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Cell and Molecular Biology, M.S.

Professional Science Masters in Biotechnology or Thesis based options.

Cell and molecular biology (CMB) is for students with a passion for the life sciences. It is focused on determining how cells develop and function and the significance of those functions in the living organism. CMB is the basis for such applied fields as biotechnology, pharmacology, and biomedicine. Our program prepares students for employment in life sciences or for doctoral-level or professional (medical, M.D./Ph.D.) programs.

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Program Overview

The Professional Science Masters (PSM) in biotechnology offers a series of high-impact life science courses as well as training in biostatistics and bioinformatics. The PSM program also includes training in scientific communication, ethics and professionalism in science as well as such business-related skills as project management and business plans. An internship serves as the culminating experience.

The thesis-based (research emphasis) track focuses on an intensive, 15-18 month research project which results in a publishable thesis. Students work closely with a research mentor and are expected to present the results of their research at a professional conference.

Application Deadlines

Deadline for fall semester is May 1, international; and April 1, domestic. Winter semester deadline is September 1, international; and November 1, domestic. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Visit

Why Study CMB at Grand Valley?

  • Located within a region quickly developing into an important center for biotechnology research, industry, and education.
  • Rewarding internships are available at the Van Andel Research Institute, Michigan State College of Human Medicine, Spectrum Health Research Labs, Walter's Greenhouses, and other area organizations.
  • Faculty members are actively engaged in research, much of it carried out with students.
  • Laboratories provide students with experience using state-of-the-art equipment.
  • The interdisciplinary core program of the PSM provides students with a cross-disciplinary perspective not possible within a single major.
  • The PSM program provides students with a practical and applied curriculum closely tied to the scientific workforce needs of business and industry and includes internship experience.

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For More Information

Cell and Molecular Biology
3300A Kindschi Hall of Science
(616) 331-2315

Graduate Admissions Office

Location & Format

Classes for graduate students in this major meet downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus and the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.

Format: Face To Face


Students study a variety of topics, including:

  • Scientific communication
  • Ethics and professionalism in science
  • DNA/RNA manipulation
  • Cell culture and bioprocessing
  • Responsible conduct of research

Career Options

CMB prepares students for careers in:

  • Biotechnology
  • Life science research
  • Intellectual property law
  • Forensics
  • Medicine
  • Industry
  • Pharmaceuticals