Professional Masters Programs in MCB

Applied Biochemistry and Cell Biology
The Professional Master’s degree in Applied Biochemistry and Cell Biology is intended to provide students with comprehensive training in Biochemistry and Cell Biology along with coursework in regulatory and public health issues.
It goes beyond traditional M.S. degree programs in offering a coherent set of courses that builds a knowledge base in basic biochemistry and cell biology principles, adds complementary courses in business and public policy, and includes a three-credit internship to provide hands-on experience. This combination of training experiences will make program graduates valuable members of decision-making teams who must deal with complex issues surrounding emerging technologies.
Graduates of this program will find employment in industries that utilize biochemical and cell biological approaches, including: research laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers of biologic therapeutic agents (e.g. antibodies, cytokines), research instrument manufacturers, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering companies, etc. Graduates would be suited for positions with federal and state regulatory agencies dealing with public health concerns. Finally, they may serve in advisory capacities to judicial or legislative bodies that deal with issues involving patent law in the context of pharmaceuticals or stem cells or with private consulting firms.
Full-time enrolled students will likely take 2 years, including a full-time 3 month internship, to complete the degree program. Part-time enrollment is an option and will require a longer time to complete the program.

Applied Genomics
Genomic sequence acquisition and analysis promises to revolutionize many aspects of today’s society. The PSM (Professional Science Masters) program in Applied Genomics is designed to take advantage of this rapidly advancing area and train students for employment in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, diagnostic, government, and academic sectors. This is achieved by combining coursework with advanced laboratory training and internships. We provide students with training in advanced technologies such as next-generation sequencing, bioinformatic analysis, automated liquid handling, and cell culture techniques. PSM-specific professional development courses include weekly lectures by industry leaders and alumni from companies in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and diagnostic areas as well as from government and academic laboratories. These professional development opportunities provide students with advice on career options, industry trends and networking opportunities. Another key aspect of the training is a three-month, full-time internship.

Microbial Systems Analysis
Discoveries in microbiology affect unforeseen aspects of human health, change our understanding of the environment and provide us with new opportunities to design drugs and vaccines. Many of these discoveries are driven by technological advances such as the application of next generation sequencing. Right now is an exciting time to be a microbiologist and the PSM (Professional Science Masters) program in Microbial Systems Analysis prepares students to succeed in this important field and addresses the national shortfall in the STEM field. This program is specifically designed to train students for employment in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, diagnostic, government, and academic sectors. This is achieved by combining coursework with advanced laboratory training and internships. We provide students with training in advanced technologies such as next-generation sequencing, bioinformatic analysis, automated liquid handling, and advanced cultivation techniques. Examples include the sequencing of a bacterial genome or the microbiome. PSM-specific professional development courses include weekly lectures by industry leaders and alumni from companies in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and diagnostic areas, as well as from government and academic laboratories, that provide our students with learning and networking opportunities. Another key aspect of the training is a three-month, full-time internship.