory Sciences can advance your career in these growing industries.


A master's degree in molecular and cell biology can be useful in a number of career areas. Graduates can work in health and medicine, drug development, agriculture and related professions; research and university and college teaching. Biochemsitry majors gain abilities that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential careers.

Examples of careers for molecular and cell biology majors:

Medicine, Health and Pharmaceutical

  • Genetic Engineering
  • Medical Research
  • Biotechnology
  • Clinical Diagnostics
  • Nutrition
  • Toxicology


  • Environmental Consultant
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Medical Technology
  • Product Quality
  • Science Journalism
  • Training


  • College/University Teaching
  • Food Safety
  • Medical/Biotechnology Policy
  • Research Coordinator
  • Science Administration
  • Technical Writing


Faculty dedicated to student success

Quinnipiac’s College of Arts and Sciences professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars and accomplished in their own fields, teaching is their number one priority. Small class sizes, accessible professors with significant industry experience and a close-knit, diverse community create the kind of supporting, enriching environment that is rare. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, leading professionals.

Curriculum and Requirements

MS in Molecular and Cell Biology
Program of Study

The 34 credits required for the Master of Science in Molecular and Cell Biology include five courses (20 credits) in the science core, elective courses chosen in consultation with the program director and a thesis or non-thesis option (the non-thesis option requires the successful completion of a comprehensive examination; the thesis option requires 2 additional credits, for a total of 36 credits).


Core Curriculum
BIO 515Advanced Biochemistry4
BIO 568Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIO 571Molecular Genetics4
BIO 605DNA Methods Laboratory4
BIO 606Protein Methods Laboratory4
Thesis or Non-Thesis Option
Select one of the options14-16
Total Credits34-36

Thesis Option

Core Curriculum Requirements20
BIO 649Independent Research2
BIO 650Thesis I in Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIO 651Thesis II in Molecular and Cell Biology4
Graduate electives6
Total Credits36

Non-Thesis Option

Core Curriculum Requirements20
BIO 675Comp Exam in Molecular and Cell Biology2
Graduate electives12
Total Credits34

Graduate Elective Courses

BIO 505Writing and Science3
BIO 521Stem Cell Biology3
BIO 562Bioinformatics3
BIO 589Molecular and Cell Neurobiology3
BIO 649Independent Research2
BIO 650Thesis I in Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIO 651Thesis II in Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIO 675Comp Exam in Molecular and Cell Biology2
BIO 688Independent Study1-4
BIO 689Independent Study1-4
BMS 510Biostatistics3
BMS 517Human Embryology3
BMS 518Pathophysiology3
BMS 522Immunology3
BMS 526Epidemiology3
BMS 527Pharmacology3
BMS 532
Histology and Lab
and Histology Lab
BMS 564Fundamentals of Oncology4
BMS 565Leukemia3
BMS 569Antimicrobial Therapy3
BMS 570Virology4
BMS 572Pathogenic Microbiology (with lab)4
BMS 573Mycology3
BMS 576Drug Discovery and Development3
BMS 578Cellular Basis of Neurobiological Disorders3
BMS 579Molecular Pathology3
BMS 583Forensic Pathology3
BMS 595Transplantation Immunology3
BMS 599Biomarkers3
PA 515Human Physiology4

MS Thesis

The MS thesis option involves original laboratory research performed under the guidance of a thesis committee and the director of the molecular and cell biology program. The thesis committee evaluates a student’s progress by approving the research project and subsequently advising the student whenever the need arises.

Comprehensive Examination

The written comprehensive exam (BIO 675) is a requirement of the non-thesis option for the MS in Molecular and Cell Biology. Students must demonstrate both breadth and depth of knowledge by illustrating a command of the subject matter obtained from individual courses into unified concepts, which link the student’s own specialization to other fields of study. Completion of a minimum of four of the five core curriculum courses is required to register for the comprehensive examination. A minimum grade of a B- is required to pass the comprehensive examination. Students must meet with the program director before registering for the comprehensive exam.

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