MS in Infectious Disease Overview 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 pathogensExperimental therapeuticsPrinciples of biocontainmentVaccines and vaccine developmentViral, bacterial, parasitic, and fungal pathogensSignature Curriculum ElementsThe 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 curriculumClinical 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 diseaseResearch 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 settingsProgram FeaturesThe 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 credentialsTaught by expert faculty from Drexel University College of Medicine's Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious DiseaseResearch InternshipAn 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 diseaseTranslational research focused on the development of new approaches to diagnose, prevent, or treat infectious diseasesClinical infectious disease research focused on infectious diseases in humansLearn more about Drexel University College of Medicine's Research Opportunities.Related ProgramsLearn 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)State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more. Curriculum 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:Fall semester entry – Full-time | Part-timeSpring semester entry – Full-time | Part-timeCoursesEach 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.Required Courses IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research 2.0or MIIM 503SBiomedical Ethics IDPT 501SBiostatistics I 2.0or MIIM 517SApplied Statistics for Biomedical Sciences MIIM 527SImmunology, Immunopathology and Infectious Diseases3.0MIIM 530SFundamentals of Molecular Medicine I3.0MIIM 531SFundamentals of Molecular Medicine II2.0MIIM 532SFundamentals of Molecular Medicine III2.0MIIM 533SMolecular Medicine Journal Club II1.0MIIM 545SIntroduction to Infectious Diseases4.0MIIM 534SMolecular Medicine Journal Club I1.0MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0MIIM 653SClinical Correlations in Infectious Disease3.0Electives12.0-15.0MIIM 521SBiotechniques I MIIM 522SBiotechniques II MIIM 523SMolecular Virology MIIM 524SVaccines and Vaccine Development MIIM 525SPrinciples of Biocontainment MIIM 526SAnimal Models in Biotechnology 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 613SEmerging Infectious Diseases MIIM 615SExperimental Therapeutics MIIM 621SBiotechniques and Laboratory Research I MIIM 622SBiotechniques and Laboratory Research II MIIM 625SAdvanced Molecular Virology MIIM 652SResearch Internship in Infectious Disease MLAS 529SMolecular Genetics Total Credits36.0-39.0View Course Descriptions 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 subjectsCumulative GPA of 3.0 or above Lower GPA's will be considered if other strengths are apparent in your application Required DocumentsWith multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.A completed applicationOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedThree 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, andVision of how your background, experience, interests, and/or values, when combined with a Drexel degree, will enable you to pursue these goals successfullyResume or Curriculum VitaeAdditional requirements for International StudentsAdditional Recommended DocumentsStandardized test scores are not required, but highly recommended in order to make your application more competitive Score reports accepted: GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCATDrexel's school code is 2194 Tuition 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 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. Additional Equipment Fees Academic Calendar 2017-2018 Academic Year Term 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 Apply today for the MS in Infectious Disease Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! or Previously enrolled at Drexel? Learn more about readmission. Any problems? Find help or contact us.