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Graduate Bulletin

Cell Biology, M.S.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15; December 15 international

Spring: September 1; August 1 international

All application materials must be received by the Department before the Anatomy and Cell Biology Graduate Studies Committee will consider the applicant for admission.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with the applicant's academic competence.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

No specific coursework is required.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree with a strong background in Biology and related sciences is required.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words in length and should include the following elements: your specific interest in Temple's program; your research goals; your future career goals; and your academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. Scores on the quantitative and verbal sections are expected in the 50th percentile or better.

The GRE Subject Exam in Biological Sciences and/or Chemistry is required.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 575 paper-based, 230 computer-based, or 88 internet-based.


A resume is required.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 32

Required Courses:

A+CB 5151:  Cell Structure and Function

A+CB 9100:  Seminars in Cell Biology (each semester)

Recombinant DNA Techniques in Molecular Biology

Introduction to Biostatistics

Scientific Integrity and Bioethics

Internship: A 3-month internship in an industrial laboratory is required to gain additional research training. Students are expected to complete two to three laboratory rotations of approximately three months each in departmental laboratories prior to selection of a thesis laboratory.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

This program requires a master's thesis, which consists of two documents: a scientific research paper, and a business/marketing plan.

Department Information:

Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology
School of Medicine
3500 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Department Contacts:

Graduate Admissions:

Mary Abood, Ph.D.



Graduate Chairperson:

Lynn Kirby, Ph.D.


Department Chairperson:

Steven N. Popoff, Ph.D.


About the Program

Research training is focused on biological organization and function of cells and tissues at the molecular and cellular levels.  This includes instruction in the scientific method, in current cellular and molecular biology research techniques, and in oral and written communication skills.  The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology has excellent research facilities for biochemistry, cytochemistry, electron microscopy, histology, and molecular and cell biology, in addition to ample facilities for the study of gross anatomy, histology, and neuroanatomy. 

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location:

Health Sciences

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

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

Department Information:

Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology
School of Medicine
3500 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Interdisciplinary Study:

The M.S. program is interdisciplinary as it leads also to a Certificate in Business. The program is unique in that it provides students with training in finance, human resource administration, and management.


Several of the faculty have joint appointments in the Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology. This provides another avenue for interaction and exchange of ideas between students in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and members of the Fels Institute.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

The varied research interests of the faculty allow the students a breadth of research possibilities. The principal research frontiers in Anatomy and Cell Biology rely extensively on molecular and cellular approaches and techniques. Our graduate students, therefore, receive training in these areas. Areas of particular strength in the department are: (a) Skeletal Biology, e.g., regulation of skeletal development and metabolism, structure and function of bone cells, and etiology of metabolic bone diseases, including osteoporosis and inflammation-mediated osteopenia; (b) Cardiovascular Biology, e.g., regulation of cardiac myocyte growth, fine structure and function of cardiac muscle, and regulation of commitment and differentiation of cardiac myocytes; (c) Reproductive Biology, e.g., genetics and cell biology of sperm function, reorganization of DNA during spermatogenesis, and development and function of Sertoli and germ cells; (d) Neurobiology, e.g., properties of the neuronal cytoskeleton and neurophysiology; and (e) Neuro Virology and Neuro Immunology, including inflammatory demyelinating diseases. Several of the faculty have joint appointments in other departments/research centers, which provide another avenue for interaction and exchange of ideas between students in our Department and faculty.

Job Placement:

The goal of our graduate program is to prepare students for biomedical research management careers in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are permitted to take up to 9 graduate credits. If accepted to the program, those courses may be applied toward the degree program.

Financing Opportunities

Students are supported for the first year with departmental funds.  Upon selection of a thesis laboratory, the student is supported by her/his mentor using research grant funds. A satisfactory level of academic performance must be maintained for continued support.

Updated 11.11.09