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Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Philadelphia, PA, United States
The Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics (MCBG) program is an interdisciplinary graduate program recognizing the need for highly trained scientists conversant across various disciplines.
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The program provides a broad education-training program for graduate students interested in biomedical problems that cross disciplinary boundaries and offers the opportunity for students to choose from approximately 60 faculty in 10 different departments/centers to pursue their research interests. 

This program offers both MS and PhD degrees and focuses on the study of the structure, function and makeup of biologically important molecules within the context of the living cells. Our curriculum and research activities are tailored to students’ needs and interests. 

Our faculty are at the forefront of new advances in the biomedical sciences and new developments in techniques for understanding the genetic and molecular basis of developmental pathways and disease states such as cancer, aging, AIDS, malaria and neurological disorders. 

Consequently, students can pursue a diverse variety of projects that range from the design and development of new therapeutic treatment strategies to the characterization of the molecular mechanisms that underlie various cellular processes and diseases. 

This intensive and research-oriented program provides students with opportunities to perform cutting edge biomedical research employing multidisciplinary strategies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Molecular Structure and Metabolism
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Cell Biology 
  • Cell Signaling and Cell Cycle
  • Cells to Systems
  • Special Topics in MCBG 
  • Advanced Cell Biology 
  • Biostatistics 
  • Scientific Integrity and Ethics

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Graduate Admission Application
  • Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. 
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Essay/Personal Statement
  • Résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Math Science GPA Calculation Form

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13232 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    13232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13232 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Financing a medical education requires a great deal of planning and knowledge about resources. Students are encouraged to begin looking at the financial responsibilities of medical school as early as possible. At the College of Medicine, approximately 93 percent of our students receive financial assistance. The staff of Drexel Central provides confidential counseling to all students as well as information about financial resources for which they are eligible. Additionally, the College of Medicine has a financial planner on staff full time to assist all students and their families with counseling and financial planning during and after their med school years. This service is designed to address the student's entire financial picture beyond financial aid so as to stay on track as they pursue their education, residency and practice.

The College of Medicine administers a variety of programs that offer loans, grants and work opportunities. In order to be considered for financial aid, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The information from the FAFSA feeds into a financial model used by the federal government to calculate each student's and family's contribution to expenses.

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