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  • MS in Molecular Medicine


    The online Master of Science in Molecular Medicine program provides extensive training in the academic, research and entrepreneurial aspects of biomedical sciences with an emphasis on translational research in the development of therapeutics and vaccines.

    Offered by Drexel University’s prestigious College of Medicine, this online program was developed to provide the enhanced academic credentials needed in your existing role or to serve as the foundation for pursuing a career in the biomedical industrial sciences.

    The program encompasses fundamental requirements to establish a sound grounding in microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology. It’s designed with two years of required and elective graduate courses, and a research internship in the summer session of the first or second year.

    Program Features

    • Can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Part-time students must finish within four years. Students interested in the full-time option should discuss their plan of study with an advisor/program director.
    • Experiential research internship opportunity in either an academic or company setting
    • Program directors and course faculty work closely with you to best achieve your specific goals
    • No thesis or dissertation required

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    The Master of Science in Molecular Medicine program is designed to provide academic and practical biotechnological knowledge in translational research, particularly in the areas of molecular therapeutics and vaccine development. The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Students interested in the full-time option should speak with an advisor.

    The research component of the curriculum can be fulfilled by two alternative approaches. Most choose to engage in a hands-on 12 week research internship at a laboratory at Drexel, another academic institution, or at a biotechnology or biopharmaceutical company. Alternatively, you may engage in an independent research project, with the approval and supervision of Program Directors.

    A thesis is not required. 

    Required Courses 
    IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research 2.0
    IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
    MIIM 540SViruses and Viral Infections 2.0
    MIIM 541SBacteria and Bacterial Infections 2.0
    MIIM 542SMycology and Fungal Infections 2.0
    MIIM 543S  Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases 2.0
    MIIM 527S  Immunology, Immunopathology and Infectious Diseases 3.0
    MIIM 530SFundamentals of Molecular Medicine I 2.0
    MIIM 531SFundamentals of Molecular Medicine II 2.0
    MIIM 532SFundamentals of Molecular Medicine III 2.0
    MIIM 533SMolecular Medicine Journal Club II1.0
    MIIM 534SMolecular Medicine Journal Club I1.0
    MIIM 606SMicrobiology & Immunology Seminar 1.0
    Choose from the following, including your required research component:
    MIIM 521SBiotechniques I 
    MIIM 522SBiotechniques II 
    MIIM 523SMolecular Virology 
    MIIM 524SVaccines and Vaccine Development 
    MIIM 525SPrinciples of Biocontainment 
    MIIM 526SAnimal Models in Biotechnology 
    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 650SResearch Internship in Molecular Medicine 
    Total Credits  36.0

    Admissions Criteria

    • A four-year biology or chemistry-based BA or BS degree, with undergraduate coursework in biology, microbiology, immunology, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, and/or other related subjects
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (lower cumulative GPA’s will be considered if other strengths are apparent in the 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 from professionals or former instructors
      • Resume
      • Official GRE or MCAT Score Reports (optional)
      • Personal Statement of approximately 500 words that addresses the following points: 
        • Your reasons for pursuing a degree from Drexel
        • Your short-term and long-term career plans
        • Your vision of how your background, experience, interests, and/or values, when combined with a Drexel degree, will enable you to pursue these goals successfully. 
      • Additional requirements for International Students


      The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $1451 per credit.

      Additional Equipment Fees

      • This rate applies only to new online students.
        • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
      • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • 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.

      Academic Calendar

      2016-2017 Academic Year

      Classes Begin 
      Classes End 

      Fall 2016     

      August 8, 2016

      December 9, 2016

      Spring 2017 

      January 3, 2017

      May 5, 2017

      Summer 2017 

      May 8, 2017

      July 21, 2017

      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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