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  • 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

    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.

    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.


    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.

    Required Courses 
    IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research 2.0
    or MIIM 503SBiomedical Ethics  
    IDPT 501SBiostatistics I 2.0
    or MIIM 517SApplied Statistics for Biomedical Sciences  
    MIIM 527SImmunology, Immunopathology and 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 545SIntroduction to Infectious Diseases4.0
    MIIM 534SMolecular Medicine Journal Club I1.0
    MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
    MIIM 653SClinical Correlations in Infectious Disease3.0
    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  
    MLAS 529S
    Molecular Genetics  
    Total Credits36.0-39.0

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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


      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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