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Molecular and
Cellular Biology (M.S.M.C.B.)

Master of Science

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & HEALTH

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Benedictine University’s Master of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology program is a two-year graduate degree program with a full-time curriculum designed for graduates of a bachelor’s program in Biology and other related sciences.

The program provides skills that will improve or broaden abilities in the field and use current technologies to culminate in a Master’s degree. Students seeking careers in research, academics or interested in honing their lab skills will be provided valuable and marketable experience. They would benefit from the core courses of our program that will establish the fundamentals of molecular and cellular biology and common techniques, hands-on lab experience with typical and newer techniques, critical analyses of literature in the field, and experience with scientific writing. The program also serves students interested in applying to doctoral programs in biomedical research. Students with diverse interests are encouraged to apply and will be provided with the right tools and a meaningful path to succeed in their future endeavors.

Benedictine University’s Master of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology program is a two-year STEM designated graduate degree program with a full-time curriculum designed for graduates of a bachelor’s program in Biology and other related sciences.

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Students in the Master of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology program have the opportunities to:

Develop critical thinking and molecular and cellular biology competencies through course and lab experiences.
Demonstrate ability to code for bioinformatics applications and use common molecular biology databases.
Show their abilities in advanced coursework and lab work suitable for pursuing careers in the field or PhD degrees.
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What Our Graduates Have Done With This Degree

Molecular and Cellular Biology Alumni

Students seeking careers in research, academics or industry will receive the right tools and a meaningful path to succeed in their future endeavors. Successful graduates will be able to apply molecular biology techniques to a variety of subdisciplines such as biotechnology, bioinformatics, clinical laboratory sciences, and pharmacology and therapeutics; and code for bioinformatics applications and use common molecular biology databases. They will have vastly improved analytical, critical-thinking and writing skills. Benedictine University graduates at all levels of biology programs have gone on to successful careers at companies such as Walgreens, Baxter, Quest Diagnostics, Blueprint Genetics, and Blistex to name a few!

Two-Year, Flexible Program

The M.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology is a 32-34 semester credit hour STEM designated graduate program. STEM designation signifies a program has met an established criteria related to its focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics. It also offers international students the chance to apply to extend their OPT (Optional Practical Training) beyond 12 months (up to 24 months).

The program offers both a thesis (34 credits) and non-thesis (32 credits) track option. Benedictine designed this program as a full-time curriculum to be completed in two years and is made for working professionals who are looking to advance their technical skills within a lab atmosphere. Whether you work in a hospital or clinic, processing lab or pharmaceutical setting, the program is designed to provide enhanced curricular and technical skills for career advancement. Both track options begin every fall semester. The program also allows students to take electives toward the degree from our public health or business programs, whichever best fits their career goals.

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Hone Your Lab Skills

Students seeking to advance their careers in research, industry, clinical lab sciences or academics, or those who are interested in honing their lab skills will get valuable and marketable experience in our Master of Science (M.S.) in Molecular and Cellular Biology program. The curriculum covers theory and applications, as well as common techniques, and it offers students hands-on lab experiences. Benedictine has woven critical analyses of literature in the field and experiences with scientific writing throughout the curriculum. The program is best suited for those interested in advancing their career in the biotechnology sector, a clinical laboratory environment or those who are interested in applying to doctoral programs in biomedical research.

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Benedictine’s professors and curriculum were fantastic. As a result, the transition from basic science at BenU to medical school was much easier. The laboratory courses also helped provide much needed background, such as cellular biology to better understand how tests are performed that we order in practice every day. Dr. Ferroni in particular was instrumental in my decision to go to medical school.

Brian Poustinchian

Brian Poustinchian, D.O., B.S. ’06

Medical Director of Hospital Medicine at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital

Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Master of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology Faculty

Jayashree Sarathy

Jayashree Sarathy, Ph.D.
Chair, Director of Graduate Studies

Preston Aldrich, biological sciences

Preston Aldrich, Ph.D.
Associate Chair, Biological Sciences

James Fackenthal, biological sciences

James Fackenthal, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Lindsey Mao, biological sciences

Lindsey Mao, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Jeremy Nadolski

Jeremy Nadolski, Ph.D.
Professor

Tiara Perez-Morales

Tiara Perez-Morales, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

LeeAnn Smith, Ph.D., Biological Sciences

LeeAnn Smith, Ph.D.
Professor

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