Cell & Developmental Biology


  • Center City Campus
  • College of Life Sciences

Degree Earned

  • Master of Science

Program Length

1.5 - 4 years

Program Type

  • On Campus


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Contact Information

Program Director

Name: Gerald Grunwald, PhD
Position: Program Director

Program Coordinator

Name: Alexandra Whitman
Position: Program Coordinator
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The Master of Science Program in Cell & Developmental Biology prepares its graduates for positions in research and development in academia, industry and government.

Application Process & Deadlines

Applications for our Master's Programs are considered on a rolling-admissions basis throughout the year, and newly matriculated students may begin coursework in any academic term. 

A decision is typically reached two to three weeks from the time the application is complete. 

Applications are now available. 


Rolling admissions - all semesters 

Application Requirements & Instructions

Program Overview

The Master of Science Program in Cell & Developmental Biology prepares its graduates for positions in research and development in academia, industry and government. Graduates may be employed as basic research scientists in academic institutions and industrial positions, or may go on to further study in PhD and professional doctoral programs.

This program consists of a core basic science curriculum in cell and developmental biology, supplemented with elective courses suited to individual career interests in the basic sciences or in management. Students in our program receive training in theoretical, experimental and practical aspects of normal cell development as well as abnormal aspects of these processes, which may cause birth defects or disease.

The program may be completed on a part-time or accelerated (coursework) schedule over a period of 1.5 to four years. Courses are offered late afternoon/early evening and meet once per week, allowing students the flexibility to work while taking classes or devote their full attention to their studies. Flexibility is the key.

Applications follow University guidelines. Refer to Admissions for further information.

All of our master's programs are designated Professional Science Master’s (PSM). PSM is a graduate/ professional degree grounded in science and designed for a variety of career options in business, government or non-profit organizations. The degree combines advanced coursework in science with an array of professional skill-development activities aligned with the needs of 21st century employers.