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  • MS in Immunology


    The online Master of Science in Immunology program provides the enhanced educational credentials you need for basic discovery, translational, and clinical research careers related to infectious and inflammatory disease, as well as other immunologic problems pursued in government, industry and academic environments. The program provides a specialized focus on research and development relevant to new immunodiagnostics, immunotherapeutics, and vaccines to prevent and/or treat infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, influenza, malaria and many other viral, bacterial, parasitic and fungal pathogens. 

    During the program you will learn:

    • Animal model development and use, basic discovery, and biological containment laboratories
    • Immune response mechanisms
    • Immunologic redundancy
    • Immunomodulators and immune response modifiers
    • Immunotherapeutic and vaccine target identification
    • Innate and adaptive immune escape mechanisms
    • Vaccine discovery and development

    Program Features

    • Geared toward careers related to infectious and inflammatory disease
    • Designed to accommodate a variety of different academic and career backgrounds, allowing for flexibility on multiple levels
    • Taught by expert faculty from Drexel University College of Medicine's Department of Microbiology and Immunology
    • A hands-on research internship experience that can be taken at Drexel or an approved location near you

    Related Programs

    Learn about these other interdisciplinary and career-oriented MS programs offered by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Drexel University College of Medicine:

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    Courses encompass the fundamental requirements to establish a solid grounding in microbiology and infectious disease, immunology, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology.

    Research experiences will form a large component of the program, which can be completed with or without a thesis.

    Required Courses 
    IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
    or MIIM 503SBiomedical Ethics  
    IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
    or MIIM 517SApplied Statistics for Biomedical Sciences  
    MIIM 527SImmunology, Immunopathology & Infectious Diseases3.0
    MIIM 530SFundamentals of Molecular Medicine I3.0
    MIIM 531SFundamentals of Molecular Medicine II2.0
    MIIM 532SFundamentals of Molecular Medicine III2.0
    MIIM 533SMolecular Medicine Journal Club II1.0
    MIIM 534SMolecular Medicine Journal Club I1.0
    MIIM 546SIntroduction to Immunology2.0
    MIIM 606SMicrobiology & Immunology Seminar 1.0
    MIIM 654SClinical Correlations in Immunology3.0
    Choose 14 credits from the following: 
    MIIM 502SMicro & Immuno Journal Club  
    MIIM 521SBiotechniques I 
    MIIM 522SBiotechniques II 
    MIIM 524SVaccines and Vaccine Development 
    MIIM 525SPrinciples of Biocontainment 
    MIIM 526SAnimal Models in Biotechnology 
    MIIM 527SImmunology, Immunopathology and Infectious Diseases  
    MIIM 540SViruses and Viral Infections 
    MIIM 541SBacteria and Bacterial Infections 
    MIIM 542SMycology and Fungal Infections 
    MIIM 543SParasitology and Parasitic Diseases 
    MIIM 555SMolec. Mech. of Micro. Path 
    MIIM 607SImmunology II 
    MIIM 612SMolec Mech of Viral Pathogens I 
    MIIM 613SEmerging Infectious Diseases   
    MIIM 615SExperimental Therapeutics 
    MIIM 621SBiotechniques and Laboratory Research I  
    MIIM 622SBiotechniques and Laboratory Research II  
    MIIM 625SAdvanced Molecular Virology  
    MIIM 630SAdvanced Molecular Biology 
    MIIM 651SResearch Internship in Immunology  
    MLAS 529SMolecular Genetics  
    Total Credits36.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A four-year biology or chemistry-based bachelor's degree with coursework in biology, microbiology, immunology, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, and/or other related subjects
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
      • Lower GPA's will be considered if other strengths are apparent in your application

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Three letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
      • Personal statement (approximately 500 words) that addresses your:
        • Reasons for pursuing a degree from Drexel,
        • Short and long-term career plans, and
        • Vision of how your background, experience, interests, and/or values, when combined with a Drexel degree, will enable you to pursue these goals successfully
      • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
      • Additional requirements for International Students

      Additional Recommended Documents

      • Standardized test scores are not required, but highly recommended in order to make your application more competitive
        • Score reports accepted: GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT
        • Drexel's school code is 2194


      The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $1495 per credit.

      • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
      • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
        • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
        • All students must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
        • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
        • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

      Additional Equipment Fees


      Academic Calendar

      2017-2018 Academic Year


      Classes Begin

      Classes End

      Fall 2017

      August 7, 2017

      December 8, 2017

      Spring 2018

      January 8, 2018

      May 4, 2018

      Summer 2018

      May 14, 2018

      July 27, 2018

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