Master's in Molecular Biosciences

The mission of the master's program in Molecular Biosciences (MSMB) program is to train scientists in the basic mechanisms of human health and disease. The program emphasizes the importance of high quality research and is designed to assist students in fulfilling their potential as research scientists.

Students benefit from an interdisciplinary program that brings together basic, applied, and clinical faculty from multiple departments to provide  individualized, cutting-edge biomedical research training.

Research areas encompass a broad range of disciplines including molecular genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, pathophysiology, microbiology, immunology, and infectious diseases.

The program offers courses in core subjects, laboratory research techniques, ethical conduct of science, and a graduate seminar course. Courses are taught in an interactive classroom environment, with graduate students receiving the individual attention necessary to succeed.

The primary requirement for the MSMB program is the completion of original research and the publication of a thesis describing that research. Students typically complete the program in two years.


The curriculum includes 30 credits of advanced-level coursework and six (6) credits of thesis research, which includes the writing and defense of one's thesis. Full-time students generally take 9-12 credits per semester.

Students in the MSMB program will take the below courses and thesis credits to meet the requirements for graduation. All graduate students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to remain in good standing and be eligible for graduation. 

Core Requirements (13 credits)

  • Advanced Molecular Biology
  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • Statistical Inference and Modeling
  • Ethics in Research
  • Research Design/Thesis Proposal
  • Journal Club

Elective Courses (12 credits)

A selection of sample electives is provided below:

  • Immunopharmacology
  • Contemporary Issues in Infectious Disease
  • Advanced Topics in Microbiology
  • Toxicology
  • Bioanalytical Techniques

Research (8 credits)

  • Research Rotation
  • Master's Thesis

Thesis Requirements and Sample Projects

The master’s thesis is a collaborative research effort between the student and a mentor chosen by the student. Thesis advisors and thesis committees composed of graduate faculty are typically chosen in the fall or early spring of the first year of full time study.

It is expected that research work begins in the first year, continues through the summer and culminates in a thesis defense, typically at the end of the second year.

In order better understand the type of research being done by students in the Molecular Biosciences program, below is a list of recent thesis titles:

  • Role of Francisella Tularensis Factor(s) in Modulation of Host Immune Response
  • Targeted Modulation of Endothelial Lipase Using Novel Treatments for Low Levels of HDL Cholesterol
  • Effect of Vitamin D Supplementation on Glucose control and Inflammatory Response in Type II Diabetic Patients
  • Role of NF-kB Pathway and Potential of Estrogen and its Nanoformulation in Sepsis
  • Effects of Heparin Derivatives versus P-Selectin Inhibitor on the Cellular Adhesion: A Potential Approach in the Management of Sickle Cell Disease
  • Comparative Evaluation of the Efficacy of Bioengineered Heparin versus Porcine USP Heparins
  • FGFR-2 (BEK) Expression in Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma with Clinical Correlation
  • The Influence of Vitamin D Receptor Polymorphisms on Blood Lead and Neuroantibody Prevalence in Hemodialysis Patients: Implications for Neurological Involvement
  • In Vitro Pharmacodynamics Modeling of Nafcillin Alone and in Combination with Daptomycin against Staphylococcus aurenus
  • Effect of Estrogen and Ovariectomy on Response of the Rabbit Urinary Bladder to Two Forms of In-Vitro Oxidative Damage
  • Role of Heparin Derivatives and Platelet-Cancer Cell Adhesion in Tumor Meastasis
  • Novel Treatment for Prostate Cancer Using 5α-reductase Inhibitor Type II and Erα Blocker
  • Study of miR-21 and miR-221 Expression in Breast Cancer FFPE Tissue Sections by Real Time PCR and Chromogenic in situ Hybridization

Career Pathways

The graduates from this program will find careers that involve research by government agencies, research centers, non-profit organizations, colleges and universities.

The program also prepares students for careers in biomedical technology, health monitoring and diagnostics and medical device development. The MSMB serves as excellent preparation for pursuing advanced degrees in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, and medicine.

Admission and Application Requirements

The MSMB program welcomes applications from academically well-prepared students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in a bachelor's degree in an appropriately related program such as chemistry, biology, biochemistry or laboratory sciences. Successful candidates will also have a background or demonstrated interest in working in a clinical or research setting.

To apply, the following is required:

  • Completion of the online application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, regardless if a degree was earned or not. International applicants must also submit official WES or ECE evaluations.  All US transcripts and WES or ECE evaluations must be sent directly to PharmCAS
  • Names and contact information of at least 2 professional or academic references (to be submitted on the application)
  • Personal essay outlining relevant background/experience and why you wish to attend graduate school (to be submitted on the application)
  • Official GRE scores sent directly to ACPHS (please note the college code is 2013)
  • Current ACPHS students with a gpa of 3.0 or higher applying for direct entry into the graduate school are exempt from taking the GRE.
  • International applicants must also submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores directly to ACPHS

The deadline to apply has been extended. Please contact Ann Bruno in the Office of Graduate Studies for applicable deadline dates and instructions.

Visit the Graduate Admissions landing page to view a complete list of admission and application requirements, including the online application.

Contact Us

Ann Bruno
Office of Graduate Studies
106 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 694-7130