Cellular & Molecular Biology, M.Sc.

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    870 USD/credit
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    870 USD/credit
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The Master of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of New Haven is ideal for students who want to pursue or advance careers in the rapidly expanding fields of biotechnology, basic science, and pharmacological research.

About

Master of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of New Haven

With constant new discoveries in cellular and molecular biology, an undergraduate degree is no longer enough to keep you advancing professionally.

This program, with its strong emphasis on biochemistry and molecular biology techniques, gives students the advanced training they need to succeed in these groundbreaking fields.

You will learn the full spectrum of professional techniques in our fully equipped labs so that you graduate with the confidence and ability to act as an independent scientist.

Programme Structure

A minimum of 38 to 39 credit hours of graduate work must be completed to earn the Master of Science degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Candidates for the program must have a background in biology, chemistry or a related field with specific course work that includes genetics or molecular biology, general and organic chemistry and biochemistry.

The program has both thesis and non-thesis options. Students who elect the thesis option must carry out an original thesis research project under the guidance of University of New Haven faculty, by taking a minimum of 9 credit hours of thesis related research courses: CMBI 7695 - Independent Study for Thesis Preparation, CMBI 7698 - Thesis I and CMBI 7699 - Thesis II, over a minimum of three academic terms. The Thesis option can be elected after a minimum of 9 credits hours of graduate study with a minimum GPA of 3.3, and approval of the program coordinator. Thesis preparation and submission must comply with the Graduate School policy on theses as well as all requirements for the department.

Students choosing a non-thesis option are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours of laboratory course work in addition to a written comprehensive exam. The purpose of the comprehensive examination is to assess the candidate’s understanding of his/her course work and to evaluate the ability of the candidate to synthesize research and theory in the field of cellular and molecular biology and to present this information in an effective written format. After a minimum of 18 credits of graduate course work, non-thesis students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 may elect 3 credit hours of research, consisting of CMBI 6690 - Research Project, orCMBI 6688 - Internship I, upon the approval of the program coordinator.

Thesis Option (38 credits minimum)

First Fall term:

  • Molecular Genetics/Genomics
  • Cell Culture Techniques with Laboratory

Or

Elective (from list of electives below)

  • Evaluation of Scientific Literature
Or
  • Writing and Speaking for Professionals

First Spring term:

  • Nucleic Acid Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology of Nucleic Acids with Laboratory
Or
  • Biostatistics
Or
  • Data Analysis in the Environmental and Biological Sciences

Or

Elective (from list of electives below)

  • Independent Study for Thesis Preparation

Second Fall term:

  • Protein Biochemistry and Enzymology
  • Molecular Biology of Proteins with Laboratory

Or

Elective (from list of electives below)

  • Thesis I

Second Spring term:

  • Cellular Biology
  • Thesis II
  • Biostatistics

Or

Elective (from list of electives below)

Non-Thesis Option (39 credits minimum):

First Fall term

  • Molecular Genetics/Genomics
  • Cell Culture Techniques with Laboratory
  • Evaluation of Scientific Literature
Or
  • Writing and Speaking for Professionals

First Spring term:

  • Nucleic Acid Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology of Nucleic Acids with Laboratory
  • Data Analysis in the Environmental and Biological Sciences
Or
  • Biostatistics

Or

Elective (from list of electives below)

Second Fall term:

  • Protein Biochemistry and Enzymology
  • Molecular Biology of Proteins with Laboratory
  • Eledtive (from list of electives below)

Second Spring term:

  • Cellular Biology
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Biostatistics
  • Elective (from list of electives below)

    and

    Elective (from list of electives below)

Electives for both Thesis and Non-Thesis options:

  • Medicinal Chemistry I
  • Pharmacology
  • Biochemistry of Bioenergetics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Database Systems for Biological Research
  • Advanced Bioinformatics
  • Nutritional Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Cellular Development
  • Cytoskeleton and Extracellular Matrix
  • Oncogenes and Cytokines
  • Receptor Effector Systems
  • Special Topics
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Internship I (non-thesis only)
  • Research Project (non-thesis only)
  • Library based-Independent Study II
  • Introduction to Nanobiotechnology
  • Selected Topics
Research Options for Cellular and Molecular Biology

Non-Thesis Option ( CMBI 6688 or CMBI 6690)

Work related to these courses can be performed at the University of New Haven or at an outside laboratory that satisfies the University’s requirements. Student can choose from these courses after a minimum of 18 credit hours of graduate course work with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and the approval of program coordinator.

Thesis Option (CMBI 7695, CMBI 7698 & CMBI 7699)

The thesis option is highly recommended for CMB students who wish to further their education in a Ph.D. or other doctoral program. Students who elect to write a thesis must include CMBI 7695 Independent Study for Thesis Preparation, CMBI 7698 and CMBI 7699 , Thesis I and II or the chemistry or physics equivalents. All the research for the thesis must be performed at the University of New Haven, and must be advised by full time faculty members of the University and one of the advising faculty members should be selected from the Department of Biology and Environmental Science. Students can select the Thesis option after completing 9 to 20 credit hours of graduate study with a minimum GPA of 3.3 and the approval of the program coordinator.

The first research course, CMBI 7695 Independent Study for Thesis Preparation, is designed to introduce the student to the specific research field and allow the student to develop the necessary research techniques as well as to work on the Thesis proposal and determine the committee members for the thesis. Prior to registering for CMBI 7698 Thesis I, the student must complete the Proposal for Thesis form and attach the Thesis proposal developed during CMBI 7695 in which the proposed subject, the methodology and the hypotheses are described. The student next secures an approval signature from the faculty member who will serve as the thesis adviser. The student must then receive approval for the proposed thesis and the thesis adviser from the Department Chair, Program Coordinator and the Provost’s Office. Only after the Registrar has received the approval form with necessary signatures will the student be permitted to register for thesis.

Completion of Thesis I is a prerequisite for Thesis II registration. The two may not be taken concurrently. A preliminary draft of the thesis must be presented to the adviser at least 75 days prior to commencement. The thesis adviser will then schedule the thesis defense before the student’s thesis committee. Successful defense of the thesis, with any edits to the written thesis, must be completed at least three weeks prior to the date of commencement. Upon approval by the adviser and program coordinator, unbound copies are presented to the Provost’s Office. Students must complete and defend the thesis within the time limit for completion of the degree.

After successful defense and approval by the Provost’s Office, thesis credit is awarded. Final, unbound copies of the thesis are deposited with the Provost’s Office to be forwarded for binding at the University Library where they become part of the permanent collection. The Department or Program Coordinator may require additional copies of the thesis.

For guidance in the preparation of theses, graduate students should consult the University’s Dissertation & Thesis Manual (3rd edition, 2012). Questions not resolved by the instructions should be settled in consultation with the adviser and by reference to a standard style manual.

The University of New Haven Graduate School participates in the University Microfilms, Inc. (UMI) Dissertation Services program and provides assistance to doctoral students for registration of dissertations and copyrights.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Classes are offered in three trimesters in the Fall, Spring, and Summer, with an abbreviated summer session.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    38 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Admission to the Graduate School is contingent upon receiving the following items:
  • Online Graduate School Application

  • Application Fee

    The online application is currently FREE / $75 Application Fee (Paper Application)
  • Official transcripts

    Official transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools you have attended must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office. Transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution. Electronic transcripts will be accepted directly from institutions that no longer mail transcripts. Please Note: Students currently enrolled in undergraduate study who have not completed their bachelor's degree can submit all transcripts to date.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation

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    (GMAT, GRE, Praxis) if required by intended degree program (see specific program requirements below)
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All materials not submitted online should be mailed to the following address:

Graduate Admissions
University of New Haven
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West Haven, CT 06516

For most programs, students can apply to any academic term. Classes are offered in three trimesters in the Fall, Spring, and Summer, with an abbreviated summer session.

  • English language requirements

A minimum Pearson Test of English(PTE) score of 53

OR

A minimum iTEP score of 3.7

OR

An ELS Certificate of Completion of Level 112, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program.

Tuition Fee

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    870 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
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  • National Applies to you

    870 USD/credit
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Graduate Tuition, per credit - $870

Living costs for New Haven

1,380 - 2,110 USD/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • There are 3 types of loan programs for Graduate students:

Federal Direct Student Loan - A federal loan where the student is the borrower. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (5 credits each trimester) to be considered for the Federal Student Loan.

Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loan - A credit based federal loan where the student is the borrower. Students may borrow up to the Cost of Attendance minus any financial aid the student is receiving. A credit-worthy endorser (co-signer) may be required by the lender. Students must first have their eligibility determined for the Federal Direct Student Loan before borrowing the Graduate PLUS loan.

Private Alternative Loans - These are private credit based loans where the student is the borrower and may require a credit worthy co-signer. Students should maximize their federal loan eligibility before applying for a private loan.

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