The Master of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology is designed to produce outstanding graduates, and is the study of the biochemical, biophysical, and genetic processes in cells. Depending on whether a student chooses an emphasis in Research-based Thesis, or Biotechnology Internship, the program is designed for students who are interested in research and may consider continuing their education to earn a Ph.D. or for those preparing for a career working in, or managing, an applied science laboratory.

The Cell and Molecular Biology M.S. program is part of Grand Rapids’ only Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree program, and prepares students in the important and dynamic fields of Cell and Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Biomedical research.

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Median Annual Wage

Source: EMSI, 2020

Career Outlook and Opportunities

According to EMSI, cell and molecular biology opportunities will increase 8% in Michigan and in the U.S. by 2024. The median annual wage for cell and molecular biologists is $81,473, though it fluctuates by region and job title. Students who graduate with an M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology often hold the following job titles:

  • Medical Science Liaisons
  • Research Scientists
  • Biologists
  • Molecular Biology Scientists
  • Research Associates
  • Developmental Scientists
  • Research Analysts
  • Molecular Biology Research Associates

Source: EMSI, 2020

Other Reasons to Study Cell and Molecular Biology at GVSU

  • Outstanding Location. Located within a region quickly developing into an important center for biotechnology research, industry, and education.
  • Experiential Learning. 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.
  • Well-Connected. 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.
  • Student and Faculty Research Opportunities. Faculty members are actively engaged in research, much of it carried out with students.
  • Program Flexibility. The interdisciplinary core program of the PSM provides students with a cross-disciplinary perspective not possible within a single major.


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Course Offerings

The M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology P.S.M. program is a minimum of 36 credits. Students study a variety of topics, including:

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

Visit the online catalog for course offerings and degree requirements.

Course Offerings


The M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology P.S.M. application deadlines are:

  • Fall semester: February 1 (international students) and April 1 (domestic students).
  • Winter semester: September 1 (international students) and November 1 (domestic students).

The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley. Visit the online catalog for admission requirements for this program.
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Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.