Master of Science in Cancer Biology

Master of Science: 40.0-43.0 semester credits

About the Program

The goal of the MS in Cancer Biology program is to provide a master's degree focused on the fundamentals of cancer from an interdisciplinary perspective, including:

  • biology and molecular biology of cancer initiation;
  • metastasis;
  • treatment; and
  • bioinformatics/systems biology.

The program is designed to meet the needs of two groups of individuals: (1) new or recent college graduates who wish to increase their marketability for jobs in academic or industrial laboratories through the acquisition of knowledge and skills more developed than obtained through a standard college curriculum; and (2) currently employed technical staff in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry (or academia) who wish to advance their position.

Consisting of both classroom and laboratory instruction, the program fills a need to train laboratory personnel in cancer theory and research. Graduates of this program will possess knowledge in both the theoretical as well as the practical level.   

Additional Information

Mauricio Reginato, PhD
Program Director
Department of Biochemistry + Molecular Biology
Drexel University College of Medicine
mauricio.reginato@drexelmed.edu

Admission Requirements

For acceptance to the program, the applicant must have completed a four-year biology or chemistry-based bachelor's degree program, or equivalent, with at least a 3.0 GPA. Students must fulfill all requirements for consideration as defined by the Drexel University College of Medicine Biomedical Graduate Education Committee:

  • official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended;
  • official copies of entrance test scores and official test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  • references from at least three instructors or professionals;
  • an application fee, made payable to Drexel University is required for application processing (online application is free);
  • International applicants (non-United States citizens) must meet the same requirements for admission as students from the United States. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate the ability to speak, write, and understand the English language by submitting an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or IELTS.

Students applying to the program will be expected to have undergraduate experience in chemistry, cell biology, biochemistry, and mathematics--including, at a minimum--two semesters each of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, calculus and biology.

Visit Drexel University's Graduate Admissions site for additional information regarding specific requirements for applying to the College of Medicine as well as important application dates.

Degree Requirements: Thesis Option

43.0 semester credits

Each semester, throughout the two years, there will be a weekly Cancer Journal Club. Students will also attend the Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics (MCBG) Seminar series. Each semester contains a research component.

The Thesis Option of this program based on research can be initiated at the end of the first year.

Required Courses
BIOC 510SCancer Biology3.0
BIOC 512SAdvanced Cancer Biology2.0
CBIO 500SCore Cancer Topics2.0
CBIO 503SCancer Biology Journal Club1.0
CBIO 504SCancer Biology 1st Lab Rotation4.0
CBIO 505SCancer Biology 2nd Lab Rotation2.0
CBIO 506SCancer Biology Thesis Research9.0
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBIOSTATISTICS I2.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
MCBG 513SMOLEC & CELL BIOLOGY SEMINAR1.0
Suggested Electives *
Select a minimum of 5.0 credits of electives:5.0
Experimental Approaches to Biochemical Problems
Infection, Inflammation and Cancer
Cancer Biomarkers and Therapeutics
ADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY
Cell Cycle and Apoptosis
Drug Discovery and Development I
Epidemiology of Cancer
Total Credits43.0

 

Degree Requirements: Non-Thesis Option

40.0 semester credits

Required Courses
BIOC 510SCancer Biology3.0
BIOC 512SAdvanced Cancer Biology2.0
CBIO 500SCore Cancer Topics2.0
CBIO 503SCancer Biology Journal Club (May be repeated for credit)1.0
CBIO 504SCancer Biology 1st Lab Rotation4.0
CBIO 505SCancer Biology 2nd Lab Rotation2.0
CBIO 507SSpecial Topics in Cancer Biology9.0
IDPT 501SBIOSTATISTICS I2.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
MCBG 513SMOLEC & CELL BIOLOGY SEMINAR1.0
Suggested Electives *4.0
Select a minimum of 4.0 credits of electives.
Experimental Approaches to Biochemical Problems
Infection, Inflammation and Cancer
Cancer Biomarkers and Therapeutics
ADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY
Cell Cycle and Apoptosis
Drug Discovery and Development I
Epidemiology of Cancer
Total Credits40.0

*

 Students can select a course from the list of suggested electives or by approval from the Program Director.



Courses

CBIO 500S Core Cancer Topics 2.0 Credits

The overall goal of Cancer Tropics is to provide the student with exposure to cancer topics as they relate to topics covered in the core curriculum. In addition, students will get exposure to cancer-related topics not covered in other required courses.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CBIO 501S Infection, Inflammation and Cancer 2.0 Credits

This course will be an advanced-level comprehensive survey of infectious agents and inflammatory signals that have been linked to the development of various cancers. The molecular mechanisms that underlie viral, bacterial, and parasite associated human cancers as well as inflammation-mediated cell transformation mechanisms will be the focus of lectures and discussions. Sessions will consist of lectures and discussions of assigned reading.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: BIOC 510S [Min Grade: B]

CBIO 503S Cancer Biology Journal Club 1.0 Credit

The overall goal of the cancer journal club is to provide the student with exposure to primary literature of latest high impact research related to cancer research.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 4 times for 4 credits

CBIO 504S Cancer Biology 1st Lab Rotation 4.0 Credits

First rotation. Guided research is conducted on a part-time basis for 8-10 week period. Student will choose from a list of labs conducting cancer related research; the focus will be on acquisition of specific laboratory/molecular biology skills in cancer-related research. Rotations are generally conducted during fall, spring or summer of the first year. A written research report is required at the end of each rotation.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CBIO 505S Cancer Biology 2nd Lab Rotation 2.0 Credits

Second rotation. Guided research is conducted on a part-time basis for 8-10 week period. Student will choose from a list of labs conducting cancer related research; the focus will be on acquisition of specific laboratory/molecular biology skills in cancer-related research. Rotations are generally conducted during fall, spring or summer of the first year. A written research report is required at the end of each rotation.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CBIO 506S Cancer Biology Thesis Research 9.0 Credits

Research toward the fulfillment of the masters thesis. Process is monitored by the student’s advisor and department, advisory committee or thesis committee.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 8 times for 18 credits

CBIO 507S Special Topics in Cancer Biology 9.0 Credits

The overall goal of special topics cancer biology is designed as a series of enrichment sessions that employ primary literature to amplify topics and concepts presented in BIOC 509S cancer biology. For non-thesis option in the master’s program of cancer biology it will require writing a publication quality review on a cancer biology topic.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 18 credits

CBIO 508S Cancer Biomarkers and Therapeutics 2.0 Credits

In this advanced course, students will learn about biomarkers and therapies for human cancers. A topic by topic analysis of key developments and approaches in biomarker discovery and validation along with cancer therapy are presented, with inclusion of pharmacologic, regulatory and basic science perspectives.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

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