The mission of the master's program in Molecular Biosciences is to develop outstanding research scientists capable of understanding the basic mechanisms of human health and disease. This knowledge is often the first step in developing therapies used to diagnose or reduce threats posed by cancer, diabetes, infectious diseases or other conditions.
Mirroring a Ph.D. program, the M.S. in Molecular Biosciences is built around a thesis project led by the student and supported by their faculty research mentor. Thesis research begins in the first year, continues through the summer, and culminates with a thesis presentation and defense at the end of the second year.
Alternatively, the M.S. Molecular Biosciences program features a capstone option. The core elements of this track include an experiential learning opportunity and a capstone course that prepares students to meet current and emerging workforce needs in the biopharmaceutical industry, and in federal or state health labs.
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The program has two tracks: Thesis track and Capstone track. The Thesis track emphasizes the importance of high quality research and is designed to assist students in fulfilling their potential as research scientists. It requires the completion of original research and publication of a thesis describing that research. The Capstone Track provides students with co-operative experiential learning opportunities (Co-op) in biopharmaceutical industry, federal or state public health labs, or clinical research laboratories to gain skills and knowledge required for seeking employment in these sectors. The Capstone course serves as a culminating part of this track and requires the production of a written document based on 1) literature review on an existing scientific topic or 2) a no-credit experiential learning experience such as a co-op, internship, or basic/clinical lab research.
The graduates from this program can have careers that involve research by government agencies, research centers, non-profit organizations, industry, colleges and universities. It also prepares students for advanced degrees in the microbiology, immunology, molecular and cell biology, and medicine.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will:
• Obtain broad knowledge through courses, laboratory, and the scientific literature in the field of molecular biosciences
• Demonstrate skills to conduct independent original research in a specialized area of molecular biosciences or work on real-world
problems in the biopharmaceutical industry
• Demonstrate the ability to organize and effectively communicate oral and written scientific information
• Develop the skills to be competitive for jobs in academia and industry
• Develop the skills to be competitive for graduate or professional programs
- Confocal microscopes
- Fluorescent microscopes
- Flow Cytometer
- In vivo imaging system
- Mass spectrometer
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
- Quantitative real-time PCR machines
In addition to these resources, ACPHS faculty and students benefit from shared facilities with nearby research laboratories and the College’s Center for Biopharmaceutical Education and Training (CBET) located in Albany, NY.
- Admission into top Ph.D. programs in biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, microbiology, and molecular biology
- Admission into dental and medical schools
- Work as research technicians in private or government biomedical science research laboratories
- Work as quality control analysts in the pharmaceutical industry