Major: Immunology
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 36.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.0507
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

Mission Statement

The Master of Science in Immunology, offered by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease (M&I/IMMID), provides education and training in cellular and molecular aspects of how the immune system evolved, how it distinguishes between self and foreign (non-self), and how these features protect against infection but can also cause immunologically based diseases. Students also learn about novel tools for diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and prevention of disease. Graduates are prepared for careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, for advancement in their current careers, and as potential candidates for doctoral research programs in the biological sciences and medicine.


The two year non-thesis program encompasses fundamental requirements to establish a sound grounding in cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics. Students will also receive a comprehensive education in immunology, immunological diseases, and the approaches used to treat and prevent these diseases. The program is designed with two full-time years (four semesters of at least nine credits) of required and elective graduate courses, and one or more experiential research components in the first or second year. The flexibility of the curriculum enables students to complete the degree requirement within 18 months on an accelerated basis, and up to 4 years on a part-time basis. The successful completion of the degree will be determined by grades obtained in the graduate courses, participation in seminars and journal clubs, and performance in the research component. A minimum of 36.0 credits is required to graduate, with at least 6 of those earned as research credits.

Learning Options

Classes can be attended at the Center City and Queen Lane campuses of Drexel University College of Medicine locations in Philadelphia. State-of-the-art video conferencing provides real-time interactive learning at these locations. Technology will also be used for distance learning and joint sessions outside normal class times. Most classes are held in the late afternoon/early evening to facilitate participation of working professionals. The program may also be completed fully online, as all required courses and most electives have online sections. Individual students also may choose a mix of traditional and online courses. The goal is to provide maximum scheduling flexibility.

Research Component

An important aspect of the Program is the Research Internship in Immunology. The research component of the curriculum can be fulfilled by two alternative approaches. Most student choose to engage in a hands-on research internship in which a 12 week research program will be undertaken in a laboratory at Drexel University, another academic institution, or at a biotechnology or biopharmaceutical company. These research internships should be focused on an aspect of basic, translational or clinical research on a project with an immunological basis. Online students may make arrangements with academic or industrial institutions in their home regions rather than in the Greater Philadelphia region. Alternatively, both traditional and online students may choose to engage in an independent research project, with the approval and supervision of Program Director.

Program Contact information

For more detailed information about the curriculum and program goals, please contact either:

Stephen Jennings, Ph.D. (Co-director)



Pooja Jain, Ph.D. (Co-director)


For additional information regarding application deadlines, the online application process, and specific requirements for applying to the College of Medicine, visit Drexel University's Graduate Admissions site.

Admission Requirements

For acceptance into the Master of Science in Immunology program, the applicant must have completed a four-year biology or chemistry-based BA or BS degree program with undergraduate coursework in biology, microbiology, immunology, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, and/or other related subjects. Although a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 is strongly desired, an applicant with a lower cumulative GPA will be considered if other strengths are apparent in the application.

To be considered for acceptance, an applicant must provide the following as part of a complete online application for admission:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • References from at least three instructors or professionals

Although standardized test scores are not required for admission, official copies of scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) will be considered if submitted as part of the application.

International applicants (non-United States citizens) must meet the same requirements for admission as students from the United States. In addition to the above requirements, applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate the ability to speak, write, and understand the English language by submitting an acceptable score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Acceptance into the program will be decided by considering the sum of the applicant's undergraduate curriculum, cumulative GPA, GRE/MCAT scores, recommendation letters, and relevant research and professional experience.

For additional information regarding application deadlines, the online application process, and specific requirements for applying to the College of Medicine, visit Drexel University's Graduate Admissions site.

Degree Requirements

Courses encompass the fundamental requirements to establish a solid grounding in microbiology and infectious disease, immunology, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology.

Research experiences will form a large component of the training program, with the possibility of completing the degree with or without a thesis document.

Required Courses
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
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 534SMolecular Medicine Journal Club I1.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
MIIM 546SIntroduction to Immunology2.0
MIIM 651SResearch Internship in Immunology6.0
MIIM 654SClinical Correlations in Immunology3.0
To complete the MS in Immunology degree, 36.0 credits must be accrued. Students may choose from a menu of additional electives, depending on their academic goals. 8.0
Possible Electives
Micro & Immuno. Journal Club
Biotechniques I
Biotechniques II
Vaccines and Vaccine Development
Principles of Biocontainment
Animal Models in Biotechnology
Immunology, Immunopathology and Infectious Diseases
Viruses and Viral Infections
Bacteria and Bacterial Infections
Mycology and Fungal Infections
Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases
Molec. Mech. Of Micro. Path
Experimental Therapeutics
Advanced Molecular Biology
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Total Credits36.0

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