Cancer Biology

Major: Cancer Biology
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 40.0-43.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.0911
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
19-1042

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

53.0 semester credits

Required Courses
BIOC 510SCancer Biology3.0
BIOC 512SAdvanced Cancer Biology2.0
CBIO 503SCancer Biology Journal Club *4.0
CBIO 504SCancer Biology 1st Lab Rotation4.0
CBIO 505SCancer Biology 2nd Lab Rotation4.0
CBIO 506SCancer Biology Thesis Research **18.0
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 Seminar *4.0
Approved Electives
Experimental Approaches to Biochemical Problems
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Infection, Inflammation and Cancer
Cancer Biomarkers and Therapeutics
Epidemiology of Cancer
Teaching Practicum I
Teaching Practicum II
Teaching Practicum III
Thesis Defense
Advanced Cell Biology
Cell Cycle and Apoptosis
Drug Discovery and Development I
Total Credits53.0
*

Taken each semester

**

 Taken a minimum of two times in the second year.

Non-Thesis Option

44.0 semester credits

Required Courses
BIOC 510SCancer Biology3.0
BIOC 512SAdvanced Cancer Biology2.0
CBIO 503SCancer Biology Journal Club *4.0
CBIO 504SCancer Biology 1st Lab Rotation4.0
CBIO 505SCancer Biology 2nd Lab Rotation4.0
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
IDPT 850SLiterature Review Non-Thesis MS4.0
MCBG 513SMolec & Cell Biology Seminar *4.0
Advanced Electives5.0
Select a minimum of five credits of Advanced Electives
Experimental Approaches to Biochemical Problems
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Infection, Inflammation and Cancer
Cancer Biomarkers and Therapeutics
Advanced Cell Biology
Cell Cycle and Apoptosis
Drug Discovery and Development I
Epidemiology of Cancer **
General Electives
Cancer Biology Thesis Research
Teaching Practicum I
Teaching Practicum II
Teaching Practicum III
Total Credits44.0
*

 Taken every semester

**

Note that this is a three credit quarter course which converts to two semester credits

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study: Thesis Option

First Year
FallCredits
CBIO 503SCancer Biology Journal Club1.0
CBIO 504SCancer Biology 1st Lab Rotation4.0
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
MCBG 513SMolec & Cell Biology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits13.0
Spring
CBIO 503SCancer Biology Journal Club1.0
CBIO 505SCancer Biology 2nd Lab Rotation4.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
MCBG 513SMolec & Cell Biology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits13.0
Second Year
Fall
BIOC 510SCancer Biology3.0
CBIO 503SCancer Biology Journal Club1.0
CBIO 506SCancer Biology Thesis Research9.0
MCBG 513SMolec & Cell Biology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits14.0
Spring
BIOC 512SAdvanced Cancer Biology2.0
CBIO 503SCancer Biology Journal Club1.0
CBIO 506SCancer Biology Thesis Research9.0
MCBG 513SMolec & Cell Biology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 53.0

Plan of Study: Non-Thesis Option

First Year
FallCredits
CBIO 503SCancer Biology Journal Club1.0
CBIO 504SCancer Biology 1st Lab Rotation4.0
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
MCBG 513SMolec & Cell Biology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits13.0
Spring
CBIO 503SCancer Biology Journal Club1.0
CBIO 505SCancer Biology 2nd Lab Rotation4.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
MCBG 513SMolec & Cell Biology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits13.0
Second Year
Fall
BIOC 510SCancer Biology3.0
CBIO 503SCancer Biology Journal Club1.0
MCBG 513SMolec & Cell Biology Seminar1.0
Elective(s)4.0
 Term Credits9.0
Spring
BIOC 512SAdvanced Cancer Biology2.0
CBIO 503SCancer Biology Journal Club1.0
IDPT 850SLiterature Review Non-Thesis MS4.0
MCBG 513SMolec & Cell Biology Seminar1.0
Elective1.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 44.0
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