Master of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology

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This program provides fundamental learning and experiences in molecular and cellular biology. The curriculum covers theory and applications, common techniques, and is supported by hands-on lab experiences. Critical analyses of literature in the field and experiences with scientific writing are woven throughout the curriculum. 

Clinical practiceStudents seeking to advance their careers in research, industry, clinical lab sciences, academics or interested in honing their lab skills will be provided valuable and marketable experience. The program is best suited for those interested in advancing their career in the biotechnology sector or clinical laboratory or interested in applying to doctoral programs in biomedical research. The program is flexible to permit students to take electives toward the degree from our Public Health or Business programs that best fit their career goals.

The program can be completed in as little as two years as a fulltime student, or pursued part-time while working. Applicants should be graduates of bachelor’s programs in Biological and other related sciences. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available.

  • Hands-on lab and research experience.
  • Apply molecular biology techniques to a variety of subdisciplines such as biotechnology, bioinformatics, clinical laboratory sciences, and pharmacology and therapeutics.
  • Ability to code for bioinformatics applications and use common molecular biology databases
  • Learn skills to broaden knowledge about current technology.
  • Improve analytical, critical-thinking and writing skills.

The Benedictine Benefit

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Benedictine University has a tradition of excellence in science programs. The College of Science at Benedictine offers degrees that provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to enter rewarding careers. Please take some time to learn more about our degree programs, and how they can serve as your platforms for success in a vocation. Our nationally-recognized faculty enjoy engaging students at all levels in investigative research in their laboratories, often presenting their work at national, professional conferences.Our students are active in the many student organizations on campus, athletics, and campus ministries, all of which contribute to  a broadly fulfilling college experience.

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Admissions requirements:

  • Application for Admission
  • Personal Statement
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Official Transcripts emailed directly from institution(s) to
  • 2 Letters of Reference - professional or academic; written or via forms provided
  • Pre-requisites:
    • Cell Biology (300 level or higher)
    • Genetics
    • Biostatistics
    • Biochemistry


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Yvonne Kumon
Assistant to the Dean
(630) 829-6084

Bonnie Beezhold, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean
(630) 829-6528

Cheryl Mascarenhas, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, Science & Health
(630) 829-6587