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Master of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology

The M.S. in cell and molecular biology requires a minimum of 35 credits for the research emphasis and 37 credits for the professional science master's, biotechnology emphasis. A minimum grade of B is required for all courses.

There are separate admissions committees for the research emphasis and the biotechnology emphasis degree programs. The research emphasis is a thesis-based master's degree. The biotechnology emphasis is one of the four internship-based professional science master's (PSM) programs at GVSU.


  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate coursework is required.
  • Satisfactory GRE score.
  • Extensive undergraduate life science experience.
  • Personal statement of career goals and background experiences, including an explanation of how this program will help achieve educational and professional objectives.
  • Written recommendations from at least two individuals who are in positions to attest to the applicant's successful completion of the program.
  • Telecommunications interview with program faculty.

Requirements for the M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology

Biotechnology Emphasis (PSM)

Core Cell and Molecular Biology Emphasis Courses

Requires 22 credits, including:

Interdisciplinary Courses

Shared with PSM degree programs. Requires six credits, including:

Core PSM Courses

Requires five credits, including:

PSM Internship

Requires four credits, including:

Research Emphasis

Core Cell and Molecular Biology Courses

Requires 12 credits, including:

Research and Thesis Courses

Requires six to nine credits.

Biostatistics Course


Cell and Molecular Biology Program Description

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