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Graduate Bulletin

Molecular Biology and Genetics, M.S.

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: April 15

Spring: October 15

Applications are evaluated as they are received throughout the year.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters should be submitted from college/university faculty or industry supervisors who can make a learned assessment of the research ability, potential, and academic record of the applicant.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Applicants must complete an advanced Biology course and at least one year of Biochemistry or Chemistry.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree in Biochemistry, Biology, or Chemistry is appropriate for admission.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals, which should not exceed two pages in length, should include your interest in the Molecular Biology and Genetics M.S. Program at Temple; your research experience; your academic background and achievements; your research interests; and your future career goals.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. Scores are expected to be in the range of the 50th to 75th percentiles for the quantitative, verbal, and analytical sections.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.

Interview:

Students who select the Thesis Option are brought in for interviews.

Resume:

A resume is required.

Advanced Standing:

Graduate coursework taken at an accredited institution prior to matriculation and graded "B" or higher may be applied toward a Temple University master's degree. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Test Waivers:

Students who have earned an advanced degree in Biochemistry, Biology, or Chemistry may waive, upon review by the Admissions Committee, requirements for admission.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Total Number of Credits Required: 28-36, depending on selection of Thesis or Non-Thesis Option.

Thesis Option:

The research-based Thesis Option requires 21 s.h. of didactic courses, 6 s.h. of M.S. research, and 1 s.h. of M.S. thesis for a total of 28 credits. M.S. thesis students complete their coursework in three semesters (9 credits per semester) and then matriculate for 1 M.S. thesis credit in the fourth semester.  M.S. students are expected to defend their thesis during the fourth semester.  If needed, extensions to complete research and defend the thesis can be granted for up to two additional semesters.

Foundation of Biosciences Courses (9 credits):

5001:  Scientific Integrity and Bioethics (1 credit)

5005:  Fundamentals in Molecular and Cell Biology (4 credits)

5203:  Fundamentals of Biochemistry (4 credits)

OR

8204:  Structure, Synthesis, and Degradation of Macromolecules (4 credits)

Core Courses (6 credits):

MB&G 8251:  Principles of Development (3 credits)

MB&G 8451:  Cancer Biology (3 credits)

MB&G 9402:  Molecular Biology of Signal Transduction (3 credits)

MB&G 9420:  Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology (3 credits)

MB&G 9XXX:  Human Genetics (2-3 credits, under development)

Core Seminar (3 credits):

MB&G 9400:  Molecular Biology and Genetics Seminar Basics (1 credit)

MB&G 9410:  Molecular Biology and Genetics Seminar (2 credits)

Electives (3 credits):

5312:  Biostatistics (3 credits)

8351:  Molecular Approaches to Research (3 credits)

OR

Another course from the Core Courses listed above

9101:  Bioinformatics (3 credits)

9307:  Virology (3 credits)

Research (7-9 credits):

MB&G 9995:  M.S. Research (6 credits)

MB&G 9996:  M.S. Thesis (1-3 credits; 1 credit per semester)

Non-Thesis Option:

The non-thesis option consists of 36 s.h. of coursework only.

Foundation of Biosciences Courses (9 credits):

5001:  Scientific Integrity and Bioethics (1 credit)

5005:  Fundamentals in Molecular and Cell Biology (4 credits)

5203:  Fundamentals of Biochemistry (4 credits)

OR

8204:  Structure, Synthesis, and Degradation of Macromolecules (4 credits)

Core Courses (12 credits):

MB&G 8251:  Principles of Development (3 credits)

MB&G 8451:  Cancer Biology (3 credits)

MB&G 9402:  Molecular Biology of Signal Transduction (3 credits)

MB&G 9420:  Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology (3 credits)

MB&G 9XXX:  Human Genetics (2-3 credits, under development)

Core Seminar (3 credits):

MB&G 9400:  Molecular Biology and Genetics Seminar Basics (1 credit)

MB&G 9410:  Molecular Biology and Genetics Seminar (2 credits)

Electives (12 credits):

5312:  Biostatistics (3 credits)

8251:  Enzymes and Proteins (4 credits)

8351:  Molecular Approaches to Research (3 credits)

9101:  Bioinformatics (3 credits)

9307:  Virology (3 credits)

Other courses as approved by the Graduate Coordinator

View all COURSE OFFERINGS in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, and Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Thesis Option—M.S. Thesis:

The master's thesis is an original empirical study that makes a significant contribution to the field. It should expand the existing database and demonstrate the student's knowledge of both research methods and a mastery of her/his primary area of interest.  The Master’s Thesis should be rigorously investigated; uphold the ethics and standards of the field; and demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the primary area of interest and the broader field.  Students are encouraged to prepare their study for publication in a professional journal.

The M.S. Thesis Advisory Committee is formed to oversee the student's M.S. research and is initially comprised of at least three Graduate Faculty members who are residents in the Molecular Biology Program. The Chair of the M.S. Thesis Advisory Committee is usually the Research Advisor. Committee composition must be approved by the Academic Standards Committee and the Program Director. The Chair is responsible for overseeing and guiding the student's progress; coordinating the responses of the Committee members; and informing the student of her/his academic progress. The Committee must meet at least once every six months to review the progress of the student's research.

The M.S. Thesis Examining Committee evaluates the student's dissertation and oral defense. This committee determines if the thesis is acceptable and if the student passes the final oral examination. It is comprised of the M.S. Thesis Advisory Committee and may include an additional member.  It is encouraged that this member be from outside the Molecular Biology Program.

If a student needs to change a member of a committee, the new member must be approved by the Academic Standards Committee and the Program Director. The new member must be registered with the Graduate Secretary and the Graduate School.

The M.S. Thesis Examining Committee evaluates the student's ability to express verbally her/his research question, methodological approach, primary findings, and implications. This committee votes to pass or fail the M.S. Thesis and the defense at the conclusion of the public presentation.

 All Thesis Examining Committee members must have a copy of the M.S. Thesis in its final form at least two weeks before the defense. The student has the responsibility to announce the date, time, and place of the defense. A notice should be given to each faculty member in the Department and posted in each of the four basic science buildings on the Health Sciences campus (OMS, MRB, Kresge, and AHB). The Graduate School also receives the announcement of the defense. The defense announcements should be posted and delivered at least 10 working days before the defense.

Non-Thesis Option—Master’s Examination:

Following successful completion of coursework, the student takes a comprehensive examination. The master's comprehensive examination, in whole or in part, may be taken no more than twice.

Contacts
Program Contact Information:

www.medschool.temple.edu/Fels_Institute_for_Cancer_Research

Department Information:

Graduate Program in Molecular Biology and Genetics

Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology

Temple University School of Medicine

3307 North Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19140

fels@temple.edu

215-707-4300

Department Contacts:

Admissions:

Catherine Nimchuk
felsgrad@temple.edu

215-707-4302

Program Coordinator:

Catherine Nimchuk
felsgrad@temple.edu

215-707-4302

Graduate Chairpersons:

Scott K. Shore
scott.shore@temple.edu

Xavier Graña

xgrana@temple.edu
215-707-3359

Chairperson:

E. Premkumar Reddy, Ph.D.
premkumar.reddy@temple.edu

215-707-4307

About the Program

The M.S. program in Molecular Biology and Genetics at the School of Medicine is an interdisciplinary program directed by the faculty of the Fels Institute. The program is designed to prepare students who seek specialization in specific areas of Molecular Biology and Genetics or wish to obtain training and expertise for employment in academic, government, clinical, or pharmaceutical laboratories.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location:

Health Sciences

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before 4:30 p.m.

Department Information:

Graduate Program in Molecular Biology and Genetics

Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology

Temple University School of Medicine

3307 North Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19140

fels@temple.edu

215-707-4300

Interdisciplinary Study:

The graduate program is an interdisciplinary program directed by the Fels Institute with participation of scientists from other departments, including Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Pathology.

Affiliation(s):

Not applicable.

Study Abroad:

No.

Ranking:

Not applicable.

Accreditation:

Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

Faculty members specialize in molecular signaling as it regulates cell growth; differentiation and survival; developmental biology and genetics.  The M.S. degree allows students entering the program to gain advanced knowledge in Molecular Biology and Genetics.  The Thesis Option provides students with the opportunity to develop research expertise.

Job Placement:

The graduate program directors and faculty advisors develop a course and research program tailored to the individual needs and professional goals of each M.S. thesis student.  The M.S. degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics prepares students for professional careers in industry, government, and/or academic laboratories.

Licensure:

Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are permitted to take select courses offered by the program.  Contact the department for details.

Financing Opportunities

Students in the Thesis Option may receive a stipend and tuition remission. Students are not obligated to do any tasks unrelated to their M.S. thesis.  They must, however, undertake required coursework and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. The stipend is provided by the Thesis Research Advisor as a Research Assistantship from extramural funding sources. Students must complete coursework while devoting time to thesis research project.

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