Cell and Molecular Biology, M.S.
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. The program prepares students for employment in life sciences or for doctoral-level or professional (medical, M.D./Ph.D.) programs.
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The Professional Science Master's (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, and business-related topics like project management and business plans. An internship serves as the culminating experience.
The thesis-based (research emphasis) track focuses on an intensive, 15 to 18 month research project that 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.
Why Study CMB at Grand Valley?
- The interdisciplinary core program of the PSM provides students with a cross-disciplinary perspective not possible within a single major.
- Courses are taught in a region that is 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 hands-on experience using state-of-the-art equipment.
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Location & Format
- Face To Face
Students study a variety of topics, including:
- Scientific communication
- Ethics and professionalism in science
- Statistics for Life Scientists
- DNA/RNA manipulation
- Cell culture and bioprocessing
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Deadline for fall semester start is February 1, international; and April 1, domestic. Deadline for winter semester start is September 1, international; and November 1, domestic. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to GVSU.
For general requirements for graduate admission, visit Grand Valley State University’s admission section of the online catalog.
Admission into the cell and molecular biology program has additional requirements, which are available on this page.
If you have additional questions, please contact our graduate admissions office.