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  • Master’s Degree in Infectious Disease Online

    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

    Program Features

    Research Internship

    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.

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    Learn about these other interdisciplinary and career-oriented master's 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.

    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:

    Courses

    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.

    Required Courses  
    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 534S Molecular Medicine Journal Club I 1.0
    MIIM 545S Introduction to Infectious Diseases 4.0
    MIIM 606S Microbiology and Immunology Seminar 1.0
    MIIM 653S Clinical Correlations in Infectious Disease 3.0
    Electives 12.0-15.0
    MIIM 521S
    Biotechniques I  
    MIIM 522S
    Biotechniques II  
    MIIM 523S
    Molecular Virology  
    MIIM 524S
    Vaccines and Vaccine Development  
    MIIM 525S
    Principles of Biocontainment  
    MIIM 526S
    Animal Models in Biotechnology  
    MIIM 540S
    Viruses and Viral Infections  
    MIIM 541S
    Bacteria and Bacterial Infections  
    MIIM 542S
    Mycology and Fungal Infections  
    MIIM 543S
    Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases  
    MIIM 555S
    Molec. Mech. of Micro. Path  
    MIIM 613S
    Emerging Infectious Diseases  
    MIIM 615S
    Experimental Therapeutics  
    MIIM 621S
    Biotechniques and Laboratory Research I  
    MIIM 622S
    Biotechniques and Laboratory Research II  
    MIIM 625S
    Advanced Molecular Virology  
    MIIM 652S
    Research Internship in Infectious Disease  
    MIIM 660S
    Current Concepts in Molecular Medicine I  
    MLAS 529S
    Molecular Genetics  
    Total Credits 36.0-39.0

     

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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

      Tuition

      The tuition rate for the academic year 2018-2019 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.
        • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
        • 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

      2018-2019 Academic Year

      Term

      Classes Begin

      Classes End

      Fall 2018

      August 20, 2018

      December 14, 2018

      Spring 2019

      January 7, 2019

      May 3, 2019

      Summer 2019

      May 13, 2019

      July 26, 2019

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