M.S. in Integrative Cell Biology


The M.S. program in Integrative Cell Biology trains students in the basic science and methodology of Integrative Cell Biology, which allows students to apply this knowledge in pursuit of a PhD level education, within careers in research laboratories, in the biomedical industry, or as primary or secondary educators. Students graduating with an M.S. degree are successful in their pursuit of a PhD or MD education. 


Tuition for academic year (2017-2018) is $1,069/credit hour, and M.S. students are required to take a minimum of 24 credits over the two year course of study. M.S. students are not provided a stipend or tuition remission, but all of the necessary research supplies and equipment are provided to M.S. students at no cost. For more information regarding Tuition and Fees for the Graduate Programs at Loyola University Medical Center please access the following link Tuition and Fees.


The basic curriculum includes Cell Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Systems Biology, Methods Biology, Immunology, Neuroanatomy, Histology, Bioethics, Biostatistics & Gross Anatomy. In their first year, M.S. students take a Core Curriculum in biomedical sciences along with the rest of the M.S. students. Students have the opportunity to take other more specialized courses during their second year of study. In addition to class work, students also participate in a journal club and a seminar series.

The 24 credit hours of course work can be completed during the first year. Some credits may be withheld in the case of a student who want to take a course offered every other year, or one that could not be taken in the first semester due to conflict with the Core Curriculum.

Course of study

Graduate classes are small, and there is a strong emphasis on current scientific literature. The program holds a weekly Journal Club where students present seminars on recent important research articles of their choice. During Journal Club, students closely interact with each other and a faculty member. Students present recent journal articles and participate in stimulating research discussions. In the spring semester, in addition to journal article presentations, students are given the opportunity to practice short talks in an atmosphere similar to what is experienced at national and international meetings. Journal club is intended to facilitate and assist in the development of student’s presentation and critical reading skills, while simultaneously adding to a student's scientific knowledge.

Seminar is a weekly gathering of faculty and students. Visiting speakers present either a topic of personal interest or a report of their current research. These gatherings are intended for both stimulating discussion and as an educational supplement to departmental research activity. In late May/early June, the Departmental Graduate Program hosts a Research in Progress retreat at a local venue. The day is dedicated to short oral presentations by Integrative Cell Biology graduate students, including a few minutes of questions at the end of each presentation.

The remainder of the student's experience in the program is dedicated to thesis research. Students choose a mentor and lab to perform their research to embark on their successful completion of a thesis.


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