Master's in Molecular Biosciences

The mission of the Master's 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)

  • Molecular Genetics and Genomics
  • 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


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.

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 offical WES or ECE evaluations.
  • Minimum two letters of recommendation from faculty and/or professionally relevant sources who can attest to your likelihood of success in graduate shool
  • Resume
  • Personal essay outlining relevant background/experience and why you wish to attend ACPHS
  • Official GRE scores (please note the college code is 2013)
  • International applicants must also submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • $75 application fee

The deadline to apply is April 15 for fall enrollment, but early application is encouraged for the best chance of admission.