MS in Infectious Disease
The Master of Science in Infectious Disease program provides graduate-level training in the fundamentals of molecular biology, cell biology, and immunology, as well as basic, translational, and clinical aspects of diseases caused by important infectious pathogens, including HIV, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), malarial parasites, influenza virus, and Zika virus.
Select from highly-focused study topics, including:
- Emerging pathogens
- Experimental therapeutics
- Principles of biocontainment
- Vaccines and vaccine development
- Viral, bacterial, parasitic, and fungal pathogens
Signature Curriculum Elements
The infectious disease graduate program has three signature elements in its curriculum:
- Introduction to Infectious Disease – Built around lectures in the Medical Microbiology course that College of Medicine medical students take as part of their second-year medical school curriculum
- Clinical Correlations in Infectious Disease – Features researchers and clinicians at the College of Medicine who talk about their active research programs in the field of infectious disease
- Research Internship in Infectious Disease – Involves you in basic, translational, or clinical research in the field of infectious disease at laboratories here at the College of Medicine or in other industry and biotechnology settings
- The infectious disease graduate program is designed to prepare students for careers in infectious disease in government, industry, and academic environments, and is ideally suited for enhancing scientific credentials
- Taught by expert faculty from Drexel University College of Medicine's Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease
An important element of the program is the required Research Internship in Infectious Disease. The internship encompasses one of three specific areas of research in the field:
- Basic discovery involving infectious bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic pathogens that cause human disease
- Translational research focused on the development of new approaches to diagnose, prevent, or treat infectious diseases
- Clinical infectious disease research focused on infectious diseases in humans
Learn more about Drexel University College of Medicine's Research Opportunities.
Learn about these other interdisciplinary and career-oriented MS programs offered by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Drexel University College of Medicine:
- Biomedicine and Business (Hybrid)
- Biomedicine and Digital Media (Hybrid)
- Biomedicine and Entrepreneurship (Online)
- Biomedicine and Law (Online)
- Immunology (Hybrid or On-Campus)
- Molecular Medicine (Online, Hybrid, or On-Campus)
The curriculum for the online MS in Infectious Disease program consists of 24 credits of required courses and 12 or more credits of elective courses. At least 36.0 credits are required to complete the program and earn a Master's Degree in Infectious Disease.
The program can be completed on a full-time basis in four semesters (approximately 21 months) or on a part-time basis over three or more years. Typical plans of study are available below. A minimum of 4.5 credits per semester is required to qualify for federal financial aid.
Although most students apply for entry into the program starting in the fall semester, we also consider applications from students who would like to begin their studies in the spring semester (which starts in the first week of January). Sample plans of study for a spring entry into the program are also available below.
Sample plans of study:
Each course with an MIIM or IDPT designation is offered by the Drexel University College of Medicine and is taught on a semester schedule (fall and spring). Course availability varies; most courses are only offered once per academic year.
|IDPT 500S||Responsible Conduct of Research||2.0|
|or MIIM 503S||Biomedical Ethics|
|IDPT 501S||Biostatistics I||2.0|
|or MIIM 517S||Applied Statistics for Biomedical Sciences|
|MIIM 527S||Immunology, Immunopathology and Infectious Diseases||3.0|
|MIIM 530S||Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I||3.0|
|MIIM 531S||Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II||2.0|
|MIIM 532S||Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine III||2.0|
|MIIM 533S||Molecular Medicine Journal Club II||1.0|
|MIIM 545S||Introduction to Infectious Diseases||4.0|
|MIIM 534S||Molecular Medicine Journal Club I||1.0|
|MIIM 606S||Microbiology and Immunology Seminar||1.0|
|MIIM 653S||Clinical Correlations in Infectious Disease||3.0|
|Vaccines and Vaccine Development|
|Principles of Biocontainment|
|Animal Models in Biotechnology|
|Viruses and Viral Infections|
|Bacteria and Bacterial Infections|
|Mycology and Fungal Infections|
|Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases|
|Molec. Mech. of Micro. Path|
|Emerging Infectious Diseases|
|Biotechniques and Laboratory Research I|
|Biotechniques and Laboratory Research II|
|Advanced Molecular Virology|
|Research Internship in Infectious Disease|
- 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
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
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 2018-2019 is $1540 per credit.
- This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
- Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
- These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
- All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu 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.
2017-2018 Academic Year
August 7, 2017
December 8, 2017
January 8, 2018
May 4, 2018
May 14, 2018
July 27, 2018
2018-2019 Academic Year
August 20, 2018
December 14, 2018
January 7, 2019
May 3, 2019
May 13, 2019
July 26, 2019