Program in Molecular and Cell Biology Quinnipiac University

Program in Molecular and Cell Biology Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT
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July 30
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1 Degree Offered
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Quinnipiac University -- A Top Ranked University

Quinnipiac University consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in "U.S. News and World Report's" America's Best Colleges issue, which named Quinnipiac as the top up-and-coming school, and 12th overall among schools with master's programs in the Northern Region. Quinnipiac is also recognized in "The Princeton Review's" The Best 376 Colleges. "Wired" has rated Quinnipiac as top 10 among the most connected colleges in America.

Quinnipiac University offers 21 master's degree programs, including a Master of Science (M.S.) in Molecular and Cell Biology degree program.

Master of Science in Molecular and Cell Biology

Quinnipiac University's Master of Science (M.S.) in Molecular and Cell Biology prepares students for in-demand research careers. The development of recombinant DNA technology has led to the new field of biotechnology and an increased demand for specialists. The M.S. in Molecular Biology and Cell Biology graduate program prepares students for technical positions in biomedical research in the burgeoning field of molecular and cell biology.

The new biotechnology applies molecular biology and cell biology to the detection and treatment of human disease and is now a major division of pharmaceutical research laboratories and other research laboratories where demand for specialists is high. For technicians currently working in pharmaceutical research labs and other industry labs, the master's program enhances knowledge of state-of-the-art research techniques.

A Comprehensive Curriculum

The 34-credit program combines specialized training in laboratory research with a broad education necessary to function in this exciting and rapidly growing field. Quinnipiac's core curriculum provides comprehensive training in advanced biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell biology, and laboratory methods. In addition to core courses, students select from nearly 40 elective courses that cover a wide spectrum of biotechnology areas such as industrial microbiology, virology, immunology, cancer research, oncology, and molecular pathology.

The master's program is offered with a thesis or non-thesis option. Students choosing to complete master's theses can conduct original laboratory research under the guidance of faculty members either on campus or in an industrial or hospital setting.

An Experienced Faculty

Professors within the program at Quinnipiac are dedicated to helping students succeed as biotechnology specialists. These professors provide an excellent foundation for students who intend to pursue studies in professional health care fields and doctoral programs. Program professors and instructors offer the specialized training and individual attention students need to prepare for positions in pharmaceutical and research laboratories.

Faculty members have a wide range of research interests. Professor Charlotte I. Hammond studies colicin production in E.coli, has purified RNA polymerases in yeast, cloned oncogenes, assayed viral production in teratocarcinoma cells, isolated protein kinase genes in yeast, identified genes critical for biofilm production, and isolated genomic DNA from leeches to confirm phylogenetic assignments.

Professor Dennis J. Richardson is Recording Secretary of the Helminthological Society of America. His primary research focuses on the epizootiology, taxonomy, and systematics of the Acanthocephalan genera Oligacanthorhynchus, Leptorhynchoides, and Centrorhynchus. He also currently studies human helminthology in Cameroon with the Bawa Health Initiative.

Professor Deborah J. Clark is President of The New England Faculty Development Consortium (NEFDC). A world-renowned expert on proteins in bacterial and parasitic worms, Professor Clark also studies learning in lower and upper level biology courses and the role of teaching and research centers on learning outcomes.

An Excellent Job Forecast

The U.S. Department of Labor expects the number of jobs for professionals in cell biology to grow by 31% between 2010 and 2020, a much faster rate of growth than other physical science occupations. The Department of Labor also reports that median salary for cell biologists is above average for M.S. holders in the physical sciences. This margin is projected to grow.

A Beautiful Campus

Quinnipiac University is spread across 3 suburban campuses located in Hamden, CT, just north of New Haven, approximately midway between Boston and New York City. The main campus in York Hill is adjacent to Sleeping Giant State Park, known for its extensive Cliffside vistas and rugged topography. York Hill is a green campus, noted for having the first wind farm integrated into a university. Other nearby campus areas include a new sports arena, student center, and graduate classroom facilities.

Location & Contact

Program in Molecular and Cell Biology

Quinnipiac University

275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940
United States

Dr. Lise Thomas


Phone: 203-582-8497

Office of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 800-462-1944
Fax: 203-582-3443

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Cell Biology Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 14
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Thesis optional
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


57% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 52
    • Accepted 30
    • Acceptance Rate 57
    • Enrolled 10
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $45
    • Application Fee - International $45
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline July 30th April 30th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 15th September 30th Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesbachelor's degree in biological, medical, or health sciences
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 575 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJune 1
    • Types of financial support availableFederal Work-Study, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students26
    • Female Percentage62%
    • Male Percentage38%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students26
    • Part-time Percentage35%
    • Full-time Percentage65%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino8%
    • Black / African American8%
    • White / Caucasian65%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown or International Student15%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty10
    • Full-time Percentage90%
    • Part-time Percentage10%
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%



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